SXSW EDU provides a destination for personal and professional growth with an unparalleled program featuring education thought-leaders, compelling sessions, films, and more.

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Photo by Hans Watson

Photo by Hans Watson

About the Program


SXSW EDU features a diverse array of speakers, sessions, workshops, learning experiences, performances, and film screenings programmed to foster learning and discovery for all education stakeholders.

Whether you’re looking to engage in a thought-provoking discussion, participate in a learning activity, or connect with a specific community, formats offer various ways to engage during the event.


  • Featured
  • Film Screening
  • Future20
  • Keynote
  • Meet Up
  • Mentor Sessions
  • Performance
  • Podcast
  • Talk
  • Workshop

2022 Tracks


The wide range of topics and ideas that will be explored at SXSW EDU 2022 are organized by eleven overarching thematic tracks.

Tracks focus on timely topics in education and are designed to help attendees easily navigate the event.

Accessibility & Inclusion
Exploring initiatives and programs that focus on special education, learning differences, and disabilities across the learning lifecycle including instructional strategies, assistive technology, universal design, and more

Arts & Storytelling
Exploring arts-based pedagogies and creative practices including the performing and visual arts, arts integration, and the intersection of STEM and STEAM as well as narrative and world-building approaches for teaching and learning

Business & Investment
Content focused on the business of education including entrepreneurship and startups, investment and funding, marketing strategies, corporate initiatives and partnerships, market trends and analysis, business adaptability and virtual opportunities

Community Initiatives
Programs and projects focused on empowering and connecting communities in and out of the classroom by highlighting work organized by community spaces and groups including libraries, museums, makerspaces, community centers, after-school and summer programs, and more

Emerging Tech
Exploring development and implementation in educational technology including virtual teaching and learning solutions, artificial intelligence, XR, data privacy, coding, data interoperability, as well as issues surrounding equitable access to technology

Equity & Justice
Addressing work championing equity, justice, access, diversity, and inclusion in education and beyond, including social and economic disparities, culturally responsive teaching, anti-racism practice, LGBTQ+ issues, and more to ensure equitable opportunities and outcomes for all

Global Impact
Programs and initiatives exploring the importance of global collaboration in education and beyond including international instructional approaches and business ventures, language acquisition and ESL/ELL instruction, program implementation across borders, global partnerships, cross-cultural initiatives, and more

Policy & Civic Engagement
Addressing education policy issues across local, regional, national, and international governance including funding and standards, student data use, school safety, and digital policies, as well as economic development, advocacy and activism, and government partnerships

Practice & Pedagogy
Content focused on instruction and pedagogy across the entire learning lifecycle with a focus on innovative teaching and learning, and institutional transformation, with topics including instructional best practices for all educational levels and evolving curricula, leadership practice, and groundbreaking insights

SEL & Wellness
Furthering social emotional learning and whole-child education including initiatives addressing mental and physical wellness, trauma-informed practices, and health education with a focus on mental health initiatives for educators, students, and families

Work Reimagined
Programs and new approaches to upskilling, corporate learning, and talent development, including workforce revitalization and training, and career transitions, as well as initiatives for mature learners and non-traditional students

Submit a Session Proposal


PanelPicker® is a digital, crowd-sourced platform that enables the community to propose session ideas for the SXSW EDU 2022 program.

Tuesday, June 29 – PanelPicker Opens
Thursday, July 22 – PanelPicker Closes
Tuesday, August 10 – PanelPicker Community Voting Opens
Thursday, August 26 – PanelPicker Community Voting Closes

Learn More

Screen a Film

Submit to screen a film exploring critical topics facing education at SXSW EDU. Apply June 29 – November 18.

Submit Film
Hidden Figures Film Q&A at SXSW EDU 2017 photo by Steve Rogers.

Pitch Your Startup

Submit to pitch your startup at the SXSW EDU Launch competition. Apply June 29 – October 28.

Apply for Launch
Nick Ducoff & Sabrina Manville Launch pitch at SXSW EDU 2019.


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