SXSW EDU Learn by Design $50

March 4-7, 2019
Austin, TX

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The SXSW EDU Learn by Design competition celebrates the collaboration of designers and educators in the pursuit of design-based solutions to challenges within education.

Learn by Design will showcase projects focused on the design of physical learning environments and the potential they have to improve learning outcomes. Apply here by Friday, November 9, 2018 to share your innovative design solutions to everyday education challenges at SXSW EDU, March 4-7, 2019 in Austin, TX.

Eligibility Requirements

Learn by Design is open to projects and design solutions that enhance physical learning environments for students at every age. Qualified projects will be considered in the following areas including, but not limited to learning spaces in support of early learning, K-12, higher education, and informal learning (museums, libraries, community spaces, etc.). Please note that both designers and educators are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

To view the application click the “Apply Now” button at the bottom of the page. Please note there is a fee associated with this application, but you will not be asked to commit to purchasing until you have completed the application and are ready to submit.

Once you begin the Learn by Design application you can save and continue your work as you go until you decide to submit your completed application, which you can do at a later time up until the application deadline.

Please note if invited to present your project in March, we highly recommend bringing both a designer and educator to showcase your project together.

Finalists will be selected with the help of the Learn by Design Advisory Committee and invited to present at SXSW EDU, March 4-7, 2019.

Judging Criteria

A panel of judges will decide the winner at the event in March based on the following criteria:

  • Innovative: How original is this project or idea?
  • Accessible: Is this a design that could be used by a diverse group of learners?
  • Effective: How impactful and efficient is this design in an educational space?
  • Practical: Is this design feasible within a learning space? Would it detract or improve current pedagogical environments?
  • Impact: What is the potential of this project to improve learning outcomes

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Please note there is a $50 application fee to apply.