Bill Gates to deliver closing keynote address at 2013 SXSWedu Conference

   Bill Gates to deliver closing keynote address at 2013 SXSWedu Conference

PR Newswire

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 8, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --SXSWedu Conference today announced
that Bill Gates will deliver the closing keynote address at the 2013 SXSWedu

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 Austin
Convention Center in Austin, Texas.

"Bill Gates' 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 Ron Reed, 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

Gates succeeds an impressive list of 2012 keynote speakers who provided
distinct perspectives from across the education ecosystem - U.S. Secretary of
Education Arne Duncan, Pearson CEO Marjorie Scardino, and longtime host of
Reading Rainbow, LeVar Burton.

Register to attend SXSWedu today and join us March 4-7, 2013. Discounted
registration rates are available through January 11. Attending journalists are
invited to apply for press credentials.

About SXSWedu
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 in Austin, Texas. For more details, visit

Kelly Krause
SXSWedu Press & Publicity

Catherine  Greenlaw
Vice President


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