The South by Southwest Panel Picker, the process by which a huge chunk of the panels and speaking sessions across the festival are chosen, is now available for SXSW Interactive, Film, Music and SXSWedu.
The deadline for panel submissions is July 24 (although that likely means Sunday of that week, July 26, if tradition hold).
Anyone can submit a panel for these legs of the festival and if the panel is chosen, that means free badges for panel participants. The festival knows that Panel Picker can sometimes seem like a mysterious process to those who haven’t submitted before, so they’ve set up a FAQ page and a list of emails you can send additional questions to. For the Interactive festival, that email is email@example.com.
Voting on these panel submissions starts in August and concludes in early September.