Program History

SXSW EDU offers unique opportunities to explore the intersection of education and film, performance arts, and more during the Conference & Festival.

Explore past SXSW EDU keynotes, films, and performances to see who has brought their insights and creativity to SXSW EDU.

Hidden Figures film screening at SXSW EDU 2017 in Austin, Texas. Photo by Steve Rogers.



Adam Harris, The Atlantic (2023)
Alaa Murabit, United Nations (2018)
Anant Agarwal, edX (2013)
Andrew Ng, Coursera (2013)
Antonia Hylton, NBC News (2022)
Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education (2012)
Asenath Andrews, Catherine Ferguson Academy (2013)
Audra Garcia, The University of Texas at Austin (2022)
Ayah Bdeir (2016)
Baratunde Thurston, How To Citizen With Baratunde (2022)
Bill Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2013)
Bob Santelli, Grammy Museum (2015)
Brené Brown, Brave Leaders Inc (2017)
Brittany Hogan, Rockwood School District (2021)
Bruce Perry, The ChildTrauma Academy (2021)
Carol Dweck, Stanford University (2020)*
Carolyn Foote (2022)
Charles Best, (2015, 2017)
Chris De La Cruz, The Moth (2018)
Christopher Emdin, Teachers College, Columbia University (2017)
Connie Britton, Emmy®-nominated Actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador (2021)
Connie Yowell, LRNG (2016)
Crystal Duckert, The Moth (2018)
Dan Porterfield, Aspen Institute (2019)
Dana Brown, A Starting Point (2022)
Danah Boyd, Data & Society (2018)
Darius Baxter, GOODProjects (2019)
David Brooks, Aspen Institute (2019)
David Epstein, ProPublica (2015)
David Yeager, The University of Texas at Austin (2020)*
Diego Perez (Yung Pueblo), Yung Pueblo Inc. (2024)
Doreen Gehry Nelson, UCLA (2023)
Elizabeth Green, Chalkbeat (2015)
Emily Pilloton, Project H (2015)
Eric Deggans, National Public Radio (2019)
Evan Smith, Texas Tribune (2014)
Frank Gehry, Gehry Partners (2023)
George M. Johnson (2022)
Gesenia Alvarez, Travis High School (2022)
Goldie Hawn, The Hawn Foundation (2015)
Henry Louis Gates Jr, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University (2019)
Jane McGonigal (2016)
Jeff Charbonneau, Zillah Middle School (2020)*
Jeffrey Tambor (2014)
Jennifer Eberhardt, Stanford University (2020)*
Jennifer Gonzalez, Cult of Pedagogy (2019)
Jessica Lahey (2018)
Jim Shelton, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (2018)
John Mark Wesley Hunter, Austin Community College (2022)
Jonathan Cox, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (2024)
Kimberlé Crenshaw, The African American Policy Forum (2024)
Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls CODE (2021)
Kimberly Mata-Rubio, Lives Robbed (2023)
Laura Pappano, New York Times (2013)
LeVar Burton (2012)
Liz Willen, The Hechinger Report (2023)
Luma Mufleh, The Fugees Academy (2023)
Marjorie Scardino (2012)
Mary Murphy, Indiana University (2020)*
Micaela Blei, The Moth (2018)
Michael J. Sorrell, Paul Quinn College (2018)
Miguel Cardona, U.S. Secretary of Education (2021), (2022)
Mike Hixenbaugh, NBC News (2022)
Mimi Ito, University of California Irvine (2015)
Nic Stone, Logolepsy Media Inc (2021)
Nick Allen PhD, Center for Digital Mental Health, University of Oregon (2023)
Norma Ming, Gild/Socos/UC Berkeley (2014)
Odis Johnson Jr. PhD, Hopkins Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, Johns Hopkins University (2023)
Oprah Winfrey, Harpo Inc. (2021)
Patrick Awuah Jr, Ashesi University (2019)
Paul Reville, Harvard Graduate School of Education (2016)
Paula Kerger, PBS (2019)
Pooja Agarwal, Powerful Thinking/ (2022)
Priya Parker, The Art of Gathering (2022)
Rehema Ellis, NBC News (2020)*
Reshma Saujani, Girls Who Code (2021)
Rev. Lisa Fitzpatrick, APEX Community Advancement Inc (2019)
Roberto Rivera, Good Life Alliance / 7 Mindsets (2017)
Rod Paige, Secretary of Education (2014)
Rodney Robinson, Virgie Binford Education Center (2020)*
Russlynn Ali, Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education (2016)
Ruth J. Simmons, Prairie View A&M University (2023)
Sal Khan, Khan Academy (2015)
Sara Goldrick-Rab, Temple University (2017)
Sarah Brown Wessling, Johnston High School (2020)*
Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, Harvard University (2017)
Sarah Rose Siskind, Hello SciCom (2024)
Sean Cavanagh (2016)
Sewell Chan, The Texas Tribune (2023)
Shanna Peeples, Harvard Law School (2020)*
Sir Ken Robinson, Boundless (2020)*
Spencer Russell, Toddlers CAN Read (2024)
Sydney Chaffee, Codman Academy (2020)*
Ted Dintersmith, Boundless (2020)*
Temple Grandin, Colorado State University (2016)
Tim Ferriss, Author, Entrepreneur, and Angel Investor (2017)
Tim Manley, The Moth (2018)
Tinisha Parker, Gwinnett County Public Schools (2021)
Todd Rose, Center for Individual Opportunity (2016)
Vivienne Ming, Gild/Socos/UC Berkeley (2014)

