The New School @ SXSW 2022

The New School
3 min readMar 3, 2022


After last year’s fully virtual celebration, #SXSW is back IRL in Austin, Texas. The annual innovation festival will take place from Friday, March 11, 2022, through Sunday, March 20, 2022, and features numerous New School community members in its lineup.

We’ll have a team on the ground sharing a behind-the-scenes look at the week’s events, so be sure to follow @thenewschool on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok for day-to-day coverage.


Quantum Computing for Design and Social Good

Thursday, March 17, 2:30pm (CT)
This year, the university’s main SXSW event will be the panel Quantum Computing for Design and Social Good, where you can hear how The New School and Parsons School of Design partnered with IBM to integrate emerging quantum computing technology into the creative arts, applying it to purposes of social good.

We are also happy to highlight seven additional SXSW 2022 talks, panels, and sessions that will feature the university’s faculty and alumni:

The State of XR in Education: Trends & Insights

Tuesday, March 8, 2:30pm (CT); part of SXSW EDU
The New School’s Maya Georgieva will also host a talk discussing the trends that will have the most significant impact on the future of learning and work.

Featured Session: Designing Consciousness

Friday, March 11, 11:30am (CT)
The world we live in has been designed, but by whom? For whom? Join Dario Calmese, Professor at Parsons, as he helps answers these questions and discusses what it means to design for liberation.

LGBTQ+ Rights and Politics

Saturday, March 12, 2:30pm (CT)
From 2015 to 2022, we’ve seen LGBTQ rights take center stage in Texas politics with an onslaught of anti-LGBTQ measures. Join CEO at Equality Texas Ricardo Martinez (MS Nonprofit Management ’09) as he joins a panel of LGBTQ political organizations and advocates to break down the current response to LGBTQ rights in the state.

Battling Inequity with the Power of Gaming Tech

Saturday, March 12, 2:30pm (CT)
The stories that shape our world the most are the ones we hear the least — those told by underrepresented voices. Giving rise to the voices from these communities can help tackle inequality through understanding that spurs action. Join Haus of Dust artist Gabriel Torres (BS Media Studies ’21 and MA Media Studies ’22) and other creators who are using gaming technologies to fight inequity.

Redefining the Mainstream: Indie Games in 2022 & Beyond

Monday, March 14, 2:30pm (CT)
Join Lead Producer at E-Line Media Carolina Torres (MFA Design & Technology ’08) for a discussion on the ever-changing notion of “indie.” This panel celebrates the impact innovating gamemakers have made to the mainstream and covers the opportunities and challenges for independent gamemakers, why they do what they do, and how the panelists imagine where the indie scene will go in the years to come.

Convenient Fantasies About Climate Change

Wednesday, March 16, 4:00pm (CT)
Join Founder and President of Carbon Better Tri Minh Vo (MFA Industrial Design ’20) for a conversation between leaders in energy, sustainability, & private equity as they share their insider perspectives on the words and concepts that may not be moving us forward.

Mentor Session: Josh Rabinowitz (Brooklyn Music Experience)

Thursday, March 17, 4pm (CT)
Media Studies faculty Josh Rabinowitz is the Founder of Brooklyn Music Experience and has produced over 10K tracks for brands, cinema, recording labels and television. Advance sign-up for his mentor session is required, click the link above for more information.

Mentor Session: Nihal Pimpale (Moonraft Innovation Labs)

Timing TBA
Nihal Pimpale is the Chief Design Officer at Moonraft Innovation Labs and is currently a studying in Parsons’ Design Leadership for Business certificate program. Advance sign-up for his mentor session is required, click the link above for more information.

Are you a New School alumni or friend of the university and going to be at SXSW this year? Let us know by tagging or messaging us on social media using @thenewschool. We hope you join us at our Alumni Reception for New School Alumni & Friends on March 17, 2022, from 6–8pm at Hilton Hotel.



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