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

Featured Speakers

Brittany Hogan

Brittany Hogan

Director of Educational Equity & Diversity

Rockwood School District

Michael Sorrell

Dr. Michael Sorrell


Paul Quinn College

Kate Robinson

Kate Robinson



Nic Stone

Nic Stone


Logolepsy Media Inc

Paul LeBlanc, President, Southern New Hampshire University

Dr. Paul LeBlanc


Southern New Hampshire University

Nia Farrell

Nia Farrell

Development Coordinator

Nine Muses Entertainment

Bryce Dallas Howard

Bryce Dallas Howard

Director, Producer, Actor

Nine Muses Entertainment

Rachel Friedman

Rachel Friedman

Career Development Program Administrator

New York University

Ted Dintersmith

Founder & Chair

What School Could Be

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The SXSW EDU Film program highlights narratives and documentaries focusing on all aspects of education. With films tackling social impacts on domestic and international learning, peering into classrooms, and exploring student advocacy, the film program presents an entertaining and compelling addition to SXSW EDU.

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Hidden Figures film Q&A at SXSW EDU 2017. Photo by Steve Rogers.


The SXSW EDU Performance program shines a light on performance arts as a vehicle for deeper learning, from theatrical groups, literacy development programs, music groups, spoken word, and more. Performances provide an experience that is both entertaining and educational.

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SXSW EDU 2017 performance. Photo by Randy& Jackie Smith.

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 a limited number of passes available at $115.



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