Join us for the 2013 Dewey Winburne Community Service Awards Ceremony at SXSW Interactive:
When: Sunday, March 10 at 7:00 pm
Where: Bethel Hall, St. David's Episcopal Church, 301 E 8th St, 78701
Who: FREE to all – no SXSW badge required to attend this event
Dewey Winburne served as one of the original co-founders of the SXSW Interactive Festival. A teacher who spent much of his energy training at-risk youth to make use of digital technology, Dewey believed that the new media revolution could help level the playing field between the haves and the have-nots in our society.
Although Dewey passed away in 1999, his legacy continues via the lives of the many digital creatives he touched. Each spring, SXSW Interactive honors his vision with the Dewey Winburne Community Service Award. This award celebrates the spirit of community in Austin that we think is unique to SXSW.
Nominations this year were open to dedicated community organizers from across the United States and around the world. Community is the heart of everything that we do at the SXSW Interactive Festival. To this end, we are very proud that so many community do-gooders and leaders from the non-profit world congregate in Austin each March for the event. Recognizing the best of the best of these community do-gooders and leaders from the non-profit world is the basis for the annual Dewey Winburne Community Service Award.
Posted below are the 10 honorees for this award for 2013. Several of these honorees came to our attention via the SXSW Interactive Scholarship Program. Please join us on the evening of Sunday, March 10 for a special ceremony for these Dewey Award honorees. The ceremony on Sunday, March 10, 2013 is free and open to the public (a SXSW badge is not required to attend). Stay tuned to this website for more details on location.
Bhat co-founded Health for America, a fellowship targeted at transforming the health of communities across the US through innovation and design. A visionary leader, she has worked with multi-sectoral organizations to maximize the impact of their investments. An alumnus of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship, Bhat received the Power 30 under 30 award and in recognition of her leadership, was selected for the Stars Symposium for Leaders of the Next Generation, the Atlantik-Brucke Young Leaders Program and the Sandbox Network of young leaders.
New York, NY
Ducao leads OpenIR (Open Infrared), a software project mapping the ecological features and risks revealed by infrared satellite data. An Ida Green Fellow in the MIT Media Lab's Information Ecology group, Ducao is also a co-founder and principal of The DuKode Studio in Brooklyn. A Filipino-American, Ducao seeks ways to improve environmental services in South and Southeast Asia.
San Francisco, CA
An entrepreneur, innovator and fervent advocate for educational equity, Faustino launched One Degree in 2011 to ensure that all families have access to services they need to overcome poverty. He is an Echoing Green Fellow and Education Pioneers Fellow; was a site director at BUILD, a college access nonprofit organization; and received his B.S. in Business Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California.
New York, NY
Gurkoff is the founder of Charity Miles, a free iPhone/Android app that enables people to earn money for charity by walking, running or biking. He also helped found Team Fox, the grassroots fundraising arm of The Michael J. Fox Foundation which has raised over $20 million for Parkinson's research. Gurkoff has personally run more than 35 marathons and six Ironman triathlons to raise money and awareness for Parkinson's research in honor of his grandfather who has the disease.
Lagoudi is a digital engagement worker for museums. She earned hardcore museum experience working for London's National Gallery and Tate developing outreach projects for diverse communities. Since the crisis hit Greece, she returned to experience Armageddon at ground zero. Can social technology activism, grassroots innovation and linked open heritage help soften the blow? While still trying to figure this out in Athens, she works three jobs and is falling in love with the inspired use of technology everywhere.
Oriko has a passion for using digital technology to respond to real world challenges and opportunities, and to effect positive social change. This view has led him to his current position as the Founder and Executive Director of the Kuyu Project, a digital literacy initiative aimed at teaching African youth how to fully utilize social media and other digital tools to effect social change in their communities. Simeon is also a Fellow of the Code4Kenya pilot program, in which he will work with a host organization in assessing their technological capacity to create a suitably sustainable application or service.
A blogger, interfaith activist and technology professional, Quraishi works full time managing the web presence for Mobile Loaves & Fishes in Austin. This non-profit organization lifts the chronically homeless off the streets providing them with affordable housing and micro-enterprise opportunities. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Texas Impact, an organization that lobbies the Texas State Legislature on behalf of faith communities, and on the Advisory Board for the Muslim Youth of North America Austin Chapter. Last year, Amanda launched a smartphone app called 365muslim to promote interfaith dialogue and understanding of America's Muslim community.
Sawyer is a community leader in the use of videogames beyond entertainment. In 2002, after producing one of the first major foundation funded games (Virtual U) he teamed up with Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to co-found The Serious Games Initiative. The Initiative was a critical grassroots organizing force helping give birth to the Serious Games Summit conferences, Games for Change, and The Games for Health Project, which Sawyer operates today after its founding in 2004.
A Distinguished Engineer, Master Inventor, and CTO of Accessibility for IBM software, Schwerdtfeger leads overall accessibility strategy and architecture for the company's Software Group. At IBM, he provided the leadership that created an unprecedented IT industry effort to develop solutions in an open source, non-proprietary collaboration that is facilitating equal information access for millions of people with disabilities around the world.
For a list of past year's honorees, check out the Dewey Winburne Awards archive.