Launch Finalists, New Featured Session, Exhibitors & More Announced
As SXSW EDU Online approaches, there is more exciting news to share.
Five startups from across the country have been announced as finalists to pitch their ideas in the SXSW EDU Online Launch competition, presented by the Walton Family Foundation.
Featured speakers Carlos Moreno and Elisa Villanueva Beard will be speaking on Educator Leadership for Equity & Justice. The High School for Recording Arts joins the performance lineup and is included in the list of over 70 sessions accredited by the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE).
Plus, check out a preview of the Exhibition below and browse the current lineup of exhibitors.
The full schedule for SXSW EDU Online is now available to view in the event platform. Explore programming and begin building your schedule for the upcoming digital experience.
The Launch competition debuted in 2012 and has been a pillar of SXSW EDU ever since. Launch is a catalyst for innovative startups at the intersection of education, technology, and entrepreneurialism.
We are thrilled to reveal five finalists selected from across the country that will be pitching their startup at SXSW EDU Online.
- Composer (New Orleans, LA)
- Everydae (Los Angeles, CA)
- FabuLingua (Austin, TX)
- Inspirit (Atlanta, GA)
- PolyUp (Saratoga, CA)
Judges & Emcee
The competition will be judged by author and 2015 National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples, founder and managing partner at Zeal Capital Partners Nasir Qadree, and co-founder and CEO of Course Hero Andrew Grauer. The Launch Competition will be emceed by co-founder and managing editor at EdSurge, Tony Wan.
Coaches Susan Badger and Matthew Cohen have signed on to help Launch finalists refine and perfect their pitch.
Educator Leadership for Equity & Justice
Millions of children come to school every day with talents and brilliance, but also with needs that our education system isn’t designed to meet. What will it take to reimagine education so that it centers on equity and the aspirations of students? How can we develop the next generation of equity-oriented leaders in the field? What will the classroom of the future look like? Join two educators who are tackling these questions every day and helping to define a new era in education leadership.
Carlos Moreno – A proud native New Yorker, Carlos Moreno is a passionate educational leader committed to supporting school and district leaders who are creating high-quality, non-traditional schools. He is a Co-Executive Director for Big Picture Learning, a nonprofit organization that, since 1995, has developed over 150 such schools in the United States and throughout the world. Elisa Villanueva Beard – Elisa Villanueva Beard’s journey with Teach For America started as a 1998 corps member in Phoenix. In 2015, Elisa became chief executive officer of Teach For America. Today, under her leadership, Teach For America corps members impact hundreds of thousands of students each year in nearly 2,300 schools across the country. The Teach For America network of 64,000 leaders is working inside and outside the education field to ensure that all children have the access and opportunity to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.
High School for Recording Arts – Creation Meets Vocation
For over 20 years High School for Recording Arts (HSRA) has been transforming the lives of young people who dropped out, felt left behind, or not engaged in a traditional school setting. Through the power of music and tapping into a young person's inherent genius, HSRA students earn a high school diploma while discovering a career and becoming life-long learners. HSRA students will showcase their brilliant creative skills through performing original music as well as share stories on how they discovered viable professional careers through content creation.
The SXSW EDU Online Exhibition serves as the central hub for innovations in learning for this year’s online experience. The Startup Village will feature early-stage companies from all over the world.
The virtual experience offers exciting opportunities for attendees to connect and interact with exhibitors. Explore dynamic, trailblazing organizations that are changing the game and looking to share their stories and ideas with thousands of education professionals from around the globe.
CPE Accredited Sessions
SXSW EDU has partnered with the Association of Texas Professional Educators for several years to provide conference attendees with continuing professional education (CPE) credits.
This year, over 70 sessions at SXSW EDU Online are accredited. View the list of sessions below and locate accredited sessions in the event platform with a "CPE Credit" tag.
After participating in an accredited session during SXSW EDU Online, a unique code will appear after the session. To claim your CPE credit visit ATPE and log in to your ATPE online account (or create a guest account). Access the Professional Learning Portal and click on Add Live Event and enter your Secret Code then, click Validate and Submit. Access and print or save your CPE certificate by visiting your Education Tracker.
Join Us for SXSW EDU Online
Secure your pass for SXSW EDU Online, March 9-11, 2021 at the current rate of $139 before passes sell out. SXSW EDU Online also offers group and student discounts.
Launch emcee Tony Wan photo courtesy of the participant. Launch judges Shanna Peeples, Nasir Qadree, Andrew Grauer photos courtesy of the participants.