March 8-15, 2024

From workshops to panels, the SXSW Conference offers a variety of formats to help registrants learn and connect with one another.

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Conference Formats


The SXSW Conference offers different programming formats that empower attendees to learn, discover, and connect. Make the most of your experience by understanding which of these formats will work best for achieving your creative and career-enhancing goals.

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1 Hour Sessions


Daily Keynotes showcase some of the world's most inspired thinkers with powerful new ideas in the ever-evolving worlds of technology, film, culture, and music.

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1 Hour Sessions

Featured Sessions

Featured Sessions bring together some of the biggest and brightest names of our time. Spanning across various trends and SXSW Conference tracks, Featured Speakers present a snapshot of the most transformative ideas shaping our future.

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1 Hour Sessions

Presentations / Panels

The vast majority of our Conference programming is sourced through our community via PanelPicker®.

Presentations include 1-2 experts offering deep dives into targeted topics. Panels feature 3-4 industry professionals sharing different perspectives based on a specific subject.

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90-120 Minute Sessions


Workshops offer a variety of hands-on learning activities and specific takeaways for professional growth.

Advance sign-up is required and access is limited to the primary badge type listed for each event on the SXSW Schedule. More RSVP info coming January 2024.

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15 Minute Sessions

Mentor Sessions

Mentor Sessions offer one-on-one coaching by professionals from all areas of the tech, film, and music industries. Within the 75 minute duration of Mentor Sessions, there will be five one-on-one meetings.

Advance sign-up is required and access is limited to the primary badge type listed for each event on the SXSW Schedule. More RSVP info coming January 2024.

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1 Hour Sessions

Fireside Chat

SXSW is the hub for creatives and visionaries seeking answers to those thought provoking questions. Take this opportunity to listen in on exciting conversations from experts and enthusiasts alike.

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1 Hour Sessions

Meet Ups

With SXSW attracting registrants from all over the world, Meet Ups are a more relaxed way to connect, seek out inspiration, and find collaboration opportunities across a wide range of industries, interests and groups.

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Length Varies

Short Form

Quick and straight to the point, the Short Form presentation is a great way to immerse yourself into the beauty of the SXSW Conference in a 5-30 minute window.

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1 Hour Sessions

Book Reading

The Book Reading format presents authors and their audience a chance to explore the themes or motifs present in their work, live at SXSW.

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