Evening Events

The excitement doesn’t stop when the sun goes down! Evening events and parties, open to all badge-holders, take place each day of SXSWedu at nearby downtown venues. Kick back and relax at these sponsored events and enjoy food and drink while you network with friends, old and new!

Evening Events

Badge Grab Reception

Sunday, March 8 | 6:00pm - 10:00pm
JW Marriott, 3rd Floor

Arrive early? Beat the lines, pick up your badge and join your fellow early birds for a beverage!

LBJ Presidential Library Reception

Monday, March 9 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm
LBJ Presidential Library, Great Hall

Start off your SXSWedu at the LBJ Presidential Library for a 50 year anniversary celebration of President Lyndon Johnson's most important legislation such as the Voting Rights Act and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Drinks and appetizers will be served.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Getting to Grad Summit: Gates Foundation Welcome Reception

Monday, March 9 | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
JW Marriott, Salon D

Join us for an informal networking session with the Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success Team, in partnership with Educate Texas and SXSW, and reform-minded colleagues from across the country. Enjoy light Texas fare and drink while you hear about our upcoming summit - Getting to Graduation: Re-designing Higher Ed for Student Success - and share your goals for driving student success over the next two days.


SXSWedu Startup Showcase hosted by Macmillan New Ventures

Monday, March 9 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown, 6th Floor Pre-Function Area

The SXSWedu Startup Showcase is a networking event that spotlights emerging education startups and provides an opportunity for attendees to connect one-on-one with the entrepreneurs, demo new products and services and provide real time feedback in a casual atmosphere. Stop by the Hilton after programming on Monday to connect and network at the Startup Showcase. A number of complimentary drink coupons will be provided and a cash bar is available during the event.


SXSWedu Opening Party hosted by Civitas Learning

Monday, March 9 | 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Trinity Hall

Celebrate the kick off of the 2015 SXSWedu Conference & Festival at the Opening Party. The gala will feature drinks, small bites and local entertainment at the nearby Trinity Hall. It's a great opportunity to meet and mingle with your fellow conference-goers and just a short walk from all of the conference programming.

Compass Learning

#PropelledByFun, Block Party hosted by Compass Learning

Tuesday, March 10 | 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Compass Learning Parking Lot

Grab your friends and colleagues and head on over to the Compass Learning block party, taking place in the parking lot next to the Compass Learning home office located at 203 Colorado Street, across the street from the JW Marriott. Join us for some delicious food, drinks, live music, and more! Just look for the giant search light to guide you there!

EdTech Action

SXSWedu Tuesday Night Block Party
#SharkTankEdu @ SXSWedu, presented by EdTech Action

Tuesday, March 10 | 7:30pm
The Market

Join us for drinks and food to celebrate how New York City's iZone, Chicago's Leap Innovations, and Silicon Valley Education Foundation are building bridges between educators and edtech companies. At #SharkTankEDU, companies learn how to validate early stage products, prototypes, or ideas with educators; districts learn how to develop a pipeline of effective tech for education, better aligned to the needs of their stakeholders; and, educators learn how to impact the development of edtech tools before they reach your school communities. Together, we can leverage technology to improve K12 education. Additional support is provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Getting Smart.

Walton Family Foundation

LAUNCHedu Party & Winner Announcement
hosted by The Walton Family Foundation

Wednesday, March 11 | 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Palm Door on 6th

The LAUNCHedu party is the culmination of two days of competition between some of the most innovative startups in education. Swing by to see which startup will win, and enjoy refreshments and live entertainment.

Photos courtesy JW Walthall