SXSWedu 2017 Expo: Call for Participation

Written by Jessica MacCall | December 6, 2016
Tags: Expo

Photo by Miguel Gonzales

The Expo will return for a fifth year at SXSWedu 2017. The unique and high-energy event features more than a hundred exhibitors, student performances, a student startup competition and opportunities for personal and professional development through session programming and coaching.

Last year this event brought together more than 6,300 students, parents and educators from Central Texas. New for 2017, the Expo is expanding to a two-day event with the first day open only to SXSWedu registrants and the second day free and open the public.

As the Expo continues to grow, so do the opportunities to get involved. As we look towards March, we'll be seeking participants to fuel the various elements of the event. Learn more and get involved today!

Participation Opportunities for Students

The expo puts students center stage with a number of opportunities for students to participate at the event.

Student Performances

SXSWedu is proud to showcase the talent of learners on the Expo's NEXT stage with a lineup of young musicians, writers, entrepreneurs and more. Student performances will take place, Tuesday, March 7. Please fill out the Expo NEXT stage performance application by Friday, December 16 to apply for consideration.

Apply to Perform »

Student Startup Competition

The SXSWedu Student Startup Competition, open to Central Texas high school students, will take place Tuesday, March 7. During the competition students will pitch their team's latest business idea to a panel of judges and live audience. The winner of the competition will take a cash prize to fuel their startup. All ideas are welcome - from creative ways to address poverty, to the development of a tool every student would want, to the launch of their own startup.

Applications for the 2017 competition will open December 5, 2016.

Participation Opportunities for Individuals and Organizations

College & Career Coach

Knowledgeable coaches will be on hand, Tuesday, March 7, for attendees to meet with, one-on-one or in small groups, to explore college and career related conversations. These meetings are an opportunity for mentorship and guidance as students, parents and attendees think about their learning goals.

We are currently looking for coaches to participate. To apply for consideration, please fill out the Expo coach application by Friday, December 16.

Apply to Coach »


The Expo features more than a hundred hands-on, interactive exhibits, organized by theme over a variety of interests including:

  • Colleges, universities, trade schools, certificate programs
  • Instructional technology and curriculum providers
  • Non-Profits and Associations
  • Test prep and tutorial services
  • After school programs, clubs and camps
  • Continuing education and professional development providers
  • Health and wellness programs and products

Interested in exhibiting? Fill out the exhibit booth form for more information.

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