Five Ways to Make Every Minute Count at This Year's SXSWedu

Published March 4, 2016

By Communications Team

How to get the most out of the world's most exciting education conference!

On March 7-10, thousands of educators, technology entrepreneurs, and tech journalists will once again flock to Austin, Texas for the annual SXSWedu Conference and Festival. Since its inaugural event in 2011, SXSWedu has become as a nexus of networking and innovation at the intersection of education and technology.

As anyone who's ever experienced SXSWedu can attest, it's impossible to find the time to attend every incredible activity, event, and learning opportunity that the festival offers. While you're almost guaranteed to have a lengthy list of "next year!" items left on your agenda by the week's end, here are five things you can do to have the most productive and inspiring SXSWedu 2016 experience possible:

  1. Download the SXSWedu mobile app. With it you can browse the entire program, setup your schedule, access maps of the event, and connect with other attendees. The app can help you spend less time coordinating your busy days and more time enjoying everything SXSWedu has to offer.

  2. Visit the McGraw-Hill Lounge. Once again located in Room 406 at the Hilton Austin Downtown, our Lounge has become a relaxing oasis for both SXSWedu regulars and first-timers. Check-in with us and you could win a new custom FitBit Chargeā„¢ to monitor your own 'small data!'

    McGraw-Hill SXSWedu lounge
  3. Check out the Launch competition for ed-tech startups. SXSWedu's Launch Program showcases some of the most promising new concepts and innovations in education. The fast-paced competition will be emceed by Guy Kawasaki of Canva and judged by some of today's top technology experts including our CDO Stephen Laster.

  4. Join our live #SXMHE Twitter chat on 3/8. This year we're thrilled to have Anthony Salcito (@anthonysalcito) of Microsoft Education and Betsy Corcoran (@betsy_) of EdSurge join Stephen Laster (tweets from @mheducation) for a live Q&A on how ed-tech's big ideas can be put into action. Follow the lively conversation on hashtag #SXMHE and feel free to chime-in and offer your own perspective. Catch-up on last year's #SXMHE chat with Tom Murray of the Alliance for Excellent Education in this recap.

  5. Get credit for professional learning. This year SXSWedu has partnered with Association of Texas Professional Educators to offer Continuing Professional Education (CPE) units for over 150 sessions and workshops. Educators can make their time in Austin even more productive by fulfilling annual learning requirements at one of the most informative and exciting educational events of the year.

We'll see you in Austin!