* Originally scheduled for SXSW EDU 2020, which was canceled by the City of Austin on March 6, 2020.



44 Pages (2017)
A Brave Heart (2016)
A Crazy Idea (2018)
After Parkland (2020)*
All Who Dare (2023)
American Creed (2018)
American Promise (2014)
Anatomy of a Snow Day (2015)
Autism Goes to College (2020)
Beautiful Something Left Behind (2021)
Behavior (2015)
Being You (2016)
Best Kept Secret (2014)
Beyond Men and Masculinity (2022)
Beyond the Dream (2017)
Big Dream (2015)
BOUNCE: How the Ball Taught The World to Play (2016)
Breaking the Bee (2019)
Brooklyn Castle (2013)
Building Hope (2013)
Bulletproof (2021)
Bully (2013)
Butterfly in the Sky (2024)
By Design: The Shaping of Nashville's Public Schools (2022)
Changing Education From The Inside Out (2017)
Changing the Game (2020)*
CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap (2016)
Como Vivimos (How We Live) (2024)
Crotty’s Kids (2014)
Curtain Up! (2022)
Defiant Requiem (2016)
eduCAUTION (2014)
Eighth Grade (2019)
Fail State (2018)
Farming While Black (2024)
Fed Up (2015)
Fly By Light (2017)
Freedom Writers: Stories from an Undeclared War (2015)
Foster (2020)*
Girl Rising (2014)
Great Expectations: Raising Educational Achievement (2013)
Harlem Rising (2024)
Hazing (2023)
He Named Me Malala (2016)
Hidden Figures (2017)
Hungry to Learn (2020)*
I Am Big Bird: The Carroll Spinney Story (2015)
If You Build It (2014), (2015)
In My Blood it Runs (2020)*
In My Own Words (2018)
In the Game (2016)
Inside My Heart (2019)
Intelligent Lives (2019)
Into the Circle (2022)
Ivory Tower (2014)
Join or Die (2024)
Landfill Harmonic (2017)
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl) (2020)*
Let the Little Light Shine (2022)
Life, Animated (2019)
Look! I’m Learning (2013)
Lunch Hour (2017)
Marshall Man (2024)
Medora (2014)
Miss Virginia (2020)*
Most Likely To Succeed (2015)
Moving Stories (2019)
MSDStrong Documentary (2019)
My Voice, My Life (2015)
NAS: Time is Illmatic (2016)
Neurotypical (2014)
Newtown (2017)
Night School (2017)
No Small Matter (2020)
Once in a Lullaby: The PS22 Chorus Story (2014)
OYLER (2016)
Pahokee (2019)
Paper Tigers (2017)
Personal Statement (2019)
Pioneers in Skirts (2023)
Pulau Plastik (Plastic Island) (2022)
Purple Dreams (2018)
Resilience (2017)
River City Drumbeat (2020)
Roll Red Roll (2019)
Salam Neighbor (2016)
Sami Blood (2018)
School in the Cloud (2019)
School Life (2018)
Seats at the Table (2019)
Seeds of Greenwood (2023)
She Creates Change (2024)
She Started It (2017)
Shot in the Dark (2020)*
Show Her The Money (2024)
Show Me Democracy (2018)
Sonita (2017)
Southeast 67 (2016)
Startup Weekend Education (2013)
Starving the Beast (2017)
STEP (2018)
Summer Nights (2022)
Swim Team (2017)
SXSW Texas High School Shorts (2012), (2013), (2014), (2015), (2016), (2017), (2018)
TEACH (2014)
Teacher (2023)
Teach Us All (2017)
TEACHED Vol. 1 (2014)
Tell Them We Are Rising (2018)
Tested (2016)
Texas High School Shorts (2018)
The Backward Class (2015)
The Bad Kids (2016)
The Beginning of Life (2017)
The Biggest Story Problem: Why America’s Students are Failing at Math (2014)
The Candidates (2020)*
The Disruptors (2023)
The Empty Classroom (2015)
The Hip Hop Fellow (2015)
The Homestretch (2015)
The Hunting Ground (2016)
The New Public (2013)
The R-Word (2019)
The Revisionaries (2013)
The Right to Read (2023)
The Road to TEACH (2015)
The Secret Song (2023)
The Truth About Reading (2024)
The University (2017)
The Wisdom of Trauma (2022)
This is My Black (2023)
This Is My Land (2015)
Tomorrow's Hope: The Promise of Early Childhood Education (2022)
Tower (2017)
TRUE BEEF: From Pasture to Plate (2015)
Unlikely (2019)
Unschooled (2020)
Us Kids (2022)
We Are Columbine (2024)
We Are the Radical Monarchs (2020)*, (2021)
We the Parents (2014)
Yuck! A 4th Grader’s Short Documentary About School Lunch (2014)

