Sara Goldrick-Rab Keynote, Playground Displays, 100+ Sessions and More Announced for March

Written by Jessica MacCall | November 15, 2016

SXSWedu Keynote Sara Goldrick-Rab photo credit Chris Kendig

We are excited to share that Sara Goldrick-Rab will keynote, more than one hundreds sessions have been added to the program, the Playground displays have been selected plus tons of other great announcements for the 2017 SXSWedu Conference & Festival taking place March 6-9, 2017 in Austin, Texas.

Register to attend by Friday, November 18 and save $150 on the walk-up rate. When you register you will gain access to all of this exciting programming, new events and so much more!

Sara Goldrick-Rab Announced as SXSWedu Tuesday Keynote

Sara Goldrick-Rab is Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology at Temple University, and Founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab. Her research examines the intended and unintended consequences of the college-for-all movement in the United States. She is the recipient of the William T. Grant Foundation’s Faculty Scholars Award and the American Educational Research Association’s Early Career Award. In September 2016, the University of Chicago published her latest book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream.

Playground Displays Selected

The Playground provides a destination for attendees to explore, discover, participate and learn with like-minded individuals. Fueled by innovation through discovery, the Playground hosts a number of educational pursuits highlighting maker, STEM, gaming, virtual learning, accessibility, arts integration and more.

The wall-to-wall creative energy within the SXSWedu Playground comes from the various elements that take place in the space, including talks, hands-on presentations and displays. We're pleased to share the first batch of organizations selected to display in the Playground:

  • HouseStories, Inc.
  • IMATS at Barnard College, Columbia University
  • The James Dyson Foundation
  • Museum in a Box
  • n2y
  • Immersive Experience Lab
  • Open Source Skateboards
  • Progressive Arts Alliance
  • Robolink
  • Vidcode
  • Workbench Platform

Newtown Confirmed to Screen

Filmed over the course of nearly three years, the filmmakers use unique access and never before heard testimonies to tell a story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history on December 14, 2012. Newtown documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, a cast of characters interconnect to weave an intimate story of community resilience. Newtown will screen as part of the growing SXSWedu 2017 film lineup.

Companies Announced to Host Industry Booths

The SXSWedu Industry Hub is a destination for conversations related to education business. Stakeholders can gain insights, understand market trends and network with colleagues in a casual environment. This dynamic space will feature a stage for talks, booths, networking events and furniture to facilitate meetings SXSWedu attendees will have the opportunity to visit companies in the Industry Hub who have displays within the space. We're happy to share that the following organizations will host booths in the Industry Hub:

  • iDesign
  • Learning Machine
  • Project Management Institute

Social Events Added to the Schedule

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. Newly added social events include:

CatchOn Launch Party

Celebrate the 21st Century Educator - A Cocktail Hour

Launch Party & Winner Announcement hosted by Walton Family Foundation

More than 100 Sessions Added to the Lineup

Just last month we announced 240+ sessions, submitted and selected via PanelPicker for SXSWedu 2017. We're excited to announce the addition of more than one hundred sessions to the March lineup. Browse the newly added sessions below or explore the full SXSWedu schedule now.

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Sara Goldrick-Rab photo by Chris Kendig.


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