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

Photo by Akash Kataria.

Photo by Akash Kataria.

About the Program


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

The wide range of topics and ideas explored at SXSW EDU is organized by thematic tracks, designed to help illuminate overarching focus areas and enable attendees to easily navigate the event. Find your community or build a new one as you work through the program.

2021 Tracks

  • Community
  • Emerging Tech
  • Equity & Justice
  • Global Impact
  • Media & Public Engagement
  • Policy & Civil Discourse
  • Practice & Pedagogy
  • Work Reimagined

2021 Conference Formats


Nate Butkus Book Signing at SXSW EDU 2019.
Converse (2-3 speakers / 45 min)
A speaker-facilitated, open conversation that focuses on driving dialogue and connecting communities around a particular topic rather than offering a structured presentation

Featured (45 min)
A groundbreaking conversation focusing on leading trends and topics across the education space

Keynote (45 min)
A plenary session highlighting thought leadership that kicks off each day of SXSW EDU programming

Talk (1-4 speakers / 30 min)
A focused, high-energy presentation centered on breakthroughs and insights

Work (2-3 speakers / 60 min)
An instructional program with hands-on learning activities and specific takeaways

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Bruce D. Perry

Dr. Bruce Perry

Senior Fellow

The ChildTrauma Academy

Oprah Winfrey, Photo by Chris Craymer

Oprah Winfrey

Global Media Leader

Harpo Inc.

Nic Stone

Nic Stone


Logolepsy Media Inc

Kimberly Bryant, Founder & CEO of Black Girls CODE

Kimberly Bryant

Founder and CEO

Black Girls CODE

Reshma Saujani

Founder and CEO

Girls Who Code

Brittany Hogan

Brittany Hogan

Director of Educational Equity & Diversity

Rockwood School District

Dr. Miguel Cardona

U.S. Secretary of Education

Dr. Tinisha Parker

Executive Director of Student Services

Gwinnett County Public Schools

Connie Britton

Emmy®-nominated Actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador


Featured Speakers

Carlos Moreno

Carlos Moreno

Co-Executive Director

Big Picture Learning

Kate Robinson

Kate Robinson



Chris Evans photo by Jon Kopaloff / Getty Images

Chris Evans


A Starting Point (ASP)

Elisa Villanueva Beard

Elisa Villanueva Beard

Chief Executive Officer

Teach For America

Nia Farrell

Nia Farrell

Development Coordinator

Nine Muses Entertainment

Michael Sorrell

Dr. Michael Sorrell


Paul Quinn College

Bryce Dallas Howard

Bryce Dallas Howard

Director, Producer, Actor

Nine Muses Entertainment

Mia Charity

Mia Charity

Chief Development Officer

Close Up Foundation

Paul LeBlanc, President, Southern New Hampshire University

Dr. Paul LeBlanc


Southern New Hampshire University


Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits

SXSW EDU has partnered with The Association of Texas Professional Educators for the past several years to provide conference attendees with continuing professional education (CPE) credits. The ATPE team reviews the SXSW EDU program and the list of sessions that meet CPE criteria will be made available closer to March. In 2020 more than two hundred sessions were accredited and you do not have to be an ATPE member to claim the CPE credits.

Visit to create an account and access their online professional learning to earn credits with past SXSW EDU sessions.

EDU 2019 Workshop session.

Photo by Debra Reyes.

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Register for SXSW EDU Online 2021

Join us at SXSW EDU Online, a digital experience March 9-11, 2021, with passes available at $159.




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