As we enter a new year, education is a topic that continues to resonate well beyond the classroom into the core aspects of daily life, from home and family to the halls of politics and the corporate world. Since launching SXSW EDU several years ago with the aspiration to become the world’s largest and most inclusive learning festival in the world, it’s been exciting to see the event grow and evolve. As past speakers including philanthropist Bill Gates and Teacher’s College, Columbia University professor Christopher Emdin both observed from the keynote stage, the growth of the event is a direct...

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Ron Reed is the founder of SXSW EDU and director of emerging events for SXSW. Reed has been involved in educational publishing and technology throughout his long career. The experience led him to launch the SXSW EDU Conference & Festival in 2011 and it quickly emerged as one of the world’s leading education events.