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.

Mixers, Socials and Parties

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

Carnegie Mellon University

SXSWedu Early Bird Social hosted by Carnegie Mellon University Masters of Educational Technology and Applied Learning Science (METALS

Sunday, March 5 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown, 6th Floor Prefunction
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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 Morning Mixer

Monday, March 6 | 8:00am - 9:30am**
Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 4
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Come kick off the first day of programming at SXSWedu with coffee and breakfast!


Renaissance

SXSWedu Opening Party hosted by Renaissance

Monday, March 6 | 7:30am - 11:00am
Buffalo Billiards
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Finish the first day of programming with beverages and billiards at the Opening Party hosted by Renaissance Learning!


National Council on Teacher Quality

Morning Mixer & Special Announcement hosted by National Council on Teacher Quality

Tuesday, March 7 | 8:00am - 9:30am
Austin Convention Center, Room 12AB
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Start your morning with coffee & breakfast to celebrate the winners of the first-ever Great Districts for Great Teachers initiative. Learn the policies that top school districts use to attract and support great teachers.


SHP

Learn by Design Happy Hour & Winner Announcement hosted by SHP Leading Design

Tuesday, March 7 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Austin Convention Center, 4th Floor Prefunction
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The Learn by Design Happy Hour & Winner Announcement will conclude the inaugural Learn by Design competition between five finalists in each category: conceptual, experiential, and physical. Come by to enjoy drinks and conversations while we announce the winner in each category.


SXSWedu Startup Showcase hosted by Macmillan Learning

Tuesday, March 7 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
JW Marriott, 3rd Floor Prefunction
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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.


Meet XPRIZE & the EdTech Solution Competitors hosted by XPRIZE

Tuesday, March 7 | 7:00pm - 11:00pm
The Market
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Join us for beverages, nibbles and great conversation celebrating current Global Learning XPRIZE and Adult Literacy XPRIZE competitors.


Catchon

CatchOn Launch Party hosted by CatchOn

Tuesday, March 7 | 7:30pm - 11:00pm**
Cedar Street Courtyard
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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.


Kiddom

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

Wednesday, March 8 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Moonshine
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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.


Cerego

Hub Crawl hosted by Cerego

Wednesday, March 8 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott, Griffin Hall
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The Industry Hub and Higher Ed Hub will join together for the first ever Hub Crawl! Grab a beverage and mix and mingle with fellow attendees between the Industry Hub and Higher Ed Hub.


Walton Family Foundation

Launch Party hosted by Walton Family Foundation

Wednesday, March 8 | 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Lustre Pearl
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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.


Top Trends in Higher Education 2017 Morning Mixer hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education

Thursday, March 9 | 8:00am - 9:00am
Hilton Austin Downtown, 6th Floor Prefunction
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This laid-back session, presented over morning coffee and light breakfast, identifies key issues college leaders will face in the coming year, and lets participants cast votes on the ones they find most pressing.


SXSWedu Closing Party

Thursday, March 9 | 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Maggie Mae's
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Toast to the closing of SXSWedu 2017 with friends, new and old, at Maggie Mae’s on Austin’s historic Sixth Street!


Lounges

McGraw Hill

McGraw-Hill Education Lounge

Monday, March 6 - Thursday, March 9
Hilton Austin Downtown, Room 406
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Stop by the lounge to relax, recharge and find out how McGraw-Hill Education can make the science of learning work for you, simply.


Kahoot! Lounge

Monday, March 6 - Thursday, March 9
JW Marriott, 3rd Floor Prefunction
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Come relax and recharge while learning what Kahoot! is all about!


Social Sensory Architectures Lounge

Monday, March 6 - Thursday, March 9
Austin Convention Center, Room 13AB
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SXSWedu party photo Ziv Kruger.