Announcing Tim Ferriss Keynote, 40+ Mentors, Featured Sessions and More

Written by Jessica MacCall | December 14, 2016

Tim Ferriss

The new year is approaching which mean SXSWedu, March 2017, is just around the corner! The program is starting to take shape and we are excited to share several programming announcements for the Conference & Festival including keynote Tim Ferriss who will be interviewed by Charles Best, a robust list of mentors, performances (NEW) and so much more.

Wednesday Keynote: Tim Ferriss in Conversation with Charles Best

Charles Best
Charles Best

Best-selling author and 21st-century learner, Tim Ferriss will keynote SXSWedu 2017 in a conversation with Charles Best, Founder and CEO of (who you may remember from his 2015 SXSWedu keynote). In an intimate fireside chat titled, The Secrets of Accelerated Learning and Mastery Ferriss, the author of recently published Tools of Titans, will explore his commitment to the quest for knowledge.

Tim Ferriss has been listed as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People,” one of Forbes’s “Names You Need to Know,” and one of Fortune’s “40 under 40.” He is an early-stage technology investor/advisor (Uber, Facebook, Shopify, Duolingo, Alibaba, and 50+ others) and the author of three #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers: The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef. The Observer and other media have called Tim “the Oprah of audio” due to the influence of The Tim Ferriss Show podcast, which has exceeded 100 million downloads and was selected for "Best of iTunes" in 2015. His latest book is Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers.

More Than 40 Mentors Selected to Share Their Expertise at SXSWedu

The SXSWedu mentor program encourages connection between experienced professionals and curious attendees. More than 40 professionals have been selected and will be on-hand at SXSWedu 2017 to answer questions, provide advice and share industry-specific knowledge with mentees.

SXSWedu attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for the mentors that they would like to meet with prior to the event. Stay tune for sign up information and additional mentor announcements as March approaches.

NEW Series of Performances Announced

New for SXSWedu 2017, we are excited to introduce performances to take place throughout the event, March 6-9, 2017. The performance series will offer attendees the opportunity to experience and reflect on the value of performing arts as vehicle for deeper learning. The series will showcase performances from theatrical groups, literacy development programs, music groups and more.

Today, we are thrilled to announce the first two performances, kindly hosted by The Paramount Academy for the Arts, confirmed for SXSWedu 2017. Keep reading to learn more about each of these performances and the organizations hosting them at SXSWedu.

American Revolution
by Theater Unspeakable, Chicago, IL

The Paramount Story Wranglers
by the Paramount Academy for the Arts, Austin, TX

Additional Featured Sessions Added

In addition to today's keynote announcement, we're excited to share the addition of a few new featured sessions for SXSWedu. Featured sessions headline each hour of the conference day and explore topics that impact the future of how we teach, learn and grow.

Carmen FarinaChancellor Carmen Farina

Daniel R. PorterfieldDaniel R. Porterfield

Kathleen McCartneyKathleen McCartney

 Mike_KlebaMike Kleba

Ryan OHaraRyan O'Hara

Sean DecaturSean Decatur

Ursulina RamirezUrsulina Ramirez

Z Mike WangZ Mike Wang

Chief Teachers

Liberal Arts 2.0: The Role of Colleges in Society

The Big Apple's Big Bet: Equity & Excellence 4 All

Innovative Organizations Selected to Share Their Educational Approaches in the Playground

Last month we shared the initial list of organizations that have been selected to display in the Playground at SXSWedu 2017. That list has grown and we are excited to share the list of organizations that will be offering attendees the opportunity to engage in participatory activities and explore new innovative approaches for the classroom, March 6-9, 2017.

  • East Austin College Prep
  • EdX Lab
  • Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center on behalf of the Smithsonian Institution's Early Learning Collaborative
  • Workbench Platform

Night School and Sonita Films Confirmed to Screen

Night School film The lineup of films confirmed to screen at SXSWedu continues to grow with today's announcement of Night School and Sonita.

Night School explores the challenges and broader systemic roadblocks faced by many low income Americans and in particular, three adult-ed students working to earn their high school diploma in hope of a better life.

Sonita film

Sonita centers on an 18-year-old undocumented Afghan illegal immigrant living in the suburbs of Tehran as she fights to live the way she wants; as a rapper in spite of all her obstacles she confronts in Iran and her conservative family.

More Policy Forum Sessions Added

The Policy Forum elevates and highlights policy-focused discussions that impact public and higher education. Led by a diverse range of legislative voices and civic leaders addressing critical issues, the forum provides an opportunity for the SXSWedu community to interact with policy makers and thought leaders to help shape the future of education together.

Brain-Informed Education for All: Is it Possible?

Data Today: Trends and Predictions for Higher Ed

More Meet Ups, More Opportunities to Find Your Tribe

Meet ups are topic-focused networking events that encourage communities at SXSWedu to connect with others who share similar passions or interest during the event. Several meet ups have been announced and the list continues to grow with several new additions today!

Join Us, March 6-9, at SXSWedu

Register to attend SXSWedu by Friday, January 13 to save $100 off the walk-up rate and book your Austin hotel at secured conference rates.

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