<span class="caption"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/news/image/NikhilGoya_slide_show_PhillipAngert.jpg" width="480" height="260" alt="SXSWedu Distinguished Speakers" title="SXSWedu Distinguished Speakers" class="image-large" />Student and Author, Nikhil Goyal, announced as a SXSWedu 2013 [Distinguished Speaker](http://www.sxswedu.com/schedule/distinguished-speakers).</span> Yesterday SXSWedu announced the first round of accepted [Concurrent Sessions](http://www.sxswedu.com/schedule/sessions) and [Distinguished Speakers](http://www.sxswedu.com/schedule/distinguished-speakers) selected to present March 4-7, 2013 in Austin, Texas. Nearly 70 sessions were selected from over 700 submitted proposals via PanelPicker. Visit the [Concurrent Sessions](http://www.sxswedu.com/schedule/sessions) page to see the full list of accepted sessions and panelists, organized by category. #Upcoming SXSWedu Deadlines <span class="caption left"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/news/image/120307_SXSW01_EDU_041_JC.jpg" width="220" height="133" alt="LAUNCHedu" title="LAUNCHedu" class="image-medium" />Photo by Josette Chen</span>**LAUNCHedu [Application](https://educart.sxsw.com/products/show?product_code=launchapp) Deadline - November 9** Promising education startups seeking a major event to put their company in the spotlight are invited to [apply](https://educart.sxsw.com/products/show?product_code=launchapp) to LAUNCHedu, occurring during SXSWedu March 4-7, 2013. Visit the online application for a full list of eligibility requirements. **Discount Registration Deadline - November 9** Take advantage of the early [registration discount rate](https://cart.sxsw.com/products/show?product_code=reg-edu) and save 40% on the price of your SXSWedu badge. Early registrants also receive the best hotel options available in Austin. #Distinguished Speakers **Jaime Casap** Senior Education Evangelist, Google, Inc. **Sara DeWitt** Vice President, PBS KIDS Interactive <span class="caption right"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/news/image/Sara_DeWitt.jpg" width="146" height="220" alt="Sara DeWitt" title="Sara DeWitt" class="image-medium" />*Sara DeWitt, PBS <br />KIDS Interactive*</span> **Dale Dougherty** Founding Editor and Publisher, *MAKE* Magazine **Nikhil Goyal** Student and Author **Alan November** Senior Partner & Founder, November Learning **Darline Robles** Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California **Jim Shelton** Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education Visit the [Distinguished Speaker page](http://www.sxswedu.com/schedule/distinguished-speakers) to read the bios and learn more about these speakers. Stay tuned as more spotlight speakers are announced leading up to the event. SXSWedu welcomes the many members of the education ecosystem, from all backgrounds- including teachers, administrators, university professors, business and policy leaders March 4-7, 2013 in Austin, Texas to converge at SXSWedu. Help drive the conversation that's quickly emerging as a catalyst for change in education. Visit [sxswedu.com](http://www.sxswedu.com/) to learn more.