The Learn by Design competition celebrates the collaboration of designers and educators in the pursuit of design-based solutions to challenges within education. The competition showcases projects focused on the design of physical space and the potential it has to improve learning outcomes.
Featured projects include, but are not limited to, learning spaces in support of early learning, K-12, higher education, and informal learning (museums, libraries, community spaces, etc.).
Entry Process Overview
The SXSW EDU Learn by Design competition is open to projects and design solutions that enhance physical learning environments for students at every age. Qualified projects will be considered in the following areas including, but not limited to learning spaces in support of early learning, K-12, higher education, and informal learning (museums, libraries, community spaces, etc.). Please note that both designers and educators are encouraged to apply.
The evaluation of each application, conducted by the SXSW EDU Learn by Design Advisory Board committee as well as the SXSW EDU staff, is based on the following criteria:
- Innovative: How original is this project or idea?
- Accessible: Is this a design that could be used by a diverse group of learners?
- Effective: How impactful and efficient is this design in an educational space?
- Practical: Is this design feasible within a learning space? Would it detract or improve current pedagogical environments?
- Impact: What is the potential of this project to improve learning outcomes?
STEP 1 Research
STEP 2 Online Application
Begin your application by clicking Start Application below. Please note there is a $45 application fee associated with the SXSW EDU Learn by Design application. Once you begin your application you can save your work and come back at a later time to finish and submit by the deadline.
To submit your application you must create a free universal SXSW account. You may do this at the beginning of your application or it will prompt you once you are saving your information or submitting your application.
STEP 3 Review
Review your application and save any pertinent information one last time before you hit submit! After submitting your application you will not be able to edit or review the information.
STEP 4 Submit
Once you have completed the application and agreed to all of the terms and conditions, you are ready to submit!
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