The mentor program at SXSW EDU facilitates purpose-driven, one-on-one connections between experienced professionals and solution-seeking attendees.

Photo by Benedict Jones.

Photo by Benedict Jones.

About Mentors


From classroom teachers and professors to industry insiders and CEOs, the mentors at SXSW EDU are ready to share their insights with the community.

Attendees are given the opportunity to sign up for a 12-minute, one-on-one meeting with a mentor, who serves as a resource for interested registrants over the course of their session. In February, the SXSW EDU mentor RSVP platform will open for registrants to schedule meetings with mentors.

How to Apply


The mentor program is curated by the SXSW EDU team to provide opportunities for attendees to learn from professionals across a wide range of fields and insights. If you’re interested in lending your expertise and connecting with passionate lifelong learners by serving as a mentor, simply fill out the online application.

Important Dates

Monday, June 25:
Application Opens
Thursday, September 20:
Application Closes

Time Commitment

Mentors are expected to donate roughly 2 hours of their time at SXSW EDU during one day of the event.

Application Instructions

edu-2019-research-graphicSTEP 1 Research

Think about a few concrete and specific areas where you’d like to lend your expertise to the SXSW EDU community and your goals in serving as a mentor.

edu-2019-laptop-graphicSTEP 2 Online Application

Fill out the short online application. Be specific in your background as this will help attendees get to know your experience. Please note, your contact information will not be shared publicly.

edu-2019-checklist-graphicSTEP 3 Review

Make sure to take a moment to review your application and check for spelling and grammar. Your application will not be editable after it is submitted.

STEP 4 Submit

That’s it! You can expect to hear back regarding the status of your mentor application by the end of October!

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