PanelPicker is a session proposal platform that gives the SXSW community a significant voice in programming conference activities (presentations, panels, discussions, demonstrations, etc.) for the SXSW Conference and SXSW EDU. Prospective speakers submit their session ideas to PanelPicker, then the community, SXSW Advisory Board and SXSW staff choose the best proposals.
2007 was the first year that PanelPicker-generated proposals were included as part of programming for the SXSW Interactive Festival. In 2010 the PanelPicker was extended to include SXSW Music and SXSW Film, and 2012 was the first year PanelPicker was used for SXSW EDU.
Special thanks to Lindsey Simon for developing the original SXSW PanelPicker. The PanelPicker was redesigned in 2013 by SXSW staff.