2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Can Incubators Make Universities Relevant Again?

Saturday, March 12
12:30PM - 1:30PM

JW Marriott
Salon 7
110 E 2nd St


As headlines lament mushrooming student debt and a “higher education bubble,” Google—a choice employer and renowned innovator—says college degrees aren’t necessary for the talent they seek. So why should young people invest in degrees? Is higher education still relevant?

Universities must change to survive, and there is an interesting model that offers ideas for a new way of learning: the academic incubator.

This panel of designers, entrepreneurs, cultural producers and teachers will debate what differentiates the incubators that work from those that fail, and consider whether incubators could indeed save (or transform) higher education.

Hashtags: #sxsw #IncubatorU


Jill Goebel at SXSW

Jill Goebel



Jill Goebel is a Principal and Design Director with Gensler, the architecture and design firm behind incubators including Chicago's 1871, Houston's TMCx and NEW INC, the first museum-led incubator ...

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Julia Kaganskiy at SXSW

Julia Kaganskiy



Julia Kaganskiy is a recognized cultural producer across the art and technology fields. She is currently Director of NEW INC, the first museum-led incubator for art, design and technology conceived...

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Mike McGee at SXSW

Mike McGee


The Starter League

Mike McGee is the co-founder of The Starter League, an in-person school in Chicago that teaches beginners how to build web applications.  Before The Starter League, Mike's greatest claim to fame wa...

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