SXSWedu 2016 Expo photo by Jessy Ann Huff

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SXSWedu convenes education professionals from around the world and the SXSWedu Expo merges that diverse community with Central Texas Students in a unique, high-energy experience. The event features more than a hundred exhibitors, student performances, a student startup competition and opportunities for personal and professional development through session programming and coaching.

In 2016, the Expo brought more than 6,300 students, parents and educators together. New for 2017, the Expo is expanding to a two-day event with the first day open only to SXSWedu registrants and the second day free and open the public.

Day One
Monday, March 6 | 8:00am - 3:00pm

Open to SXSWedu Registrants Only
Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Halls 3 & 4

Attendees Include: Early childhood and K-12 teachers, district and campus administrators, curriculum and instruction leaders, college/university educators and administrators, librarians, media specialist and non-traditional educators

  • Exhibitors
  • Session Programming
  • Morning Mixer

Day Two
Tuesday, March 7 | 8:00am - 3:00pm

FREE and Open to the Public - Free RSVP
Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Halls 3 & 4

Attendees Include: Students (pre-k through college), parents, counselors, K-12, college/university educators and administrators, education focused organizations

  • Exhibitors
  • Session Programming
  • Student Startup Competition
  • College & Career Coaches
  • Student Performances

Expo Overview

Learning Pavilions & Exhibits

The Expo features more than a hundred hands-on, interactive exhibits, organized by theme over a variety of interests including:

  • Colleges, universities, trade schools, certificate programs
  • Instructional technology and curriculum providers
  • Non-Profits and Associations
  • Test prep and tutorial services
  • After school programs, clubs and camps
  • Continuing education and professional development providers
  • Health and wellness programs and products

Exhibits are organized at the event in Learning Pavilions for ease of discovery. Last year's pavilions included; Continuing & Informal Education, College, Employer, Health & Wellness, Music & Arts, Schools, Software & Resources and STEM.

Interested in exhibiting? Fill out the exhibit booth form for more information.

Session Programming

The 2017 Expo will feature an exciting lineup of session programming during both day one and day two of the event. Subject matter will range to cover a variety of topics for both professional workforce development and student youth development.

Programming on day two, Tuesday, March 7, will be free and open to the public.

SXSWedu has partnered with ATPE so that continuing professional education (CPE) credit can be attained by attending these sessions during the event.


On day two of the expo, visitors will have the opportunity to meet with college students and local professionals who align with their interest, education and career goals. These meetings are an opportunity for mentorship and guidance as students, parents and attendees think about their learning goals.

Student Performances

SXSWedu is proud to showcase the talent of learners on the Expo Stage. This lineup of young musicians, writers and entrepreneurs represents some of the best and brightest students in Texas’ thriving education community.

Student Startup Competition

The 2017 Student Startup Competition will take place during the SXSWedu Expo on the Expo Stage. This competition welcomes Central Texas high school students to submit an application for the chance to pitch the team’s latest business idea to a panel of judges and live audience. The winner of the competition will take home a cash prize to fuel their entrepreneurial endeavor. Applications for the 2017 competition will open in December 2016.

SXSWedu 2016 Expo photo by Jessy Ann Huff.