Steelcase Education Leads Real-Time Survey at 2015 SXSWedu

Leader in learning space design sponsors conference, surveys attendees on the best spaces for thinking and learning

Grand Rapids, MI, March 9, 2015 — Steelcase Education, the revolutionary leader in learning space design, is a 2015 sponsor of SXSWedu. During the four-day conference, Steelcase Education will survey attendees to find out where participants do their best thinking, what they think are the most intellectually stimulating spaces and the spaces that most effectively fuel student learning. Survey results will be displayed in real-time outside of the SXSWedu Playground so participants can compare their answers.

“At Steelcase we are always looking for opportunities to learn from and share best practices with the pioneers in education,” explained Sean Corcorran, General Manager for Steelcase Education. “We know SXSWedu is the leading venue on the future of education, and hope that SXSWedu participants see the critical role that environments play in learning.”

As part of its sponsorship, Steelcase will also develop active learning environments in the SXSWedu Playground. A casual hands-on learning space, The Playground is back for a second year to SXSWedu and will feature Steelcase Education’s state-of-the-art active learning furniture, including Node and Buoy seating and Verb tables.

Designed to fuel innovation through discovery, The Playground highlights pursuits in maker, STEM, gaming, virtual learning, accessibility and arts integration. Attendees visiting The Playground will have the opportunity to participate in facilitated instructional exercises and attend stage presentations by leading educators.

Established in 2011, SXSWedu has grown from a regional event celebrating Texas education to an internationally acclaimed platform for innovative action in the future of teaching and learning.

Steelcase Education

As lifelong learners, Steelcase Education aims to make a difference in education. For students, educators and designers, the organization creates the most effective, rewarding and inspiring learning spaces. As a dedicated group within Steelcase exclusively focused on education, it brings evidence-based design, technology and innovative solutions to education environments, wherever learning happens.

About SXSWedu

The SXSWedu Conference & Festival fosters innovation in learning by hosting a diverse and energetic community of stakeholders across a variety of backgrounds in education. The four-day event affords registrants open access to engaging sessions, interactive workshops, hands on learning experiences, film screenings, early stage startups and a host of networking opportunities. By providing a platform for collaboration, SXSWedu works to promote creativity and social change.

SXSWedu is a component of the South by Southwest family of conference and festivals that includes SXSW Music, Film and Interactive; SXSW Eco and SXSW V2V. Internationally recognized as the convergence gathering for the creative arts, SXSWedu extends SXSW’s support for the art of engagement beyond musicians, filmmakers and new media innovators to include society’s true rock stars: educators. Join the passionate and innovative community at SXSWedu, March 9-12, 2015 in Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit:


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