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 Playground provides a destination for attendees to explore, discover, participate and learn with like-minded individuals.

Playground Elements

PlaygroundThe wall-to-wall creative energy of the SXSWedu Playground comes from the various elements that take place in the space including displays, talks and hands-on presentations.


    Spend time participating with various organizations selected to display in the Playground as they share effective learning approaches.

    Hands On

    Join a Playground Hands On and learn first-hand as the presenters facilitate an instructional exercise supporting direct participation.


    Catch a Playground Talk to hear industry leaders deliver a short stage presentation followed by a dynamic audience Q&A.

Playground Timeline

Monday, June 29 PanelPicker Entry Process Opens (Talk or Hands On)
Monday, June 29 Display Application Opens
Friday, July 24 PanelPicker Entry Process Closes (Talk or Hands On)
Friday, October 23 Display Application Closes
December Accepted Displays Notified
January Accepted Displays Announced


Playground Info ThumbnailThose that are interested in presenting a 30-minute Playground Talk or Hands On are invited to submit a PanelPicker proposal by July 24.

Organizations that are interested in showcasing their creative approaches to learning for the duration of the Playground are encouraged to fill out the Playground Display proposal by October 23.

For questions or more information about the Playground, check out the Playground FAQ.

Photos by Owen Rogers and Danny Matson