PanelPicker Community Voting is Open – Cast Your Vote from August 6-30

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PanelPicker® public voting is open! Cast your votes through Thursday, August 30, for the sessions and workshops that you’d like to see at SXSW EDU 2019.

A record number of nearly 1,500 proposals were received for SXSW EDU. These proposals provide not only a robust preview of the ideas and topics that will be at SXSW EDU 2019, but of what is trending in the education landscape more broadly.

Experiential programming that provides in-depth and instructional value is popular at SXSW EDU so it’s no surprise that 20% of the proposals submitted were workshops with another 4% in the Hands On format. A few debates, which were reintroduced as an option in PanelPicker this year, were submitted. Panels were the most submitted format type and accounted for roughly 28% of the SXSW EDU submissions.

New tracks, Accessibility & Inclusion, Emerging Tech, Science of Learning, and Student Agency, proved popular with a lot of entries in each. The K-12 Education track had the highest number of entries with Higher Education trailing close behind it.

Start voting to explore all of the PanelPicker entries for SXSW EDU 2019 and discover for yourself what’s in the mix!

How to Vote

To participate in the voting process, visit and sign in or create a free account.

Once you are logged in to PanelPicker, you can begin the voting process. Select “SXSW EDU 2019” from the conference dropdown and filter through the proposals by session format, programming track, and level. You can also search for by title, description, tags, and speakers in the search field.

Each voter can vote once per proposal – selecting “arrow up” for yes or “arrow down” for no. You can also leave a constructive comment about the proposals you vote on. Have a question for the organizer? This is also a great place to post all of your questions.

During community voting, it’s also important for anyone who submitted a proposal to rally online support for your idea and encourage voting. Use our handy “Vote For My PanelPicker Idea” graphics for promoting your session on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The PanelPicker Process

Each year, PanelPicker helps shape the majority of SXSW EDU conference programming. Community voting comprises 30% of the selection decision, plus input of the SXSW Staff (30%) and Advisory Board (40%) helps ensure that less well-known voices have as much of a chance of being selected to speak at SXSW EDU as individuals with large online followings. Together these percentages help determine the final content lineup.

For more information about the community voting process, read the PanelPicker FAQ and visit the SXSW PanelPicker page. The final deadline for PanelPicker community voting is Thursday, August 30 at 11:59pm PT.

Cast Your Votes

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Jessica MacCall

SXSW EDU Sr Digital Media Manager

As part of the SXSW EDU marketing team, I am passionate about connecting people to ideas of impact. I earned a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications–Electronic Media and Photography from Texas State University and am currently pursuing an MBA from Western Governors University.

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