Announcing Closing Keynote and More Thursday Programming for SXSW EDU 2024

We are excited to welcome poet and author of The Way Forward, Yung Pueblo, to the SXSW EDU 2024 stage as our Closing Keynote on Thursday, March 7! This inspirational Keynote speaker will bring self-healing, love, and acceptance to Austin as he tackles introspection, positive habit building, and personal development to better serve yourself and others.

Additionally, we have added a new Featured Session to Thursday’s lineup that explores how doctors, parents, and advocates are leveraging new technology to empower neurodivergent individuals and change how we approach communication.

Plus, Thursday, March 7 will be a day for connection and community, as all SXSW EDU programming will be open to SXSW attendees for a Crossover Day! In addition to the Closing Keynote and Featured Sessions on Thursday, explore a vibrant day of programming including a film screening, meet ups, and much more. Stay tuned for a series of specially curated crossover sessions aimed at bridging the two communities, to be announced soon.

Thursday, March 7 Programming

Closing Keynote

Unlocking Your Best Self for Yourself & Others

In a thought-provoking talk, Diego aka “Yung Pueblo” will guide audiences through the transformative journey of self-love and the art of letting go. He will highlight the three pillars of self-love: radical honesty, self-acceptance, and positive habit building, and how these principles can lead to personal healing. Diego will also discuss the importance of releasing past traumas and how that connects to uplifting the mind and unlocking creativity. It is only through unlocking your best self that you can serve others well.

Yung Pueblo – Meditator, Writer, & Speaker

Featured Session

Providing a Voice & Making the Nevers Possible for ALL

Those with sensory needs are oftentimes left without a voice both in and outside of the classroom. Join this panel conversation to learn how technology advances, doctors, parents, and advocates are working together to change how neurodivergent individuals communicate, empowering them to shatter the nerves that were handed to them through their journey of diagnosis.

Chris Jackson - Actor & Board Member, KultureCity
Meg Raby Klinghoffer - Sensory Trainer, KultureCity
Michele Kong - Professor of Pediatrics, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Meet Up

PanelPicker & More: Engaging at SXSW EDU 2025 Meet Up

As SXSW EDU comes to an end, we are already prepping for 2025! Want to speak on the program or participate at the event? Stop by and meet some of the staff for information and tips, and learn about the many ways to get involved at next year’s event.


“Butterfly in the Sky” Screening & Q&A

“Butterfly in the Sky” tells the story of the beloved PBS children’s series "Reading Rainbow," its iconic host LeVar Burton, and the challenges its creators faced in cultivating a love of reading through television. Two seconds into the bubbling synth sounds of its theme song will have a child of the 1980s or ‘90s exclaiming “Reading Rainbow!” Such is the beloved nature of the classic children’s literary television show that introduced millions of kids to the wonder of books.

Q&A with Deborah Lee Smith, Bryan Storkel, Bradford Thomason, and Brett Whitcomb.

Crossover Day

SXSW EDU Programming Open to All SXSW Attendees on Thursday, March 7

We believe there is an educator behind every great leader, and every great leader is a lifelong learner. SXSW fosters creative perspectives, and the Crossover Day will provide an opportunity to learn lessons applied more broadly, while collaborating and building your network outside of the immediate educator community.

Stay tuned for new sessions added exclusively for Crossover Day, to be announced soon.

Explore Thursday's Schedule

Don’t Miss Out On SXSW EDU 2024

Register and book your hotel today to break new ground in education through compelling sessions, in-depth workshops, mentorship, film screenings, trailblazing competitions, a dynamic expo, networking opportunities, and so much more at SXSW EDU from March 4-7, 2024.

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SXSW EDU 2024 Keynote and Featured Speaker photos provided by the speakers.

By Auva Saghafi