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

Photo by Akash Kataria.

Photo by Akash Kataria.

About the Program


SXSW EDU features a diverse array of speakers, sessions, workshops, learning experiences, policy discussions and film screenings programmed to foster learning and discovery for all education stakeholders.

The wide range of topics and ideas at SXSW EDU are organized by thematic tracks, designed to help illuminate overarching focus areas and enable attendees to easily navigate the event. Find your community or build a new one as you work through the program.

Session Formats


Book Signing
An opportunity for attendees to meet and greet with their favorite authors at the SXSW EDU bookstore and purchase signed copies of a selection of works.

Campfire (1-2 speakers / 60 minutes)
A speaker-led, open conversation that focuses on driving a dialogue with attendees around a particular topic rather than offering a structured presentation.

Case Study (1-3 speakers / 60 minutes)
A focused presentation highlighting research findings from relevant initiatives and projects, followed by audience Q&A.

Featured (1-4 speakers / 60 minutes)
A groundbreaking presentation focusing on leading trends and topics across the education space and beyond that highlights each hour of conference programming during the event.

Film Q&As (1-4 speakers / 15-30 minutes)
A post-film screening Q&A discussion with directors, producers, and cast members exploring narratives and themes aligned to the film.

Future20 (1 speaker / 20 minutes)
A short solo presentation highlighting new and emerging ideas, followed by optional audience Q&A.

Hands On (1-2 speakers / 30 minutes)
A short, informal, activity-based session that facilitates interactive and creative learning techniques.

Keynote (1+ speakers / 60 minutes)
A plenary session highlighting thought leadership that kicks off each day of SXSW EDU programming.

Meet Up (1-2 speakers / 60 minutes)
A networking event that encourages communities to connect around similar topics, passions, or interests.

Panel (2-4 speakers / 60 minutes)
A diverse and dynamic exploration of a particular topic, followed by audience Q&A.

Performance (1-3 speakers / 90 minutes)
A dynamic performance combined with a workshop-style experience offering a deeper understanding of the concepts fueling the performance, and activities that can be adopted for the classroom.

Podcast (2-4 speakers / 60 minutes)
A podcast conversation on topics across the education landscape, hosted by media organizations and recorded in an intimate setting amongst a live audience at the event.

Policy Forum (1-4 speakers / 60 minutes)
A diverse and impactful discussion around critical policy issues in education featuring civic leaders, policymakers, and community voices.

Special Program
A unique engagement highlighting creative and dynamic work across the education space.

Show & Tell (1-2 speakers / 30 minutes)
A unique presentation for organizations to showcase their new ideas, products, and services. Email for more information.

Talk (2-3 speakers / 30 minutes)
A focused, high-energy presentation centered on breakthroughs and insights, followed by audience Q&A.

Workshop (1-3 speakers / 90 minutes)
An in-depth, instructional program with hands-on learning activities and specific takeaways.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits

SXSW EDU has partnered with The Association of Texas Professional Educators for the fourth year to provide conference attendees with continuing professional education (CPE) credits. The ATPE team will review the SXSW EDU program and the list of sessions that meet CPE criteria will be made available closer to March. Last year almost two hundred sessions were accredited and you do not have to be an ATPE member to claim the CPE credits.

EDU 2019 Workshop session.

Photo by Debra Reyes.


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