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FutureLearn Chief Exec selected to speak at SXSWedu

FutureLearn is delighted to announce that our CEO, Simon Nelson has been selected to speak at this year’s SXSWedu. The conference takes place from 6th to 9th of March in Austin, Texas and Simon will be speaking on the first day.

Simon will be delivering a Future20 session where he will discuss the topic of how Higher Education needs to ‘go digital or go home’. His talk will look at how the education sector is undergoing a huge transformation at the moment, driven by market and political conditions as well as the changing attitudes of consumers, and the changing needs of employers. His session will culminate in a discussion around the role that EdTech can play in overcoming these new strategic challenges.

Simon’s session takes place at 5.30pm on March 6th in Room 15 of the Austin Convention Center.

FutureLearn recently announced its first US university partners to join the platform. The five key education institutions include American University, Colorado State University, Penn State University, Purdue University and UVA Darden School of Business who will all be running courses throughout 2017.

Notes to Editors

For media attending the conference who would like to interview Simon about this latest announcement while he is in the US, please email our senior comms manager who can help facilitate this.

About FutureLearn

“Pioneering the best social learning experiences for everyone anywhere”

Founded by The Open University in 2012, FutureLearn is a social learning platform, designed to support learning through conversation. It offers 5.6 million learners free online courses from world-leading UK and international universities, centres of research excellence and specialist education providers like the British Council, Creative Skillset and European Space Agency. FutureLearn is an international platform with over 75% of its users based outside of the UK.

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 annual four-day event affords registrants open access to engaging sessions, immersive workshops, interactive learning experiences, film screenings, early-stage startups, business opportunities and networking. Through collaboration, creativity and social action, SXSWedu empowers its global community to Connect. Discover. Impact. SXSWedu is a component of the South by Southwest® family of conferences and festivals. Join the passionate and innovative community at SXSWedu, March 6-9, 2017 in Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit

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