PanelPicker Tips for Entering a Strong Session Proposal

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SXSW EDU is accepting PanelPicker proposals through Friday, October 16. Anyone interested in speaking on the program as part of the SXSW EDU Online digital experience, March 9-11, 2021, is encouraged to enter a session idea!

To propose a session visit panelpicker.sxsw.com and sign in with your universal SXSW account or create one for free with your email address and a password. Begin your proposal by selecting “+ EDU Proposal.”

Application Overview

The application form is divided into six steps and PanelPicker allows you to save and continue as you go. Click on the question mark icons next to important fields throughout the proposal for helpful tips and guidelines.

  1. Session Organizer
  2. Title & Characteristics
  3. Description & Objectives
  4. Resources
  5. Speakers
  6. Review & Submit

Submission Tips

Here are a few tips to help you craft the perfect proposal.

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  • Sessions should have a specific focus – proposals that dive deep on a topic are more likely to be selected than those that are broad and unfocused
  • Craft the perfect title – capture readers’ attention with a title that is concise and explanatory (max. 50 characters including spaces)
  • Select the right format for your goal – choose the format that best fits your session structure and presentation style
  • Cut out overused buzzwords – keep things simple and focus on substantive ideas that clearly communicate your ojectives
  • Diversify your speakers – the most interesting sessions are ones that include many different perspectives
  • Outline actionable learning objectives – provide three specific learning objectives that highlight concrete audience takeaways
  • Include a video – add a short, creative video to serve as the digital face of your proposal
  • Creativity matters – ideas that provide insight on current best practices or an innovative look towards the future are more likely to be selected
  • Do not be advertorial – advertorial or brand-centered session proposals and descriptions are not allowed
  • Proofread before submitting – use proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation, do not write your title or description in all lowercase letters, double-check that the proposal is error-free

For more tips and helpful information about the PanelPicker application process, download the PanelPicker Guide and sign up for the SXSW EDU newsletter.

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