<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](http://www.sxswedu.com/keynotes) SXSWedu 2013*</span> SXSWedu is thrilled to announce [Bill Gates](http://sxswedu.com/conference/keynotes) will deliver the closing keynote address at the [SXSWedu Conference & Festival](http://www.sxswedu.com/) 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](http://sxswedu.com/schedule/socials) events will be joined by several new forums for [networking](http://sxswedu.com/festival/networking) as well as a [makerspace](http://sxswedu.com/festival/maker-space) and [film screenings](http://sxswedu.com/festival/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](http://www.sxswedu.com/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](https://cart.sxsw.com/products/show?product_code=reg-edu) to attend SXSWedu to see them publicly pitch their startup's education business concepts and products. Visit [sxswedu.com](http://www.sxswedu.com/) to register for SXSWedu, March 4-7, 2013 in Austin, Texas. Sign up to receive the [*SXSWedu Newsletter*](http://www.sxswedu.com/newsletter) for all the latest updates.