Deadlines

Submissions Open

09:00AM AEDT Thursday, 8 December 2022

Submissions Close

11:59PM AEDT Tuesday, 14 February 2023

About SXSW Sydney Session Select

SXSW Sydney collaborates with the world’s most innovative creative professionals and industry experts to deliver the Conference program through Session Select, its platform for individuals and groups to submit proposals across multiple conference programming tracks. It is an opportunity to share and discuss ground-breaking ideas on the world stage.


Formats can include panels, solo presentations, workshops, meet-ups and mentor sessions. We are also interested in reading your suggestions for speakers across the Conference program.


Our application form will walk you step-by-step through the process and you can read the Session Select FAQs for more information on your proposal.


Submissions for SXSW Sydney Session Select open on 8 December 2022 at 9am AEDT and close on 14 February 2023 at 11:59pm AEDT.

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we're looking for your proposal for a panel or session, or your ideas for speakers we should be across.

Session Formats

Proposals for sessions can include the following formats:


  • Panel (1hr): diverse discussion around a specific topic. Established episodic podcasts also accepted. Four speakers maximum, including a moderator.
  • Presentation (1hr): 1-2 speakers offering a deep dive into a targeted topic. Book readings, conversations or interview formats are all accepted.
  • Workshop (length varies): deep dive sessions with hands-on learning activities and specific takeaways for professional growth and development.
  • Meet-up (1hr): bringing together attendees with similar interests to broaden their community in either a networking/mixer style or a campfire discussion. 1-2 hosts.

For more information, please refer to the SXSW Sydney 2023 Session Select FAQs.


How does SXSW Sydney choose sessions?

Once Session Select 2023 submissions close, they’re made available on our website for public voting. This plays an important role in the SXSW Sydney programming, ensuring that content is timely and relevant to its audiences.

Voting results, alongside advice from our independent industry advisory boards, will assist the SXSW Sydney team in determining our final content line up.

If your submission is successful, you will be the primary point of contact and are responsible for all session information related to the proposal. The SXSW Sydney team will assist you in the delivery of your proposal, but you will lead it.


Conference Tracks

Looking for inspiration?

Our conference is the centre of SXSW Sydney. This year’s event will include hundreds of panels, presentations, workshops and mentor sessions across the following 18 tracks. When working on your proposal, it’s good to keep in mind which of our conference tracks it might fit into.

session select FAqs

What is SXSW Sydney 2023 Session Select and how can I enter? What is the timeline for Session Select? How are Session Select proposals chosen for inclusion at SXSW Sydney? What responsibilities does a proposal's Primary Contact have? What if I am entering this idea on behalf of my client, or someone else? Will all the information I enter in my proposal be visible in the public interface? What makes for a good Session Select proposal? What session formats are available and how many speakers are needed? What do I need to consider when proposing speakers? What role do moderators play? Do I have to have a moderator if I propose a panel? When entering a proposal for a panel, do I need to confirm attendance of all speakers before entering? I have a product or service I think SXSW Sydney audiences need to hear about. Can I propose a session to promote it? Can I edit my proposal? Tell me about public voting: how it will work? If my idea is selected, what happens next? Do speakers receive complimentary event admission? Can I see what my proposal will look like before actually entering it? Technical questions regarding your submission.