SXSW EDU and SXSW 2018 Updates

Source: SXSW, Samantha Burkard

There have been a few updates for SXSW EDU and SXSW 2018. As your local guru and as promised below are the latest updates that include the announcements of the Keynote for the 2018 Conference & Festival for SXSW EDU and SXSW 2018 Community Service Awards Honorees.


Keynote for the 2018 Conference & Festival Announced

Yesterday, SXSW EDU announced danah boyd, founder and president of Data & Society and Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, as a.

Per the SXSW EDU speaker page the social media scholar, youth researcher and advocate, danah boyd, leads Data & Society in their focus to understand the role of data-driven technologies in society. Dr. boyd also works as a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Visiting Professor at New York University and has authored a number of books including “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens” and “Participatory Culture in a Networked Age“. Her extensive exploration to better understand the relationship between technology and society lends her a unique perspective that we look forward to hearing from at SXSW EDU 2018.

In her recent work, Dr. boyd has taken a powerful look at media literacy, the widespread consumption of fake news and the cultural implications of media manipulation. Her SXSW EDU keynote, “What Hath We Wrought?” will explore this and more.

Visit the speakers page to learn more about Dr. boyd and get to know other voices that have been announced to speak at SXSW EDU.

Register to attend SXSW EDU

SXSW EDU is on March 5th through 8th, 2018, in Austin, Texas. Register to attend before the upcoming discount deadline, Friday, October 20, to save $200 on your badge and take advantage of the best selection of downtown hotels. Click here to register.

Earn Professional Development Credits at SXSW EDU

The Association of Texas Professional Educators is pleased to announce that they are teaming up once again with SXSW EDU to provide conference attendees with continuing professional education (CPE) credits. Click here to learn more on how you can earn Professional Development Credits at SXSW EDU.

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SXSW 2018 Community Service Awards Honorees

Each year SXSW recognizes six individuals and six organizations for their community service efforts. The honorees or organizations will receive complimentary badges to SXSW, $50,000 in grants, and a chance to spread the word about their work to the SXSW community. They will be honored in a ceremony on March 12, 2018 during SXSW which is free and no SXSW required. SXSW just announced the honorees for 2018 and below are the SXSW Community Service Awards Honorees:

  • Chris Diaz – Helped form the Action Tank in 2016 with a group of post 9/11 veterans in an effort to improve the social conditions of their community by harnessing the experiences, skills, and relationships of service-minded citizens.
  • Catalina Escobar – Co-founder of MAKAIA, a not-for-profit organization that promotes capacities for social development through cooperation, technology and innovation.
  • Char Hu – Founder and CEO of The Helper Bees, a technology company in Austin which provides intelligent in-home, caregiver-to-senior matching.
  • James Jack – Co-founded human-I-T as a platform for putting donated technology into the hands of low-income households.
  • Linda Novick O’Keefe – Founding Chief Executive Officer of Common Threads, a rapidly growing company with the mission of preventing childhood obesity and reversing the trend of generations of non-cookers.
  • Celeste C. Smith – Chief Executive Officer for 1Hood Media, a collective of conscious Hip Hop artists and activists who utilize Hip Hop as a means of raising awareness around issues affecting oppressed people around the world.
  • Allies Against Slavery – Works to build Slave­ Free Cities, places where traffickers cannot exploit the vulnerable and where survivors have access to all they need to heal.
  • Creative Action – A nonprofit, arts-based, youth development organization that provides dynamic and engaging creative learning programs in the classroom, in after-school settings, and in the community.
  • Gamers Outreach – A 501(c)(3) charity organization that provides equipment, technology, and software to help kids cope with treatment inside hospitals.
  • Jeremiah Program – Works to transform families from poverty to prosperity through career-track college education for parents, high quality early childhood education for children, as well as safe and affordable housing.
  • Kids In A New Groove (KING) – Provides Texas youth in foster care with a committed one-on-one mentoring relationship through weekly, private music instruction, giving students the ability to build concrete strategies for life-long success.
  • Urban Roots – Uses food and farming to transform the lives of young people and inspire, engage, and nourish the community.

#TBT: 25 Years of SXSW Film

This year to commemorate the 25th edition of the SXSW Film Festival SXSW will spotlight careers launched, artists discovered, powerful performances, and more from their alumni. This week’s featured artists are Andrew Haigh, Alex Winter, Dan Lindsay & TJ Martin, and Lynn Shelton. Click here to find out more about #TBT: 25 Years of SXSW Film Festival and Andrew Haigh, Alex Winter, Dan Lindsay & TJ Martin, and Lynn Shelton.

Register to attend SXSW 2018

Register to attend SXSW 2018 before the next registration rate deadline on Friday, October 20 and save. If you haven’t secured housing yet for SXSW 2018, be sure to make your hotel reservations through SXSW Housing & Travel for the best available rates. Click here to register to attend SXSW 2018.

I am excited to cover SXSW for my consecutive forth year (hopefully)! This year SXSW, especially for Austinites, is going to be special since it’s the 25th anniversary for the SXSW film festival. As promised I will post updates for SXSW 2018 as they come in and hopefully I will see you all at SXSW!

For more information about SXSW 2018 click here. For more information about SXSW EDU click here.


Source: SXSW, SXSW EDU, Association of Texas Professional Educators, Samantha Burkard

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