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The program at SXSWedu is a combination of elements that allow attendees to personalize their learning experience at the event. From engaging sessions and interactive workshops, to film screenings and socials, attendees are encouraged to explore and discover innovative ideas. Whether you are looking for skill development or a new perspective, the SXSWedu program will surely facilitate your learning outcome.

Review the various components of the program below.


Each day of the conference concludes with a thought-provoking keynote presentation from education visionaries. Gather together with the rest of SXSWedu to hear from these well-regarded leaders.

Featured Sessions

Broadly aligned to trending topics and themes, featured sessions spotlight high-profile speakers and offer engaging insights and perspectives. With one session highlighted in every time slot, Featured Sessions continue throughout each day of programming at SXSWedu.

Closing Program

The 2015 SXSWedu Conference & Festival will conclude with a special closing program the afternoon of Thursday, March 12. This exciting session will consist of a single-stage program featuring a variety of presenters who impact and inspire the field of learning.

Sessions & Workshops

Daytime sessions and workshops, which are largely contributed by community submissions via PanelPicker, make up the majority of the conference program at SXSWedu. Session content is delivered through a wide variety of topic themes and presentation categories. Explore the list of themes and categories below to help you select which sessions to attend throughout SXSWedu.


A brand new facet of programming coming to SXSWedu, summits serve as an event within an event. Typically lasting longer than a traditional session or workshop, summit attendees can expect an intimate and collaborative environment with a variety of voices, goals and formats.

Policy Forum

This series of press-moderated discussions convenes prominent legislative voices to address a variety of high-impact policy topics in the pursuit of improved teaching and learning. Engage with policy makers and civic leaders within policy forum sessions to help shape the future of education.


The SXSWedu Playground returns for its second year and hosts a casual learning space designed to fuel innovation through discovery by highlighting pursuits in maker, STEM, gaming, virtual learning, arts integration and more.


LAUNCHedu showcases some of the most innovative education startups in a fast-paced competition that unfolds before a panel of industry experts, early adopters and educators, as well as attendees at SXSWedu.


SXSWedu highlights and explores education's most pressing issues with cinematic component, eduFILM. Hosted at a downtown Austin theater, this program sheds light on narratives and documentaries addressing poignant topics in education and serves as a platform to evoke meaningful dialogue between the filmmakers, subjects and attendees.

Socials & Lounges

Connect with diverse SXSWedu attendees and exchange your favorite ideas at the various social engagements and lounges hosted throughout the event.

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