SXSWedu is largely fueled by community input. As such, there are a number of ways to get involved and contribute your unique perspective and insights. Throughout the year these opportunities will change in conjunction with the various deadlines. Check out the current opportunities to participate at SXSWedu 2016, listed below.

#TESInnovates Badge Giveaway

SXSWedu and TES are excited to announce the 2nd annual #TESInnovates giveaway for teachers! One hundred educators will be chosen to win a free badge (worth $495) to SXSWedu 2016 in Austin, Texas. Using social media, show us how you innovate the classroom experience using #TESInnovates. This will automatically enter you into the giveaway.

SXSWedu Texas Meet Up Tour

Meet with the SXSWedu team as we travel across Texas! Bring your friends, learn more about SXSWedu and get a sneak peek at the 2016 event.

SXSWedu is headed to these cities in the near future:

SXSWedu Expo

The SXSWedu Expo is a free event designed to encourage and inspire learners of all ages to identify and reach their education and career goals. This year's Expo will take place on Tuesday, March 8 from 9:00am - 5:00pm at the Austin Convention Center.

Within the Expo, there are a number of ways to get involved and engage with the community.

NEXT Stage

The NEXT Stage showcases the talents of young musicians, writers and entrepreneurs to represent some of the brightest students in the Texas education community. Please submit an application if you or someone you know is interested in performing on the NEXT Stage.


The Expo will feature a lineup of seasoned professionals during the event that will provide feedback and advice to students and families on their education and career goals. Mentor applications are now open! Apply now to be considered.

SXSWedu Startup Showcase

The Startup Showcase is a networking event that spotlights education startups at SXSWedu, on Tuesday, March 8. The cocktail style reception provides participating startups the opportunity to connect one-on-one with attendees, demo their products and receive valuable, real-time feedback in a fun and casual atmosphere.

Spots in the showcase are limited. Contact the SXSWedu team for more information.

SXSWedu Marketing & Sponsorship

SXSWedu welcome partnerships with organizations and associations that wish to engage with SXSWedu’s growing community of energetic and influential professionals. Explore various options available for all budget sizes including socials, advertising and speaking engagements.

Photos by Rebecca Hedges Lyon, Ziv Kruger and Danny Matson.