South by Southwest’s annual PanelPicker, the primary venue for public to submit programming ideas for next year’s SXSW, is up and running. The submission period will be open until Friday, July 20 (which in SXSW-speak typically means midnight the Sunday after that), and there are 25 programming tracks for the March 2019 conference.
Why would you want to do that? For one thing,those who successfully submit a panel, as well as their panelists, get free badges for the event.
Hugh Forrest, chief programming officer of SXSW, said that the biggest change for PanelPicker this year is the addition of two major new tracks, ”Blockchain & Crypto” and “Cannabusiness.”
“Because SXSW is always evolving, changing and improving, many other tracks from last year’s event have been revised and widened in scope,” Forrest said.
Both the blockchain and cannabis-related tracks will be scheduled for the latter half of SXSW week and “Blockchain & Crypto” is an expansion of a series of session that proved of great interest at SXSW 2018.
A few other panel track changes for PanelPicker, according to Forrest:
- “Government” is now “Cities, Government & Politics,” that rolls in the “Cities Summit” held at this year’s SXSW.
- “Coding & Programming” is now “Coding & Development” and will be done in more of a workshop format.
- “Workplace” is now “Future Workplace” because the future is now or will be here soon enough.
- “Health” is now “Health & MedTech” to give it more of a technology spin.
- “Social & Global Impact” adds the word “Global” to reflect a lot of its international-related content.
- “Style and Retail” will increasingly focus on retail innovation.
- “News & Journalism” is now “Media & Journalism” to reflect a wider industry view.
- “Tech Industry & Enterprise” will emphasis business-to-business and will go from March 8 to March 14, 2019.
- “VR/AR/MR” adds mixed-reality to the mix, which SXSW sees as a growing trend.
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