SXSW EDU provides a destination for personal and professional growth with an unparalleled program featuring education thought-leaders, compelling sessions, films, and more.

Baratunde Thurston and Priya Parker – SXSW EDU 2022 – Photo by Steve Rogers

Baratunde Thurston and Priya Parker – SXSW EDU 2022 – Photo by Steve Rogers

About the Program


Featuring a diverse array of speakers and sessions, competitions, performances, and film screenings, the SXSW EDU program fosters learning and discovery for all education stakeholders.

The majority of the program is fueled by community input through various applications, including PanelPicker® which is a two-part online process that enables the community to lend their voice to the event.

Explore all confirmed programming in the SXSW EDU Schedule.

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The wide range of topics and ideas that will be explored across the SXSW EDU program are organized by 11 overarching thematic tracks that focus on timely topics in education.

Accessibility & Inclusion
Exploring initiatives and programs that focus on special education, learning differences, and disabilities across the learning lifecycle including instructional strategies, assistive technology, universal design, and more

Arts & Storytelling
Exploring arts-based pedagogies and creative practices including the performing and visual arts, arts integration, and the intersection of STEM and STEAM as well as narrative and world-building approaches for teaching and learning

Community Initiatives
Programs and projects focused on empowering and connecting communities in and out of the classroom by highlighting partnerships and work organized by community spaces and groups including libraries, museums, makerspaces, community centers, after-school and summer programs, and more

Emerging Tech
Exploring development and implementation in educational technology including virtual tools, artificial intelligence, XR, blockchain data interoperability, as well as issues surrounding equitable access to technology and future-forward solutions

Equity & Justice
Addressing work championing equity, justice, access, diversity, and inclusion in education and beyond, including social and economic disparities, culturally responsive teaching, anti-racism practice, LGBTQ+ issues, restorative justice and more to ensure equitable opportunities and outcomes for all

Global Initiatives
Programs and initiatives exploring the importance of global collaboration in education and beyond including international instructional approaches and business ventures, language acquisition and ESL/ELL instruction, program implementation across borders, global partnerships, cross-cultural initiatives, and more

Health & Wellbeing
Furthering social emotional learning and whole-child education including initiatives addressing mental and physical wellness, trauma-informed practices, and health education with a focus on mental health initiatives and comprehensive wellbeing for educators, students, and families

Policy & Civic Engagement
Addressing education policy issues across local, regional, national, and international governance including funding assessment standards, student data use and privacy, school safety, and digital policies, as well as economic development, advocacy and activism, and government partnerships

Practice & Pedagogy
Content focused on instruction and pedagogy across the entire learning lifecycle with a focus on solution-oriented strategies, innovative teaching, and institutional transformation, with topics including instructional best practices for all educational levels and evolving curricula, leadership practice, and groundbreaking insights

Startups & Investment
Content focused on the business of education with a focus on entrepreneurship and startups, with topics including investment and funding, marketing and branding strategies, corporate initiatives and partnerships, market trends and analysis, and business adaptability

Work Reimagined
Programs and new approaches to upskilling, corporate learning, and talent development, including workforce revitalization and training, and career transitions, as well as initiatives for mature learners and non-traditional students

Speakers & Sessions

Hundreds of speakers with diverse backgrounds and expertise will take the stage at SXSW EDU to share their knowledge and challenge us to think critically about the future of teaching and learning.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Pooja Agarwal – SXSW EDU 2022 – Photo by Will Blake


Adding a unique element to the program that is both educational and entertaining, Performances shine a light on performing arts as a vehicle for deeper learning ranging from theatrical groups, staged readings, music groups, spoken word, and more.

Dive In


SXSW EDU celebrates the power of film to explore critical topics and issues impacting education through narratives and documentary film screenings. Many screenings conclude with a Q&A discussion featuring the filmmakers and film subjects for a deeper connection.

Hidden Figures Film Q&A at SXSW EDU 2017 photo by Steve Rogers.


SXSW EDU hosts competitions that serve as a vehicle to elevate and honor the work of trailblazers in the space. The Launch and Student Startup competitions showcase fresh ideas and solutions, and ultimately connect the broader community to those ideas for impact.

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Student Startup Competition – SXSW EDU 2022 – Photo by Stephen Olker

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