The SXSW EDU Conference & Festival is fueled by the community: from speaking opportunities and competitions; to performances, exhibitions, and everything in between there are many ways to participate.

Learn more about current opportunities for you and your organization to get involved at the 2020 event or contact the SXSW EDU team directly by emailing

The applications for SXSW EDU 2020 open July 1, 2019.



Starting July 1 through July 21, 2019 you can enter your session idea in PanelPicker. Learn more about the process of becoming a speaker and begin thinking about ways to participate at SXSW EDU 2020!

PanelPicker® is a digital, crowd-sourced platform that enables the community to propose session ideas for the SXSW EDU program.

STEP 1 encourages the community to enter proposals for daytime conference programming for SXSW EDU programming.

STEP 2 allows the community to browse all of these ideas, leave comments, and vote for what they think are the best fit.

Sign up for the SXSW EDU email update for the latest information on the PanelPicker process.

Submit Your Film

SXSW EDU celebrates the power of film to explore critical topics and issues impacting education with screenings and Q&A discussions. Film selections are community driven, just like SXSW EDU session content. Applications open July 1, 2019.

Photo by Steve Rogers.

Photo by Steve Rogers.



Explore ways to participate in the SXSW EDU Expo. The Expo captures the energy and imagination of the future of learning in one dynamic space featuring curated programming and a diverse range of exhibitors.


Organizations can apply for a display to demo their activities through the Playground application. The Playground is an interactive space that showcases new strategies to activate students’ learning and features a collaborative stage with Hands On and Talk programming.


Learn more about becoming an interactive exhibitor in the SXSW EDU Expo to showcase what’s next and new in education.

SXSW EDU 2019 Expo Playground photo by Akash Kataria.

Akash Kataria.

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