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The SXSWedu® Conference & Festival fosters innovation in learning by hosting a diverse and energetic community of stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds in education. The four-day event affords registrants open access to engaging sessions, interactive workshops, hands on learning experiences, cinematic portrayals, early stage startups and a host of networking opportunities. By providing a platform for collaboration, SXSWedu works to promote creativity and social change.

SXSWedu is a component of the South by Southwest family of conferences and festivals that includes SXSW Music, Film and Interactive; SXSW Eco and SXSW V2V. Internationally recognized as the convergence gathering for the creative arts, SXSWedu extends SXSW’s support for the art of engagement beyond musicians, filmmakers and new media innovators to include society’s true rock stars: educators!

SXSWedu Conference & Festival At a Glance

Keynotes and Featured Sessions

Thought-provoking presentations, broadly aligned to trending topics, featuring high-profile speakers and leaders in learning.

Sessions and Workshops

A robust lineup of programming, made up of more than 300 sessions that range from panel discussions and future15 talks to workshops and core conversations.


An interactive playground celebrating creative pursuits in maker, STEM, gaming, arts and more with displays, talks and hands on learning opportunities.


An education startup event showcasing some of the most innovative early-stage companies in a fast-paced competition that unfolds in front of a judging panel of practitioners, entrepreneurs and investors.


A series hosted at a downtown Austin theater that features newly released films that illuminate pressing issues in education, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Policy Forum

A series of press-moderated conversations that convenes prominent voices to address a variety of high-impact policy topics in public and higher education.

Socials & Lounges

Designed to provide attendees an opportunity to connect and network with topic-focused events and conversation-inducing settings during SXSWedu.

Education Expo

A free and open to the public event at SXSWedu that provides a collaborative environment for learners of all ages to explore their immediate and long-term education and career goals with interactive exhibits, compelling speakers and more.


Summits a new facet of programming, debuting at SXSWedu 2015, will serve as an event within an event. Typically, lasting longer than a traditional session or workshop, attendees can anticipate summits to offer a more intimate and collaborative environment, with the end goal of actionable outcomes.

Closing Program

The 2015 SXSWedu Conference & Festival will conclude with a special closing program the afternoon of Thursday, March 12. This exciting session will consist of a single-stage program featuring a variety of presenters who impact and inspire the field of learning.