The SXSWedu program is a combination of various elements, each designed to create a powerful and unique experience for your time at the event.

Whether you are looking for skill development or a new perspective, there’s sure to be something on the program to facilitate your desired learning outcome.

Take a look at this year’s thematic tracks and the program overview below and then visit the various program pages to learn even more!

Program Tracks

Arts Assessment
Cognitive Process Continuing Education
Data Analytics Early Learning
Educational Equality Entrepreneurialism
Gaming Implementation
Instructional Strategies Leadership
Learning Spaces SEL
Special Needs

Program Overview

Keynote & Featured Voices SXSWedu sessions and workshops photo by Danny Matson SXSWedu summits photo by Diego Donamaria
SXSWedu Policy Forum photo by Robert Santos SXSWedu Playground photo by Alexa Wagner SXSWedu film screening photo by Christian Sena
SXSWedu mentors photo by Sheila Moore SXSWedu startup events / LAUNCHedu photo by Rebecca Hedges-Lyon SXSWedu networking and socials photo by Nicole Burton

Keynotes and Featured Voices

Each day of SXSWedu is packed with noteworthy presentations from education thought-leaders, selected to inspire, enlighten and inform. These featured voices are broadly aligned to trending topics and tracks at the event.

Sessions and Workshops

Daytime sessions and workshops, which are largely contributed by the community via PanelPicker, make up the bulk of the conference program at SXSWedu. Session content is presented through a healthy variety of topical tracks and format categories.


Summits serve as an event within an event and typically last longer than a traditional session or workshop. No two summit programs are alike, each with a variety of voices, learning objectives and formats.

Policy Forum

The Policy Forum is an elevated series of programming highlighting critical topics in the policy arena impacting public and higher education.


The Playground is an energetic learning space designed to help you discover new innovations and pursuits in maker, STEM, gaming, virtual learning, accessibility, arts and more. There are a number of learning formats designed to fuel learning in this space including displays, talks and hands-on sessions.


The eduFILM program highlights newly-released documentaries and narratives about education. The film screenings, often accompanied by a post-screening Q&A, have become a platform for meaningful dialogue between the filmmakers, subjects and attendees.


The mentor program offers attendees the opportunity to meet one-on-one with educators and industry insiders.


SXSWedu celebrates the energy at the intersection of education and entrepreneurialism. The LAUNCHedu startup competition showcases what’s next and new in education.


Social and networking events offer casual and creative opportunities to meet others who share your passion for teaching and learning during SXSWedu.

Photos by Ziv Kruger, Danny Matson, Diego Donamaria, Robert Santos, Alexa Wagner, Christian Sena, Sheila Moore, Rebecca Hedges-Lyon and Nicole Burton.