Brené Brown, Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, Roberto Rivera and So Much More Announced!

Written by Jessica MacCall | February 8, 2017

Brené Brown photo by Danny ClarkBrené Brown

Sarah Elizabeth Lewis photo by Kwesi AbbensettsSarah Elizabeth Lewis

Roberto RiveraRoberto Rivera

SXSWedu is less than a month away and we couldn't be more excited for everything that this year's Conference & Festival has in store. Today, we are pleased to share a number of exciting programming announcements including Closing Program speakers Brené Brown, Sarah Elizabeth Lewis and Roberto Rivera, the 15 finalists and emcee of the Learn by Design competition, judges and emcees of the Launch startup competition, and more!

Additionally, we are excited to share that the official 2017 mobile app, presented by McGraw-Hill Education, is now available! Download it in the App Store or Google Play and start building your schedule for March 6-9, today.

Gain access to all of today's programming news and more during the 2017 SXSWedu Conference & Festival, March 6-9 in Austin, TX. Register to attend before the final discount deadline of the year, this Friday, February 10 to save $50 off the walk-up rate.

Brené Brown, Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, Roberto Rivera Announced for the Closing Program

We are thrilled to introduce Brené Brown, Sarah Elizabeth Lewis and Roberto Rivera for the SXSWedu Closing Program on Thursday, March 9. Focusing on professional and personal development and the evolution of working roles within education, these speakers will inspire and prepare us all for the future.

Carlos Moreno and Naseem Haamid

Learn by Design Competition Finalists Revealed

Learn by Design, new for 2017, focuses on the design of learning spaces and how it impacts learning outcomes. Fifteen finalists have been selected to present their projects to a judging panel of industry experts, as well as a live audience at SXSWedu. The first annual competition will be emceed by Carlos Moreno and high school student, Naseem Haamid.

Each of the fifteen finalists will participate in one of the three competition categories.

    Conceptual - Projects that do not yet exist in a physical form.
    • Citti Academy: Developing Collective Intelligence
    • L+
    • NZE K-12 Prototype
    • Schools of the future: AR, Gaming & Sustainability
    • Tec21: Inventing the 21st Century Campus
    Experiential - Projects that enhance or create an interactive learning environment.
    • 49ers Denise DeBartolo York Education Center
    • BCPS Mobile Innovation Lab
    • Condit Elementary
    • The BIG Lab - Build Imagine Grow
    • Watt Family Innovation Center - Clemson University
    Physical - Projects that have moved past the conceptual phase and now exist.
    • City Neighbors High School: KNOWN. LOVED. INSPIRED.
    • Dwight-Englewood School Hajjar STEM Center
    • Hazel Wolf K-8
    • Team Based Learning at the Dell Medical School
    • University of Utah, Lassonde Studios

Rafranz Davis and Richard Culatta

Launch Startup Competition Emcees, Judges and Coaches Confirmed

The annual Launch competition celebrates what's next and new in learning. For the competition SXSWedu relies on the expertise of a handpicked group of judges, coaches and an emcee. Lufkin ISD Executive Director of Professional & Digital Learning, Rafranz Davis and State of Rhode Island Chief Innovation Officer, Richard Culatta will co-emcee this year's competition.

Judges and coaches for the event contribute their expertise in the perspectives of educators, school leaders, successful entrepreneurs and investors. Check out the roster of judges and coaches.

Several New Films Announced to Screen

This year's film program could not be more exciting with poignant narratives and documentaries exploring pivotal initiatives, events and people in the learning landscape. Learn more about the screenings and post-screening Q&A's scheduled for March by browsing the schedule. Newly announced films include:

Policy Forum Lineup Continues to Grow

The SXSWedu Policy Forum elevates and highlights policy-focused discussions that impact public and higher education. We've just added new sessions to the lineup.

Mentor RSVP

Mentor Sign Ups Now Open

The mentor program at SXSWedu facilitates one-on-one meetings between experienced professionals and curious attendees. From classroom teachers and professors to industry insiders and CEOs, the mentors at SXSWedu are ready to share their insights with the community.

You can now sign up to meet with the mentor of your choice during SXSWedu. To sign up, simply login to the schedule, locate the mentor you are interested in meeting with and RSVP. If you have not linked your registration badge to your SXSW Account in eduSocial, you will need to do that first.

Hosted Programming for SXSWedu

For SXSWedu 2017, we are thrilled to work with a number of organizations working to improve outcomes for all learners.

Additional Featured Sessions Added

Remaking Learning in Mr. Rogers' New Neighborhood

Gregg BehrGregg Behr
The Grable Foundation

Illah NourbakhshIllah Nourbakhsh
Carnegie Mellon University

Jane WernerJane Werner
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Zinab AdisaZinab Adisa
Pittsburgh CAPA

The Arts Matter: A Talk with Juilliard’s President

Joseph W PolisiJoseph W Polisi
The Juilliard School

Michael ShinnMichael Shinn
The Juilliard School

Morning Mixers, Happy Hours and Special Events Added to the Schedule

Post-session inspiration collides with new connections during social events. To foster these conversations, a variety of mixers, happy hours and special networking events have been scheduled. Here's a look at what's been recently added, and be sure to browse the schedule for a complete listing of events.

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