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.

 Momentum & Movement: Black Women in Film – SXSW EDU 2022 – Photo by Jon Currie

Momentum & Movement: Black Women in Film – SXSW EDU 2022 – Photo by Jon Currie

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 voting for SXSW EDU 2023 is now open through August 21, 2022.

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



Whether you're looking to engage in a thought-provoking discussion, participate in a learning activity, or connect with a specific community, session formats offer various ways to engage during the event.

Featured (60 min / 1-4 speakers)
A groundbreaking presentation focusing on leading trends and topics across the education space and beyond that highlights each hour of conference programming during the event

Keynote (60 min / 1+ speakers)
A plenary session highlighting thought leadership that kicks off each day of SXSW EDU programming

Meet Up (60 min / 1-2 speakers)
A speaker-facilitated networking event that encourages communities to connect around similar topics, passions, roles, or interests. Please note this is NOT a presentation-based session format

Performance (90 min, 1-4 speakers)
A musical, theatrical, storytelling, dance, poetry, or other performance that includes a workshop or extended Q&A to reflect on the value of the performing arts as a vehicle for deeper learning and offer takeaways for the audience

Podcast (60 min / 2-4 speakers)
A conversation on topics across the education landscape, hosted by media organizations and existing podcasts, and recorded in an intimate setting amongst a live audience to be used as a future episode

Solo (30 min, 1 speaker)
A short solo presentation highlighting new and emerging ideas, followed by an audience Q&A

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

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


SXSW EDU 2022 Featured Speaker Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton

Vice Chair

Clinton Foundation

Chris Evans photo by Jon Kopaloff / Getty Images

Chris Evans


A Starting Point (ASP)

Oprah Winfrey, Photo by Chris Craymer

Oprah Winfrey

Global Media Leader

Harpo Inc.

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels photo credit Robert Bredvad

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels

Mental Health Advocate, Hip-Hop Legend, Author


Secretary Miguel Cardona

Secretary Miguel Cardona

Secretary of Education

U.S. Department of Education

SXSW EDU 2022 Featured Speaker Zaila Avant-garde

Zaila Avant-garde

2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion

Dr. Tequilla Brownie


The New Teacher Project

Christopher Emdin

Associate Professor

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

SXSW EDU 2022 Keynote Priya Parker

Priya Parker

Facilitator & Author, The Art of Gathering



SXSW EDU is partnering with The Association of Texas Professional Educators to provide attendees with continuing professional education (CPE) credits.

Visit atpe.org to create an account and access their online professional learning to earn credits by attending SXSW EDU sessions.

Photo by Tico Mendoza

Photo by Tico Mendoza

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