First Keynote Conversation Unveiled

As we continue the countdown to March, we are thrilled to reveal the first Keynote session confirmed for the 2023 SXSW EDU Conference & Festival. Doreen Gehry Nelson, Honorary AIA, Professor Emerita of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and Founding Director of Design-Based Learning of UCLA Design-Based Learning Project at UCLA Center X, will be joined by her brother Frank Gehry, award-winning architect and designer of world-renowned buildings, including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California, for a conversation rooted in the true power of design-based learning pedagogy.

In addition to celebrating their life’s work and learning going forward, the two will share their perspectives on the roles that creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration must play in education, particularly through the implementation of the Design-Based Learning methodology. 

In the spirit of the power in place, you won’t want to miss out on all of the chances to deepen your connection with your community by attending networking events unique to SXSW EDU 2023. Learn more about the various opportunities sprinkled throughout the conference and festival to cultivate building meaningful relationships at the event that sustain long after.

The Mentor Program offers impactful one-on-one sessions and group Roundtable discussions. Explore more than 100 professionals confirmed, with mastery in disciplines ranging from startup management, to school leadership, to expert teaching strategy, to driving advocacy work.

This year’s Meet Ups encourage communities to connect around similar topics, passions, roles, and interests. View the initial lineup of 16 meet ups including Education Leaders of Color Meet Up, Global Connections Meet Up, and many more!

Unwind and mingle with fellow attendees at several Social Events, which include happy hours, parties, and more. Explore the schedule to find more information on the Early Bird Social, Opening Party, Launch Competition Party and Closing Party.