Speakers & Sessions

Hundreds of speakers with diverse backgrounds and expertise will take the stage at SXSW EDU to share their knowledge and challenge us to think critically about the future of teaching and learning.


Photo by Tico Mendoza.

Photo by Tico Mendoza.

About Speakers & Sessions


Thought leaders converge at SXSW EDU to provide professionals, at every stage of their career, with actionable learning, endless inspiration, and resonating insights through sessions and workshops. Content on the program is organized by thematic tracks designed to illuminate overarching focus areas.

The majority of conference programming is fueled by PanelPicker, the two-part online process that enables the community to lend their voice to the event. Step one encourages the community to enter a session proposal to speak at SXSW EDU. Step two allows the community to browse all of the ideas, leave comments, and vote for their favorite proposals. PanelPicker proposals for SXSW EDU 2020 will be accepted July 1 – 19, 2019.

For frequently asked questions and answers, check out the PanelPicker or Speaker FAQ.


Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson



Jennifer Eberhardt

Jennifer Eberhardt

Author and Professor of Psychology

Stanford University

Ted Dintersmith



Add to Your Schedule

Featured Speakers

Esther Wojcicki

Educator, Journalist, IT & OER Consultant, Author

Christopher Emdin

Associate Professor

Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University

Arlan Hamilton

Founder and Managing Partner

Backstage Capital

Lieutenant General Jay Silveria

Lieutenant General Jay Silveria


The United States Air Force Academy

Kay Hire

Kathryn “Kay” Hire

Former NASA Astronaut

Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson


“The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose”

Jason Reynolds

New York Times bestselling author

"Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi"

Laura Huang

MBA Class of 1954 Associate Professor of Business Administration

Harvard Business School

Dan Rosensweig, Chairman and CEO, Chegg

Dan Rosensweig

Chairman and CEO



Policy Forum Speakers

Zakiya Smith Ellis

Secretary Of Higher Education

State of New Jersey

Pedro Rivera

Secretary Of Education

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Margaret Spellings

President and CEO

Texas 2036


Get Involved

Join Us for SXSW EDU 2020

Register to attend the 2020 SXSW EDU Conference & Festival by Friday, January 17 to save $110 off the walk-up rate.



Subscribe to the SXSW EDU Conference & Festival Updates to stay up to date on important announcements and opportunities.


Program at SXSW EDU

Stay Tuned

Sign up to receive the latest announcements, tips, networking invitations and more.