* This selection was originally scheduled for SXSW EDU 2020, which was cancelled by the City of Austin on March 6, 2020.



Approaching Dance from an Inclusive Perspective – Art Spark Texas & Body Shift Collective (2022)
Bigger Than Hip Hop: Why Folks Say it Controls Your Brain - Edvengers (2024)
Changing the Future of STEM Education with STEMusic! - STEMusic LLC (2024)
Creation Meets Vocation – High School for Recording Arts (2021)
Crossing the Line – Cry Havoc Theater Company (2020)*
Culturally Relevant Learning to Vocational Discovery – High School for the Recording Arts (2020)*
Disability as a Creative Source - Molly Joyce Music (2023)
Drag Queen Story Hour – Drag Queen Story Hour (2022)
Flow Hard With High School For Recording Arts! – High School for the Recording Arts (2018, 2019)
From Page to Stage: Bringing Students’ Stories to Life – Paramount (2018, 2019)
Igniting the Imagination: Music & Creative Process - New Jersey City University (2023)
Knowledge of Self: Poetry, Workshop, & Open Mic - Crystal Endsley Taylor (2024)
Lucha Libre in the Global Arena - Glass Half Full Theatre (2024)
Make a Move: Bodies Creating Change – The University of Texas & Peace First (2019)
Moving Myths of India: Integrating Dance and Culture into Education - Austin Dance India (2024)
Once Upon a Moon – Cry Havoc Theater Company (2021)
Processing through Performance – Paramount Story Wranglers (2021)
Raise Your Voices: Songs for Social Change – Lucky Hart Records, The Andy Roddick Foundation, & Through My Eyes / Move With Me (2022)
Ranked - A Musical of Identity, Pressure & Self-Worth - Peytoven Productions (2024)
Rap Unzel: A Story of BlackBoyJoy, SelfCare & Hair - Reggie's Rap Room, Brown Boy Productions, Whats In The Mirror? (2023)
Rise Up: Young Leaders Using Art For Change – Arts Corps & Catalyst Arts (2018)
Satire for Solutions: Laugh While You Learn – BlackIssuesISSUES (2020)*
Seen, Heard & Loved: Music and Student Identities - LADAMA,, Native Media Strategies (2023)
Sharing Your Identity Through Artistic Expression – Interlochen Center for the Arts (2018, 2019)
Show U How To Do This: Hip-Hop Educators Rock Mics – Beats Not Bullets, Creative Outsiders Inc., Polar Ent. LLC, & Wordsworth Production LLC (2022)
Slam Poetry + Standup Comedy = Engaged Learning – Cometry (2018)
Spoken Word and Speaking Out: A Young Writer/Activist's Take – Aija Mayrock (2019)
Social Justice Through Spoken Word – Imani Wallace (2020)*
Staged Reading: The Kennedy Center’s Long Way Down – The Kennedy Center (2019)
SyrianamericanA: A Nation-State of Mind – Omar Offendum (2020)*
The DJ Saved My an Educator! - DJ Soul Nice, Leaders Don't Lead North Shore High School, Fresh Professor (2023)
The Fairytale Project: Pedagogy & Performance - Nia's Daughters Movement Collective, Harris County Cultural Arts Council, Rising Stars Academy of Dance & Performing Arts (2023)
The Moth StorySLAM – The Moth (2019)
You Need Hip Hop Ya Heard?: Performance & Workshop – CodeScty, Science with Tom & Arts Corps (2020)*
The Power of Student Voice Amplified Through Performance – Paramount Story Wranglers (2020)*

* This selection was originally scheduled for SXSW EDU 2020, which was cancelled by the City of Austin on March 6, 2020.


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