SXSW EDU 2022 is organized by eleven overarching tracks focused on timely topics in the rapidly evolving education landscape.

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Photo by Tico Mendoza



The wide range of topics and ideas at SXSW EDU are organized by thematic tracks, designed to help illuminate overarching focus areas and enable attendees to 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



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.

Future20 (20 mins / 1 speaker)
A short solo presentation highlighting new and emerging ideas, followed by an optional audience Q&A

Meet Up (60 mins / 1-2 speakers)
A speaker-facilitated networking event that encourages communities to connect around similar topics, passions, roles, or interests

Podcast (60 mins / 2-4 speakers)
A podcast conversation on topics across the education landscape, hosted by media organizations and recorded in an intimate setting amongst a live audience

Talk (60 mins / 2-4 speakers)
A focused, diverse, and dynamic exploration of a particular topic, followed by audience Q&A

Workshop (90 mins / 1-3 speakers)
An in-depth, instructional program with hands-on learning activities and specific takeaways



Whether you are seeking inspiration, conversation, or explanation — these themes underscore the foundation of our work in education. From practice to pedagogy, we are all in this together.

SXSW EDU remains a place to reinforce the core principles of teaching and learning as well as an opportunity to tackle complex issues and build reimagined paths forward for education.

Whether it is questioning large-scale subjects like systemic impacts or personal matters like control over your career, we’ve seen more individuals and groups re-evaluating what and who is prioritized in the decisions made each day.

Society’s health and wellbeing have been put to the test. How do we make it through an ongoing global pandemic? Climate crisis? Social issues? And, how do we acknowledge the impact of these current affairs in education?

Boundless Curiosity
As educators, students, innovators, and humans, we are naturally curious about the possibilities of the world around us and the people we share it with. By expanding the boundaries in the way we connect and learn in response to the pandemic, the learning community is creating the tools that will help us go forward.

At its core, education is about humanity. It is about teaching the necessary skills that serve as the foundation for society and sharing wisdom from lived experience. It is about helping the next generations build the bridges that will take them into their future.

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