What Session Formats are available and how many speakers are needed?

SXSW and SXSW EDU offer many different Session Formats. Below are the Formats you can choose from in the PanelPicker system.


Book Reading (1-2 Speakers)

  • A reading by a recently-published author.

Meet Up (1-2 Hosts)

  • Networking event of like-minded attendees around a particular topic.

Mentor Session (1-on-1)

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

Panel (4 max)

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

Podcast (Up to 4 Speakers / Hosts)

  • Established episodic audio series around a given theme.

Presentation (1-2 Speakers)

  • A prepared presentation, interview or conversation.


Converse (45 mins, 2-3 speakers)

  • A speaker-facilitated, open conversation that focuses on driving a dialogue and connecting communities around a particular topic rather than offering a structured presentation.

Talk (30 mins, 1-4 speakers)

  • A focused, high-energy presentation centered on breakthroughs and insights

Work (1 hour, 2-3 speakers)

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