News and Updates

Howard Fuller
Written by Patrick | October 20, 2014
Tags: Featured

Featured Find: No Struggle, No Progress

Featured sessions occur at the top of every daytime programming hour during SXSWedu. These thought-provoking presentations, broadly aligned with trending topics, feature high-profile speakers and leaders in learning. An exciting lineup of featured sessions has already been confirmed and announced for the 2015 Conference & Festival. Check out the full listing and stay tuned as we individually highlight these sessions leading up to March!

Charles Best
Written by Patrick | October 17, 2014
Tags: Keynote

Charles Best of DonorsChoose.org to Be Opening Keynote

SXSWedu is thrilled to announce that our opening keynote speaker on March 9 will be Charles Best, of DonorsChoose.org.

Charles, a history teacher from the Bronx, founded DonorsChoose.org in 2000 with the goal of making it easy for anyone to donate to schools in need. Public school teachers, all across America, post various classroom projects on the site and anyone can make a donation, large or small. When a school project reaches its funding goal, the materials are shipped to the school for teacher and student use.

Panel photo by Robert Santos
Written by Jessi | October 14, 2014

More Than 150 Sessions, Opening Keynote, Featured Sessions, eduFILM Screenings and Playground Presentations Announced!

SXSWedu is beyond thrilled to release the first big programming announcement for the 2015 SXSWedu Conference & Festival, March 9-12 in Austin, Texas. This news includes more than 150 sessions, the 2015 opening keynote, a diverse lineup of featured sessions, the first of many compelling eduFILM screenings, Playground Talks and Hands On presentations. Check out all of the goodness now and register to attend the event before the upcoming discount deadline.

Playground photo by Randy & Jackie Smith
Written by Patrick | October 3, 2014

Submit a Playground Display Application Today

SXSWedu is fueled by imagination and inventiveness. The Playground, a relaxed learning space that encourages creativity and discovery by focusing on innovative pursuits in maker, STEM, gaming, virtual learning and arts integration, embodies these qualities. Numerous hands-on displays, presentations and short talks prompt conversation and collaboration in this high energy, constructive space. SXSWedu is now accepting applications from organizations who want to take part in the Playground as a display.

SXSWedu attendee photo by Debbie Finley
Written by Kathleen | September 29, 2014

Big Thanks to the SXSWedu 2015 Advisory Board!

SXSWedu had a record number of proposals submitted to PanelPicker this year. More than 1,000 proposals were submitted and SXSWedu would like to thank the 2015 Advisory Board for taking the time to provide their insight and expertise in the selection process. The Advisory Board’s input accounts for 40% of the selection formula, along with the SXSWedu staff (30%) and community voting (30%).

SXSWedu 2014 LAUNCHedu Winner by Randy & Jackie Smith
Written by Patrick | September 24, 2014

Innovative Educational Startup? Apply for LAUNCHedu Today

LAUNCHedu, a competition for startups who have an inventive idea or product related to education, provides a unique platform to present and discuss innovation in education. Companies with a new or developing startup are invited to apply for a chance to participate in the competition. The most promising startups will be selected as finalists and will present to a diverse panel of industry experts, early adopters, educators and members of the SXSWedu audience.