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.
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.
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
CHAP Research (2015)
Friday Night Boards (2015)
Go Club (2017)
The Local Green (2015)
Trashbots Inc. (2017)
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