With a huge nudge from Adria Richards, I submitted a proposal to the Panelpicker for the 2011 South by Southwest Interactive Festival. You can read all you want about what the Panelpicker is, exactly. The short version is that the general public gets to submit ideas which are vetted by SXSW staff, whittled down, and then turned back over to the public for voting. Panelpicker votes, however, are only worth 30% in the selection process. The remainder comes from SXSW Interactive staff (30%) and an advisory board (40%).
So I made it over hurdle #1 (submitting something in the first place) and hurdle #2 (making it into the Panelpicker). My panel proposal is entitled How to Ensure a Diverse Tech Event: