Bill Gates to Keynote SXSWedu 2013

Written by Jessica MacCall | Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013
<span class="caption"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/news/image/14_Bill_Gates.jpg" width="480" height="260" alt="" class="image-large" />*Bill Gates to [Keynote]( SXSWedu 2013*</span> SXSWedu is thrilled to announce [Bill Gates]( will deliver the closing keynote address at the [SXSWedu Conference & Festival]( Thursday, March 7 in Austin, Texas. 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. As a reflection of the innovative SXSWedu community, the four-day event has expanded to include a number of exciting festival components for 2013 registrants. The returning [social]( events will be joined by several new forums for [networking]( as well as a [makerspace]( and [film screenings]( <span class="caption right"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/news/image/DSC_8771.jpg" width="220" height="164" alt="" class="image-medium" />*Photo by Virgil McCullough*</span> The [LAUNCHedu finalists]( have been selected and were recently announced. These companies will compete for top honor this March. Learn more about these promising entrepreneurs and [register]( to attend SXSWedu to see them publicly pitch their startup's education business concepts and products. Visit []( to register for SXSWedu, March 4-7, 2013 in Austin, Texas. Sign up to receive the [*SXSWedu Newsletter*]( for all the latest updates.