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Get your ideas ready for the SXSW 2014 Panel Picker

Okay, we missed the note in May about the Panel Picker (but hey, half the Senior Editorial team was at the Eurovision Song Contest, okay), but if you’ve not sharpened your ideas pencil, it’s time to get started. The process to select the panels for SXSW 2014 will officially start on July 1st, as the Austin team will open up the Panel Picker for you to submit your ideas for panels.

Submissions can be made up until the 26th July, with public voting to follow later in the year. While topping the vote does not 100% guarantee your panel will make the grade for March, all the votes and comments will play a large part in the selection process. And all that most people will have to go on is what you put down in the submission form. Hence the ideas pencil.

You might want to think about the four key words SXSW have mentioned in their ‘Tips for Success‘ when putting together your proposal… gender, race, opinion, and geography.

Best of luck!

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