Pando PR Tips No. 33

SXSW EDU, T&L, ISTE, EdScoop, ETD, WES, FastCo Innovation Award, FETC, extras

SXSW Edu 2024 Panelpicker - I would really appreciate it if you could vote for sessions we have submitted for SXSW EDU. Community votes are critical. It takes just a few minutes. THIS Sunday, August 20, is the last day for voting. If you send me your sessions, I will happily return the favor!

  • "Rebirth of the Essay Post ChatGPT" - Vote here.
  • "Mission-Driven Founders Explain Their Success & Share Tips" - Vote here.
  • "Insider TechTalk: Open Chat About AI Writing Detection" - Vote here.
  • "Original Thought in the Age of AI: How to Foster & Teach It" - Vote here.
  • "Cheating Reported as Top Concern of Faculty – What to Do?" - Vote here.

Tech & Learning 2023: Back to School Awards - Closes Aug 23
Nominate ​ products that offer schools versatile and valued solutions. Winning products are showcased in a special edition of Tech & Learning distributed to 70,000 leaders and ​ administrators. Entries are $595 and there are discounts for multiple entries. ​

ISTE 2024 - Will open for submissions in late August
If you are interested in submitting for a speaking spot for ISTE 2024 (Denver), the call for submissions will open in a few weeks.

EdScoop 50 Awards - Submission deadline August 25
The EdScoop 50 awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of the top leaders in Higher Ed. ​ Four categories: HE Executive of the Year, University Technology of the Year, Industry Leader of the Year, and Innovation of the Year. The achievement must have occurred from July 2022 to the close of entry.

District Administration and FETC recognize Best in Ed Tech 2024 - Open until Sept. 1
DA Mag showcases new education tech innovation that breaks new ground in the education tech market. Top 20 featured in the magazine and on the DA website. Categories for startups, midsize, and mature companies are available. Entry fee is $99.

Forbes 30 under 30 - Submissions are due Sept. 1 for North America
Forbes 30 under 30 is open now with 20 different categories. Nominees must be 29 or younger by December 31, 2023. 

Fast Company - Most Innovative Companies - Early rate deadline ends August 25
​If your company is changing the world of business through innovation then consider submitting for Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies awards. Pay now and edit until the final deadline of October 6.

Edtech Digest Awards - Entries due Oct. 13
The largest education technology recognition program is open for entries. Nominate tools, leaders, and trendsetters in K-12, higher education, skills and workforce sectors. Regular entry is due September 29 ($249 per entry), and the late entry by October 13 ($299 per entry). Pay now and edit until the final deadline.

FETC Pitchfest - Applications close Oct. 15
FETC Pitchfest is for edtech startups seeking market exposure and validation, investment, customers, and strategic partnerships to showcase their products and services at FETC 2024 (Orlando). Open to early-stage startups. $95 to apply. ​

2023 Digital Education Awards - Submissions close Nov 17
Entries for 16 different categories including STEAM Learning Product of the Year, Digital Classroom Aid of the Year, and Digital Education Team of the Year. Winners announced via live stream in December. Cost is 299 GBP.

World Education Summit - Speaking submissions close Nov 24
World Education Summit (WES) is virtual (in March). Selected sessions must be pre-recorded. WES 2023 had 30,000+ registrants from 87 countries. Eight different categories including Cool Schools, Keynotes, Podcast Corner, and Research Bites.

Upcoming News and Social Pegs:

  • National College Colors Day - Sept 1, 2023
  • International Literacy Day - Sept 8, 2023
  • National Coding Week - Sept 14 - 20, 2023
  • Hispanic Heritage Month - September 15 - October 15, 2023


Thoughts about Generative AI - We do not use generative AI for writing completed by the Pando team, but are experimenting with it for ideation. Personally, I find generative AI to be an exciting technological development, but so far it has not proven to be helpful — to me — in a meaningful way. It's fun, but not yet helpful. Public relations is an art combining great writing with strategic thinking and extensive networking. Generative AI is too general and it simply cannot get into our heads. I'm always interested to hear how you might be using it, though. If you care to share your tips on productivity, feel free to send me a note at

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