Facilitated interactions make it easier for attendees to establish professional connections and achieve their goals.

Photo by Lisa Hause.

Photo by Lisa Hause.

About One-on-One Networking


SXSW EDU fosters one-on-one networking throughout the event to help connect individuals with shared interests.

From the mentor program and the mobile app to intention setting and networking prompts, there is a lot of support for meaningful connections at SXSW EDU.

The official mobile app, available for iOS and Android in January 2020, is the tool for getting the most out of attending SXSW EDU. The app will feature the attendee directory, attendee match, and more.


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

During a mentor session, attendees sign up for a 12-minute, one-on-one meeting with a mentor of their choice. In February, the SXSW EDU mentor RSVP platform will open, allowing registrants to schedule mentor meetings.

SXSW EDU 2019 mentor meeting with Kari Potter.

Photo by Manuel Gonzales Jr.

How to Apply to Mentor


If you are a specialist in your field and would like to share your skills, knowledge, and expertise with attendees, you are encouraged to apply to mentor during SXSW EDU, March 9-12, 2020.

Monday, July 1 – Application Opens
Friday, 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.

Complete an Application

Infographic for application steps.

  • Preview the online application and begin preparing by thinking about a few concrete and specific areas where you’d like to lend your expertise to the SXSW EDU community.
  • Fill out the short online application. Please note that your contact information will not be shared publicly.
  • Take some time to review your application, no changes can be made once it has been submitted.
  • Submit and stay tuned for word back regarding the status of your application.

Apply to Mentor


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SXSW EDU 2019 Mobile app

SXSW EDU 2019 Mobile app

Attendee Match

Get personalized recommendations for attendees to connect within the mobile app. Simply add tags to your profile to focus your recommendations.

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SXSW EDU attendees networking in the ACC.

SXSW EDU attendees networking in the ACC.

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