SXSWedu 2016 Playground photo by Steve Rogers

The Playground provides a destination for attendees to explore, discover, participate and learn with like-minded individuals. 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 wall-to-wall creative energy within the SXSWedu Playground comes from the various elements that take place in the space including displays, talks and hands-on presentations.

SXSWedu Display Photo by Steven Snow


Catch a 30-minute Playground Talk to hear industry insiders deliver a short stage presentation highlighting discovery-based learning activities followed by a dynamic audience Q&A.

Hands On

Join a Playground Hands On to collaborate and learn with others. Presenters will facilitate a 30-minute instructional and interactive exercise or activity.

Interested Playground Talk or Hands On applicants are invited to submit a PanelPicker proposal by Friday, July 22.


Playground Displays allow organizations to share their educational approaches and innovations with the SXSWedu community. Displays are up and running throughout the duration of the Playground and offer attendees the opportunity to engage in participatory activities in a casual, conversational setting.

Organizations interested in participating for the duration of the Playground while showcasing their creative approaches to learning, are encouraged to fill out the Playground Display application.


Tuesday, June 28 PanelPicker Entry Process Opens (Talk or Hands On)
Tuesday, June 28 Display Application Opens
Friday, July 22 PanelPicker Entry Process Closes (Talk or Hands On)
EXTENDED to Sunday, September 25 Display Application Closes

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

SXSWedu 2016 Playground photos by Steve Rogers and Seven Snow.