PanelPicker® is the unique SXSW process used for determining each year’s programming lineup. It serves as a public forum meant to foster creative ideas and diverse conversations both before, during, and after SXSW.


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About PanelPicker


The vast majority of SXSW Gaming sessions are selected through an interface called the PanelPicker.

The PanelPicker is a two-step online process that takes place each summer and allows the SXSW community to have a significant voice in programming, which can take the form of panels, solo talks, workshops, mentor positions, and more, during the SXSW Gaming, SXSW, and SXSWedu Conferences. For more information on the PanelPicker, please view the FAQ or email

This easy to use interface combines public voting, expert opinion, as well as staff input to democratically determine the Conference’s programming lineup. Each proposal is given a composite scored based on the public’s voting (33%), the views of our Advisory Board (33%), and of the SXSW Staff’s input (33%). Each proposal is given thoughtful reflection and discussion.

PanelPicker is now open and will close at 11:59 PT on Friday, July 21. Please stay tuned for more information on PanelPicker for the 2018 season via social media, or sign up for the SXSW Newsletter to stay well-informed about all of SXSW’s deadlines and announcements.

If you have an innovative idea for the 2018 SXSW Gaming festival, don’t miss your chance to participate in this year’s PanelPicker process!

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2017 SXSW Gaming Schedule

Learn more about the dozens of new experiences enjoyed this year at SXSW Gaming, and browse our 2017 lineup of unique sessions, panels, and meet ups that all attendees got to see.

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Interested in showing off your latest product, project or game in an exciting and energetic atmosphere? With an attendance expanding beyond 46,000 attendees in 2017, the SXSW Gaming Expo is the perfect place to do so! Learn more about exhibiting at the SXSW Gaming Expo in 2018 today!

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