Keynotes are at the apex of each day’s programming and represent well-regarded leaders extending the frontiers of education. While these hour-long presentations vary in topic and theme, all bring to the stage inspired visionaries committed to the future of teaching and learning.

Learn more about the speakers already confirmed for SXSWedu 2015 and stay tuned for additional keynote announcements throughout the season.

Charles Best

Opening Keynote
Monday, March 9

Charles Best


Charles Best leads, a nonprofit organization that provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can choose the projects they want to support.

Charles launched the organization in 2000 out of a Bronx public high school where he taught history. is one of Oprah Winfrey's "ultimate favorite things" and was featured on the cover of Fast Company as one of the "50 Most Innovative Companies in the World." For three years, Fortune Magazine has named Charles to its "40 under 40 hottest rising stars in business.”