The highly-competitive SXSW festival doesn’t begin until Friday, March 7 2014, but if you’re looking to submit a panel idea, that’s practically around the corner! To help you all out, we’re re-posting excerpts from an email we recently received from SXSW’s PanelPicker:

…We wanted to remind you that the 2014 Interactive Festival PanelPicker ( is now open and accepting programming proposals. You, as the community, play a large role in telling us what you would like to see more (or less of) at SXSW by submitting and voting on PanelPicker entries, and we hope that you’ll submit an idea again this year…be sure to make note of the following important dates in the 2014 SXSW selection process…:

  • Friday, July 26, 2013: 2014 SXSW PanelPicker entry process closes at 11:59 pm CT
  • Monday, August 19, 2013: 2014 SXSW PanelPicker voting process begins
  • Friday, September 6, 2013: 2014 SXSW PanelPicker voting process ends at 11:59 pm CD
  • Monday, October 14, 2013: First content announcement for the 2014 Interactive Festival

Got questions regarding what it takes to make the cut…? Then be sure to read the PanelPicker FAQ ( which contains almost all the PanelPicker information your heart could possibly desire. As a freebie, we will say that for 2014 we will continue our trend of increasing the number of solo, dual and instructional workshop programming that we accept, in lieu of panel sessions.

If your questions aren’t answered by the PanelPicker FAQ  please shoot us an email to [email protected] and we will be happy to answer all your SXSW-related questions. We look forward to reading through all of your mind-blowing ideas. Remember that SXSW is positioned at the forefront of creativity, so get inventive with it. The more innovative your speaking proposal, the better!

So…get to it! Let us know on Twitter @FirebrandGrp what you submit, so we can support your panel.

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