Urban Alliance at SXSW and SXSW EDU

Urban Alliance is at SXSW EDU and SXSW, where we’re bringing a frequently overlooked barrier to student success to a national stage: digital inequities. We will also lead a discussion on how partnership innovation leads to long-term impact. 


Tuesday, March 7, 2023, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm CT, Austin, Texas

SXSW EDU – Creating Unique Partnerships to Uplift Communities  

Partnerships are key to creating measurable positive outcomes for young people and exponentially increasing impact for communities. Beyond the classroom, work-based paid internships, on-the-job mentoring, hands-on skills training, and professional development can lead to economic mobility. This panel of experts will share how they are building public, private and nonprofit sector partnerships to provide young adults equitable opportunities to earn a living wage, and make lifelong connections. 


Abiodun Durojaye, Ed.D, Executive Director, Urban Alliance Chicago  

Michael Akin, President, LINK Strategic Partners  

Bertina Ceccarelli, CEO, NPower 

Michael Strautmanis, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Obama Foundation 

Wednesday, March 15, 2023, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm CT, Austin, Texas

SXSW – Digital Equity for the Next Gen 

It’s time to challenge the assumption that all young people are “digital natives” and “good at tech” and see the reality. When we think about connecting the next gen workforce with technology, there is a disconnect. The digital divide still exists, especially among young people of color, and it was magnified even more during the pandemic. Many lack access to home internet, the devices they need, and digital skills training. How can we increase digital equity so those being left behind can be plugged into future work opportunities? These leaders will share strategic and holistic approaches that work to expand opportunities and build a more diverse and tech-trained future workforce. 


Seema Sabnani, Chief Program Officer, Urban Alliance 

Joe Paul, CEO, ByteBack  

Angela SieferExecutive Director, National Digital Inclusion Alliance