SXSWedu is fueled by the passion and energy of its forward-thinking community. The input and participation of teachers, administrators, university professors, business and policy leaders, has created a vibrant forum to connect and collaborate on the future of learning.

PanelPicker empowers the community to have a significant voice in the programming that takes place at SXSWedu. This interactive online platform allows the public to submit, review, comment and vote on sessions they think should be showcased at the March event.

Community participation helps shape a number of additional programming elements at the SXSWedu Conference & Festival as well. See below for upcoming application deadlines and opportunities to contribute your knowledge and insight.


The LAUNCHedu competition is an amazing opportunity to discover up-and-coming education startups at SXSWedu. The deadline for eligible early-stage startups to apply to participate in LAUNCHedu is Friday, November 8.

SXSWedu Playground

The SXSWedu Playground is an exciting expansion of the last year's Makerspace. The newly developed Playground will be an interactive play-space designed to celebrate and explore hands-on maker, STEM education, gaming, arts and more. Educators and organizations that wish to participate in the SXSWedu Playground are invited to fill out a Playground proposal by Friday, December 6.


SXSWedu celebrates and explores a cinematic look at education with eduFILM. Films interested in screening at eduFLM should complete an online submission form by Friday, December 6.

Photo by JW Walthall

Education Expo

The SXSWedu Education Expo is a free and open to the public event celebrating the Central Texas community's hunger and passion for lifelong learning, from cradle to career and beyond. There are a number of ways to participate in the Ed Expo, including exhibition, speaking and sponsorship opportunities.

Photos by (t-b) JW Walthall, Debbie Finley and JW Walthall