SXSWedu held its inaugural event in March 2011— with the goal of celebrating innovations in learning. Beginning as a Texas-focused K-12 event, SXSWedu 2011 took place in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency in support of Project Share, a statewide learning environment. In 2012, SXSWedu hosted more than 2,000 attendees from across the country, who came together to join the conversation about the future of education. SXSWedu 2012 also saw the inaugural LAUNCHedu, an education entrepreneurs’ competition that provides a vibrant forum for early-stage edtech startups.
SXSWedu 2013 continued to grow, evolving into the SXSWedu Conference & Festival. With an expanded program, the event introduced several new initiatives including eduFILM, the Policy Forum and Makerspace, which later evolved into the Playground. Additionally, SXSWedu unveiled what is now known as the Education Expo, a free and open to the public event celebrating lifelong learning in central Texas. In 2014, SXSWedu hosted an increasingly international community, contributing insights from more than 35 different nations around the globe. Some 300 sessions and workshops with more than 700 speakers further established the event as a powerful platform to drive education innovation.
SXSWedu marked its fifth anniversary in 2015, celebrating an ever-growing community with an expanded program. Mentors were introduced and Summit programming made its debut, focusing on more opportunities for in-depth learning and development as well as action-oriented content for attendees. SXSWedu 2015 also featured a special Closing Program, reflecting on education through the lens of music, film and interactive technologies in the SXSW spirit of creativity and collaboration.
Developing from a regional event into an international platform, SXSWedu continues to support its community’s desire to connect, collaborate, create and change how we teach and learn. The SXSWedu team is humbled to host an event that celebrates educators as rock stars and provides a forum for meaningful outcomes.
We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 SXSWedu Conference & Festival, March 7-10, in Austin, Texas!