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SXSW EDU is Called Off. But the Sessions and Parties Are Still Happening.

Less than two hours after organizers called off SXSW EDU, Vaught connected with Elizabeth Hubing, who runs the Iowa Edtech Collaborative, about finding a way to connect with others who were going to be in town. That evening, they formed an ad hoc Slack group called “EdUnconference.”

Separately, around the same time, Carl Hooker, a former educator-turned-consultant based in Austin, was on his way downtown to meet with friends at a bar, Idle Hands. They were all bummed out at the news—“especially the service workers, the bartenders and waiters, who depend on this event for a lot of their income.”

So he pitched the bar owners on a wild idea: Would you be willing to host an informal event in lieu of SXSW EDU?

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