Jan. 8, 2013
today announced that
will deliver the closing keynote address at the 2013 SXSWedu Conference.
Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will address the foundation's U.S. education work, which focuses primarily on ensuring all students are prepared for success in college and career. The keynote will take place
10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013
in Ballroom D of the
Convention Center in
' name is already synonymous with technology innovation and philanthropy and, driven by the work of the Gates Foundation, education is clearly a personal priority," said
, executive producer of SXSWedu. "Gates' background as a global business executive and leading philanthropist gives him a unique vantage point into education, one we know will be eagerly received by SXSWedu attendees."
Education has been a core pillar of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation since its inception. Gates has been a vocal champion of using innovative technologies to widen access to quality education across K-12 and higher education.
Gates succeeds an impressive list of 2012 keynote speakers who provided distinct perspectives from across the education ecosystem - U.S. Secretary of Education
, Pearson CEO
, and longtime host of
to attend SXSWedu today and join us
March 4-7, 2013
. Discounted registration rates are available through
. Attending journalists are invited to
for press credentials.
Now in its third year, the SXSWedu Conference and Festival has quickly emerged as a catalyst for change in education. Education stakeholders and practitioners of all backgrounds– including teachers, administrators, university professors, business and policy leaders – converge at SXSWedu to connect, collaborate, create and change how we teach and learn.
Join education's most energetic and innovative leaders at SXSWedu 2013,
March 4-7, 2013
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