Competition History


SXSW EDU has a rich history of celebrating pioneers in the field of education. Competitions that take place during the Conference & Festival support startup founders, designers, educators and students, all of whom are bringing forth new ideas to advance teaching and learning.

Learn more about past SXSW EDU competitions and participants.

Visit the competition page to learn how to get involved in these events at SXSW EDU 2018.

Launch Competition History


Since it’s debut at SXSW EDU 2012, the Launch competition has attracted significant energy and support as a catalyst for discovering what’s next and new in learning. With tremendous energy at the intersection of education, technology and entrepreneurialism, startups on the bleeding edge of innovation are exploring everything from learning strategies to edtech solutions for districts and universities.

Past Launch Winners

Bloom Board (2012)
ELSA (2016)
Learning Jar (2012)
Clever (2013)
RobotsLAB (2014)
Speaking Pal (2013)
The Whether powered by Better Weekdays (2017)
Zaption (2015)

Past Launch Finalists

Actively Learn (2013)
Adjunct Professor Link (2017)
Alchemie (2016)
ALEX, Anyone’s Learning Experience (2017) (2016)
Admittedly (2014)
ASD Reading (2017)
Binder (2015)
Books That Grow (2014)
Cell-Ed(2017) (2015)
Chromatik (2012)
Classroom, Inc. (2013)
ClassroomIQ (2014)
CodeMonkey (2015)
CollegeSnapps (2013)
CollegeSolved (2012)
Common Curriculum (2013)
DigitWhiz (2013)
Doceri (2012)
Duckie Deck (2013)
eduvee (2014)
Einztein (2012)
Expii, Inc. (2016)
Flinja (2013)
Fluencia (2014)
GYLO (GetYa Learn On) (2012)
Ideas Box (2015)
instaGrok (2013)
Kahoot! (2013)
KinderTown (2012)
Language Zen (2015)
Lea(R)n (2015)
LearnBoost (2012)
LearnSprout (2013)
Listen Current (2016)
LRNGO (2013)
MapStory (2013)
Paragon One (2016)
Parachute Teachers (2016)
Pear Deck (2015)
Matchbox, Inc. (2013)
Matygo (Learndot) (2012)
MediaCore (2013)
More Than Money Careers (2013)
NBA Math Hoops (2014)
Proctorio Remote Proctor (2014)
Qlovi (2014)
Quizling – the Knowledge Game!(2017)
Reading Kingdom (2012)
RobotsLab (2014)
Smart Coos (2016)
School Yourself (2013)
scrible (2013)
Shinebright (2015)
Slate Science (2013)
Sown to Grow(2017) (2015)
Success Highways (2012)
Teaching Channel (2013)
Teachers Connect(2017)
The Graide Network(2017)
ThinkCERCA (2013)
The Whether powered by Better Weekdays(2017)
Territorium (2016)
UnlockYourBrain (2014)
USEED (2013)
Words Liive (2016)
Zaption (2015)
zondle (2013)

Past Launch Emcees

Past Launch Judges

Aaron Walker, Camelback Ventures (2017)
Bill McKinney, TCG School Services (2012)
Bob Metcalf, The University of Texas at Austin (2015)
Brian Dixon, Kapor Capital (2016)
Carolina Huaranca, Kapor Capital (2017)
Chris Liang-Vergara, FirstLine Schools (2014)
Corinne Weisgerber, St. Edward’s University (2017)
Dan Carroll, Clever (2015)
Darryl Adams, Adams Consulting and Edutainment Services (2017)
Deborah Quazzo, GSV Advisors (2012)
Eileen Murphy Buckley, ThinkCERCA (2017)
Felice Nudelman, Antioch University (2016)
Jack Chorowsky, KIPP New York (2012)
Jack Lynch, Renaissance Learning (2015)
Jeff Livingston, McGraw-Hill Education (2015)
Jennie Magiera, Academy for Urban School Leadership (2015)
Jess Gartner, Allovue (2017)
Joan E. Hughes, The University of Texas at Austin (2016)
José Luis Vilson, New York Public Schools (2016)
Juan Cabrera, El Paso (2016)
Mark Rogers, Meridian World School (2017)
Mark Williams, Austin Community College (2017)
Robert Hutter, Learn Capital (2012)
Sam Chaudhary, ClassDojo (2016)
Sehreen NoorAli, Noodle Education (2016)
Stacey Childress, NewSchools Venture Fund (2015)
Stephen Laster, McGraw Hill Education (2016)
Susan Badger, Business Development Consultant (2012)
WIlliam Clark, Optical Data Corporation (2012)

Learn by Design Competition History


One of the newest components of SXSW EDU, the Learn by Design competition is a novel approach to understanding the design of learning environments with the potential to impact learning outcomes. The competition showcases projects in various categories, each addressing the creation and implementation of physical learning spaces.

Past Learn by Design Winners

BCPS Mobile Innovation Lab (2017)
Citti Academy: Developing Collective Intelligence (2017)
University of Utah, Lassonde Studios (2017)

Past Learn by Design Finalists

49ers Denise DeBartolo York Education Center (2017)
BCPS Mobile Innovation Lab (2017)
Citti Academy: Developing Collective Intelligence (2017)
City Neighbors High School: KNOWN. LOVED. INSPIRED. (2017)
Condit Elementary (2017)
Dwight-Englewood School Hajjar STEM Center (2017)
Hazel Wolf K-8 (2017)
L+ (2017)
NZE K-12 Prototype (2017)
Schools of the future: AR, Gaming & Sustainability (2017)
Team Based Learning at the Dell Medical School (2017)
The BIG Lab – Build Imagine Grow (2017)
Tec21: Inventing the 21st Century Campus (2017)
University of Utah, Lassonde Studios (2017)
Watt Family Innovation Center – Clemson University (2017)

Past Learn by Design Emcees

Carlos Moreno, Big Picture Learning (2017)
Naseem Haamid, Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School (2017)

Past Learn by Design Judges

Alex O’Brient, Ennead Architects (2017)
Amy Jones, O’Connell Robertson (2017)
Adrienne Garcia (2017)
Taryn Kinney, DLR Group (2017)

Student Startup Competition History


The Student Startup competition supports Central Texas high school students through an elevator pitch competition featuring their startup business idea.

Past Student Startup Finalists

Beaut.e (2016)
Bru (2016)
CHAP Research (2015)
ConnectMe (2016)
FlexVE (2017)
Friday Night Boards (2015)
Go Club (2017)
Recharge (2017)
Refocus (2016)
The Local Green (2015)
Trashbots Inc. (2017)
Wuhu (2016)
YoursMineAndHours! (2015)

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