SXSW EDU cultivates and empowers the community to advance teaching and learning.

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Photo by Luis Bustos.

Photo by Luis Bustos.

2018 Media - EdSurge

Every year in March the edtech world descends on Austin for SXSW EDU, a conference that’s become as much about classroom practice and implementation as entrepreneurship and tech innovation.


2019 Media – Getting Smart

Learning takes shape in so many different formats and with our commitment to experiential education and personalization, SXSW EDU was a beautiful intersection of diverse topics that provided a truly high- quality Learner Experience (LX).

Getting Smart

2019 Media – Knowledge Works

Every conversation at SXSW EDU challenged those in attendance to do more than pivot, but to leap, towards intense learner-focused and human-centered innovation.

Knowledge Works

SXSW EDU Conference & Festival


SXSW EDU (pronounced South by Southwest E-D-U) is most well known for the SXSW EDU Conference & Festival, an annual event that fosters innovation and learning within the education industry.

SXSW EDU 2018 group registration attendees. Photo by Debra Reyes.Members of the SXSW EDU community are optimistic, forward-thinking, and purpose-driven with a shared mission to positively impact the future of teaching and learning.

Traditionally, the SXSW EDU Conference & Festival takes place each March in Austin, TX as a four-day event offering compelling sessions, in-depth workshops, engaging learning experiences, mentorship, film screenings, future-focused competitions, an expo, networking opportunities, and so much more. Additionally, the organization is known to host assorted community events throughout the year both in-person and online.

Through opportunities for collaboration, creativity, and engagement, SXSW EDU empowers its global community to connect, discover, and impact.

SXSW EDU is a component of the South by Southwest® (SXSW®) family of conferences and festivals. Internationally recognized as the convergence gathering for creative professionals, SXSW EDU extends SXSW’s support for the art of engagement to include society’s true rock stars: educators!

Photo by Debra Reyes.

2021 Event Information


SXSW is launching SXSW EDU Online as part of their 2021 offerings. The digital experience will feature conference keynotes and sessions, screenings, showcases, networking, and exhibitions. The dates for SXSW EDU Online are March 9 – March 11, 2021 and SXSW Online will take place March 16 – March 20, 2021.

If you have questions please see our FAQ.

Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, we expect that the City of Austin will continue its restrictions on large gatherings through March 2021, so it will not be possible for SXSW to stage a large, in-person event within our usual footprint.

The focus now is on SXSW Online 2021, and we look forward to bringing you the many aspects of our event that make it unique while connecting with our attendees in new and meaningful ways.

Stay tuned for more information and programming announcements throughout the season. Subscribe to SXSW EDU Event Updates for the latest information.

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