Community participation drives SXSW EDU forward. In everything we do we aim to elevate the voice and leadership of those working to improve the learning landscape. In doing so, you, our community, help make SXSW EDU a harbor for cross-collaboration, idea-sharing, and inspiration.

We will continue to update this page with ways to participate at SXSW EDU including applications to speak, compete, exhibit, and lead networking events.

Photo by Kit McNeil.

Photo by Kit McNeil.

2021 Event Information


SXSW is launching SXSW EDU Online as part of their 2021 offerings. The digital experience will feature conference keynotes and sessions, screenings, showcases, networking, and exhibitions. The dates for SXSW EDU Online are March 9 – March 11, 2021 and SXSW Online will take place March 16 – March 20, 2021.

If you have questions about SXSW EDU Online 2021, please see our FAQ.

Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, we expect that the City of Austin will continue its restrictions on large gatherings through March 2021, so it will not be possible for SXSW to stage a large, in-person event within our usual footprint.

The focus now is on SXSW Online 2021, and we look forward to bringing you the many aspects of our event that make it unique while connecting with our attendees in new and meaningful ways.

Stay tuned for more information and programming announcements throughout the season. Subscribe to SXSW EDU Event Updates for the latest information.

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Pitch Your Early-Stage Startup

The Launch startup competition is an opportunity for early-stage companies seeking market exposure, investment, and strategic partnerships to showcase their innovative products. Selected companies will pitch in front of a jury of industry experts and educators, as well an audience at SXSW EDU 2021 Online.

Important Dates

Tuesday, October 20 – Application Opens
Friday, January 8 – Application Closes

Launch startup pitch competition.

Help Shape Conference Programming


PanelPicker® is a digital, crowd-sourced platform that invites the community to propose and vote on session ideas for SXSW EDU 2021. The proposal process for the SXSW EDU Online, in March 2021, will begin this October.

What Drives K-12 Innovation session at SXSW EDU 2019. Photo by Debra Reyes.

Important Dates

Tuesday, October 6 – PanelPicker opens for entries
Friday, October 16 Extended through Sunday, October 18 – PanelPicker entry window closes
Tuesday, November 10 – PanelPicker public voting begins
Friday, November 20 – PanelPicker public voting ends

To enter your session for consideration, simply fill out and enter an online proposal during the submission window. Then PanelPicker will re-open for public voting, allowing the public to review, vote on, and provide feedback for all ideas entered.

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Photo by Debra Reyes.

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Subscribe to Newsletters

Subscribe to the SXSW EDU Conference & Festival Update and the SXSW EDU Insider newsletters to stay up to date on important announcements and opportunities.


Register for SXSW EDU Online 2021

Join us at SXSW EDU Online, a digital experience March 9-11, 2021, with passes available at $159.



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