What session formats are available and how many speakers are needed?

SXSW offers many different session formats. Below are the formats you can choose from in the PanelPicker system.

SXSW:

Book Reading (60 minutes)

  • A reading by a recently-published author. One or two speakers.

Focus15 (15 minutes)

  • Focus15s are short solo presentations featuring the wisdom and experience of the SXSW community. Focus15s are linked by a shared theme, topic or trend, with each group of four presentations taking place in a one-hour time block.

Meet Up (60 minutes)

  • Networking event of like-minded attendees around a particular topic. One or two hosts.

Mentor Session (75 minutes)

  • One-on-one session with an industry expert. The Mentor counsels each individual attendee for fifteen minutes, meeting with up to five registrants.

Panel (60 minutes)

  • Diverse discussion around a particular topic. Four speakers max (including a moderator, if applicable).

Podcast (60 minutes)

  • Established episodic audio series around a given theme. Up to a total of four speakers and hosts.

Presentation (60 minutes)

  • A prepared presentation, interview or conversation with one or two speakers.


SXSW EDU:

Campfire (1-2 speakers / 60 minutes)

  • A speaker-led, open conversation that focuses on driving a dialogue with attendees around a particular topic rather than offering a structured presentation

Case Study (1-3 speakers / 60 minutes)

  • A focused presentation highlighting research findings from relevant initiatives and projects, followed by audience Q&A

Future20 (1 speaker / 20 minutes)

  • A short solo presentation highlighting new and emerging ideas, followed by an optional audience Q&A

Hands On (1-2 speakers / 30 minutes)

  • A short, informal, activity-based session that facilitates interactive and creative learning techniques

Meet Up (1-2 speakers / 60 minutes)

  • A speaker-facilitated networking event that encourages communities to connect around similar topics, passions, roles, or interests

Panel (2-4 speakers / 60 minutes)

  • A diverse and dynamic exploration of a particular topic, followed by audience Q&A

Performance (1-3 speakers / 90 minutes)

  • A dynamic performance combined with a workshop-style experience offering a deeper understanding of the concepts fueling the performance, and activities that can be adopted for the classroom

Podcast (2-4 speakers / 60 minutes)

  • A podcast conversation on topics across the education landscape, hosted by media organizations and recorded in an intimate setting amongst a live audience at the event

Talk (2-3 speakers / 30 minutes)

  • A focused, high-energy presentation centered on breakthroughs and insights, followed by audience Q&A

Workshop (1-3 speakers / 90 minutes)

  • An in-depth, instructional program with hands-on learning activities and specific takeaways
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