For years, SXSW has been a strong creative institution attracting the most innovative ideas in media and beyond. This year marks the tenth anniversary of SXSW EDU, a subsidiary of the conference focusing on the improvement and development of teaching and learning practices nationwide. SXSW EDU invites some of the brightest minds in education to propose presentations, panels, workshops, and more for the conference through its unique system, SXSW PanelPicker. Community members vote for their favorite proposals on the PanelPicker website, directly influencing the conference’s lineup. 

This year, FableVision is teaming up with MIT Education Arcade, MIT Playful Journey Lab, and Filament Games to propose a panel on game-based learning and assessment, featuring experts in design and development for educational technology. Now we need your help to bring our session  “The Future is Now: Games as Assessment” to SXSW EDU 2020!!

Voting began last week and continues through August 23. Use your voice to vote to bring us to Austin!

Voting Process

  1. Make An Account: Sign up on SXSW PanelPicker 

  2. Browse the Submissions

  3. Cast Your Vote: Community Voting is from August 5-23

The Future is Now: Games as Assessment

Looking to develop your skills in educational game design? Join us to learn how industry experts create games that focus on future-facing skills and promote strategies for meaningful learning that are transferable to the real world. We’ll take a look at five unique games developed by FableVision Studios, MIT Education Arcade, and Filament Games and examine best practices for accountable assessment and skill-building. Click here to read more about our session.


  • Peter Stidwill, Executive Producer at FableVision Studios. Since studying at Cambridge University, Stidwill has had over 15 successful years managing the design and development of educational games/projects for some of the most prominent names in the industry. He has taken the lead on several award-winning productions for the BBC, Learning Games Network, and more and presented at numerous events on educational technology and gaming. At FableVision, Stidwill leads the company’s production efforts, working hard to manage and execute multiple projects with a consistent level of quality, care, and attention to detail.

  • Louisa Rosenheck, Associate Director of MIT Playful Journey Lab and researcher of educational technology at MIT Education Arcade. Rosenheck has expertise in developing learning games for a diverse audience, including under-resourced communities and international learners.

  • Dan White, CEO of Filament Games. Filament Games has completed over 160 education-focused projects. White has extensive experience creating games for learning.