The RSVP Feature is Now Live for Mentors and Pop-Up Dinners

SXSW EDU 2019 pop up dinner photo by Steven Snow

SXSW EDU offers unique networking opportunities, programmed with the goal of encouraging meaningful connections during the event. When it comes to one-on-one mentoring and small-group pop-up dinners, an advance RSVP is required to provide the best experience for attendees as capacity is limited.

The RSVP feature is now live for mentors and pop-up dinners, so be sure to make your reservation by signing in to the schedule.

SXSW EDU RSVP in schedule


RSVP is available to SXSW EDU registrants and is a feature in the SXSW EDU schedule and mobile app.

STEP 1: Activate your SXSW EDU account.

STEP 2: Sign in and link your badge.

STEP 3: RSVP for available events by choosing your preferred time slot. You should receive an email confirmation shortly after confirming your spot.


Need to cancel? Release your spot at any time by selecting "Cancel your reservation."

After you RSVP to attend an event, add it to your personalized schedule by clicking the star icon next to its schedule listing. This adds it to "My Favorites."

Please ensure that you only RSVP if you are absolutely planning to attend. Keep in mind that events are limited in capacity and out of respect for fellow attendees please cancel your reservation in the case that a scheduling conflict arises.


When available reservations have been booked, attendees can "Join the waitlist."

There are a limited number of waitlist spots, so chances of getting moved off the waitlist are fairly high. You will receive an email confirmation for an event in the instance that you are moved off of the waitlist. Simply cancel your reservation if you are unable to attend.

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Pop-Up Dinners are a great opportunity to meet SXSW EDU attendees while enjoying a nice meal in downtown Austin.

SXSW EDU has reserved the table in advance, all that's left to do is RSVP to dinner at one of the restaurants below. Check out menus, pricing, location, and additional information in the schedule listings. Upon arrival, grab a seat with other attendees who share your interest of meeting new people over great food. Attendees are responsible for their own dinner expenses.

Pop-Up Dinner at Osteria Pronto (Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday)
Pop-Up Dinner at Cannon & Belle (Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday)

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Mentors with wide-ranging areas of expertise have graciously offered their time to SXSW EDU attendees seeking solutions and guidance.

View the mentor lineup below and RSVP for a 12-minute session with a mentor whose experience aligns with the topic you are seeking advice on.

Alexander Kopelman (Informal Learning)
Alexandra Ellison (Higher Education)
Andrew Frishman (K-12 Education)
Andrew Julian (Emerging Tech & Development)
Ashley Bass (Adult Learning)
Autumn Ottenad (Leadership)
Barbara Bray (Global Education)
Brian Jernigan (Higher Ed)
Bruce Umpstead (Policy & Civic Engagement)
Carolina Carner (K-12 Education)
Carolyn Foote (Informal Learning)
Catherine Butler (Science of Learning)
Catherine Spear (Equity)
Christopher Stanfill (Global Education)
Cody Sigmon (Policy & Civic Engagement)
Dave Poirier (Accessibility & Inclusion)
Dawn Kurtz (Early Learning)
Emily Alt (K-12 Education)
Emily Santiago (SEL & Wellness)
Frederick V Engram Jr (Higher Education)
Graham Forman (Business & Investment)
Heather Haynes Smith (Accessibility & Inclusion)
Heather Stinnett (Student Agency)
Hudson Baird (Adult Learning)
Jacqueline Gardy (Global Education)
James Butler (SEL & Wellness)
James Miles (Arts)
Jeffrey Abramowitz (Adult Learning)
Jen Tutak (Higher Education)
Jeremy Roberts (Business & Investment)
Jessica Falkenthal (Business & Investment)
John Troy (K-12 Education)
John Vitti (Student Agency)
Joseph DiLucente (Global Education)
Joseph Seivold (Leadership)
Josie McSpadden (Policy & Civic Engagement)
Jules Khong (Emerging Tech & Development)
Julie Willcott (Emerging Tech & Development)
Kanesha Baynard (Leadership)
Kate Fitzgerald (Informal Learning)
Katherine Scott (Student Agency)
Kristina Hallett (Science of Learning)
Lacey Wilson (Accessibility & Inclusion)
Lindsay Portnoy (Science of Learning)
Lori Baas (Equity)
Marc Cicchino (Science of Learning)
Margaret Gray (Science of Learning)
Maria Garcia (SEL & Wellness)
Maria Martha Chavez Brumell (Policy & Civic Engagement)
Matt Reamy (Leadership)
Michael Mittelstaedt (Arts)
Monica Hammond (Adult Learning)
Patricia Wong (Equity)
Patrick Benfield (Informal Learning)
Rowena Shurn (Policy & Civic Engagement)
Rebecca Sadwick (Business & Investment)
Rick Brennan (Informal Learning)
Sandy Baba (Early Learning)
Sarah Louisa Birchley (Global Education)
Shannon Dowling (Informal Learning)
Theresa Garcia (SEL & Wellness)
Uzma Chowdhury (Equity)
Vickie Curtis (Student Agency)
Wendy Little (K-12)
Yu-Chih Wu 吴雨致 (Arts)

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Hundreds of Sessions and Events Announced

SXSW EDU 2019 photo by Steven Snow.

By Leslie Kelley