Revealing the Final SXSWedu Keynote Speakers

Written by Jessica MacCall | January 23, 2013
Tags: Keynote

SXSWedu is thrilled to reveal the remaining 2013 keynote speakers. In addition to Bill Gates, the 2013 SXSWedu Conference & Festival in Austin, Texas will feature keynote remarks from Asenath Andrews, inspirational school founder and principal from the Catherine Ferguson Academy in Detroit, Michigan. A third keynote will address Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) with Andrew Ng, co-founder of Coursera, and Anant Agarwal, president of edX. This keynote conversation will be moderated by an award-winning reporter from The New York Times, Laura Pappano.

Opening Keynote Asenath Andrews

Tuesday, March 5
The founder and principal of Catherine Ferguson Academy, an alternative public high school for teen mothers that also provides early education services for the children of the high school moms, Asenath Andrews will give the opening Keynote remarks at SXSWedu 2013.

The academy, which boasts a 90% graduation rate with the vast majority of graduating students attending 2-4 year colleges, holds both middle and high school classes. Catherine Ferguson Academy has been recognized as one of twelve Breakthrough High Schools by the National Association of Secondary Principals and is one of Asenath's many accomplishments. She was also honored as a Milken Family Foundation Educator of the Year in 1992 for her work at the academy and received an award as a Fulbright Hayes Study Tour Teacher in Zimbabwe.

Featuring:Anant Agarwal Laura PappanoAndrew Ng

A MOOC Keynote Conversation

Wednesday, March 6

Award-winning journalist, author, and blogger Laura Pappano will moderate a special MOOC keynote conversation featuring Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng and edX President Anant Agarwal.

Andrew Ng led the development of Stanford's main MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) platform while teaching an online Machine Learning class to over 100,000 students, leading to the founding of Coursera.

The online learning venture of Harvard and MIT, edX, drew 155,000 students from 162 countries in the first course on circuits and electronics from MIT.

Massive open online courses (MOOCs), are designed to offer large-scale participation via the web and have become a significant and exciting disruption in higher education.

Register to Attend

Register to attend SXSWedu, March 4-7, 2013 in Austin, Texas before Friday, February 8 to save almost 15% off the walkup rate and choose from the best available hotel.

Learn more about the 2013 SXSWedu keynote speakers and visit the online schedule to 'star' them as not-to-be-missed events in your personalized schedule.