Lounges and Special Events

SXSWedu party photo Ziv Kruger

Much of the progress that stems from convenings like SXSWedu happens when post-session inspiration collides with a new connection in the industry. To foster these conversations, a variety of social events and lounges are offered to registrants.


Connect with your fellow SXSWedu attendees at one of the conference-wide parties scheduled throughout the week of SXSWedu.

Carnegie Mellon University

Sunday, March 5

SXSWedu Early Bird Social hosted by Carnegie Mellon University

Come mix and mingle with your fellow attendees Sunday evening after you pick up your SXSWedu registration badge. The early bird social is a great way to make new connections before programming kicks off on Monday!


Monday, March 6

SXSWedu Opening Party hosted by Renaissance

Finish the first day of programming with beverages and billiards at the Opening Party hosted by Renaissance!


Tuesday, March 7

CatchOn Launch Party hosted by CatchOn

After months of stealth mode, CatchOn will be making their public debut at SXSWedu. Come out and celebrate their anticipated launch with a fun night out at Cedar Street.

Tuesday, March 7

SXSWedu Startup Showcase

The Startup Showcase is a networking event that spotlights education startups at SXSWedu. The cocktail style reception provides attendees the opportunity to demo products and offer valuable, real-time feedback in a fun and casual atmosphere.

Walton Family Foundation

Wednesday, March 8

Launch Party hosted by Walton Family Foundation

The Launch Party hosted by Walton Family Foundation is the culmination of two days of competition between some of the most innovative startups in education. Swing by to see which startup will win, and enjoy refreshments and live entertainment.


Wednesday, March 8

Celebrate the 21st Century Educator - A Cocktail Hour hosted by Kiddom

Kiddom invites you to join us as we celebrate 21st century educators empowered with technology and unlocking potential in classrooms around the world. Mingle and share best practices with like-minded educators. Learn how Kiddom connects educators with the best tools in one free platform. Meet Kiddom’s team of former educators that use an empathy-based approach to designing education technology.


McGraw Hill

Monday, March 6 - Thursday, March 9

McGraw-Hill Education Lounge

Stop by the lounge to relax, recharge and find out how McGraw-Hill Education can make the science of learning work for you, simply.

SXSWedu party photo Ziv Kruger.