Inspiration and discovery await at SXSW EDU with fun and meaningful opportunities for networking and connection.

Photo by Steven Snow

Photo by Steven Snow



Networking opportunities during the annual event come in a variety of forms, both casual and formal, to empower attendees to accomplish their networking goals.

Dive into the many exciting networking opportunities at SXSW EDU — from meeting one-on-one with a mentor to exploring the city of Austin, there are fun and meaningful ways to connect with fellow attendees.



Coffee & Snack Breaks

Swing by the Expo for morning coffee breaks and afternoon snack breaks while exploring the exhibits.


An outdoor adventure awaits. Explore Austin’s Greenbelt, from Barton Springs to Barton Skyway, on a guided 1.5 mile hike to make deeper connections with nature and each other. Come away with endorphins and new strategies to include the outdoors into your curriculum.

Meet Ups

Meet ups are topic-focused networking events that give communities at SXSW EDU the chance to connect with others who share similar passions or interests. Meet ups can take a variety of forms including group activities, facilitated networking, or focused discussions.

Mentor Sessions

Mentor sessions offer purpose-driven, one-on-one meetings between experienced professionals and attendees lasting 15 minutes each. From classroom teachers and professors, to industry insiders and CEOs, the mentors at SXSW EDU are excited to share their insights with the community.

Online Networking

Make connections with other attendees before, during, and after the event in EDU Social. Browse the registrant directory and utilize the new chat feature to interact with your community.

Pop-Up Dinners

Network with fellow registrants while enjoying a taste of Austin at pop-up dinners across downtown. Dinner reservations have already been made, just show up hungry to be seated with other attendees interested in meeting new people.

Roundtable Discussions

New for 2022, the mentor program expands with the addition of Roundtable Discussions, which will feature group discussions between mentors and a small group of attendees. Each roundtable discussion is 60 minutes, consisting of three 20-minute group discussions before mentors rotate to the next table of attendees.


Mix and mingle at a number of special events including coffee breaks, happy hours, parties, and more.

Walking Tours

Guided, hour-long walking tours around downtown provide a unique opportunity to experience Austin like a local, meet fellow attendees, and connect with the vibe and culture on a new level.


SXSW EDU 2022 Mentor Elnaz Sarraf

Elnaz Sarraf

Founder & CEO


SXSW EDU 2022 Mentor James Miles

James Miles


MENTOR Washington

SXSW EDU 2022 Mentor Ashley Solesbee

Ashley Solesbee

Manager, Education Programs

Participate Learning

SXSW EDU 2022 Mentor Joely Prourdift

Joely Proudfit


Native Media Strategies

SXSW EDU 2022 Mentor Shawn Sheehan

Shawn Sheehan

Director of Governmental Affairs

Lewisville Independent School District

SXSW EDU 2022 Mentor Dr. Jennifer Edwards

Dr. Jennifer Edwards

Professor & Executive Director

Tarleton State University - Rural Communication Institute



Join Us at SXSW EDU

Register to attend the SXSW EDU Conference & Festival taking place in Austin, TX and online March 7-10, 2022!


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