AUSTIN, TEXAS — The SXSWedu Conference & Festival is back for its fifth year, bringing together a host of creative minds with innovative education backgrounds here. StateScoop is on the ground to catch all the action and tell you who the brains are behind the ideas.
Special guests lined up for this year’s gathering include Vice President Joe Biden’s wife and lifelong educator, Jill Biden, who is expected to speak about the importance of community colleges. She will discuss how community colleges are preparing students for careers in green technology, health care, teaching and information technology, and will also take questions before her Tuesday session on Twitter with the hashtag #AskDrBiden.
The spotlight will also shine on some of the brightest minds in education, business, tech and government who are working on creative ways to get cutting-edge programs into the classroom.
Powerful “change makers” involved in a leadership organization called EdTechWomen, which has grown into a national community of more than 2,000 members in 11 chapters, will also be celebrated at this year’s events with a video honoring women’s accomplishments in tech.