The Dewey Winburne Community Service Award honors community do-gooders who employ new media tools and strategies to make the world a better place. From 2000 to 2011, all honorees lived in the Central Texas area. Beginning in 2012, we opened the process to recognize national and international community activists.
2014 Dewey Winburne Community Service Honorees
Cape Town, South Africa
Tony Carr is a South African educational technologist based in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, University of Cape Town. Carr applied the core principles that govern the design of the net to build e/merge Africa. This peer network is made of African educational technologists in African higher education institutions that are interested in applying educational technology in their work in Africa. In 2012, the e/merge online conferences brand was extended with the formation of the ongoing e/merge Africa network for educational technology practitioners and researchers across African higher education sector. e/merge Africa was launched in May 2013, at the eLearning Africa conference and has recently started offering online seminars.
St. Louis, MO
Stephanie Downs is an entrepreneur turned social activist. In 1999, she founded MarKomm, a marketing firm that would be the first of four businesses she developed. The success of her agency enabled her to step away from the day-to-day operations to put her knowledge to "good" use. In 2009, Downs co-founded FiXiT a non-profit focused on using creative solutions to bring an end to pet overpopulation, and in 2012 she founded Voolla, an online marketplace that turns volunteered skills into money for charities.
Marie Duffy is an award-winning journalist, mental health activist and blogger from Ireland. She is editor of SpunOut.ie, an independent, youth led Irish charity working to empower young people between the ages of 16 and 25 to create personal and social change. SpunOut.ie give young people relevant, reliable, and non-judgmental information to assist them in making informed decisions. They work with young people and decision makers to ensure a true value is placed on young people's participation in society. Duffy is a passionate mental health activist and has spoken at numerous conferences alongside people like the Dalai Lama, and former UN commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson. She has been nominated for numerous awards including Irish Charity Hero of the Year, Irish Volunteer of the Year, and Young Leader of the Year.
Gwendolyn Floyd is an internationally recognized expert in mobile technology for development. Specializing in solutions design at the intersection of social systems & technology, Gwen leverages her commitment to creating more equitable models of international trade to manage partnerships and international growth at Soko. Taking these passions, Gwen co-founded Soko, Africa's first mobile marketplace, an e-commerce platform that connects mobile-enabled artisans from developing countries directly to web-based consumers. Soko, a women-owned and operated social enterprise, has developed the first online marketplace that enables artisans to post and sell their products online, even if they lack access to a computer or a bank account.
Raymar Hampshire is an advocate for increasing higher education access and affordability. He channels this passion as the co-founder and CEO of SponsorChange, a social enterprise that provides college students and graduates the ability to secure funding to pay down their student loan debt in exchange for skill-based service at non-profits. SponsorChange has been profiled on numerous media outlets such as the CBS Sunday Morning Show, CNN, and BusinessWeek Magazine. Hampshire is an alumnus of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and received his Masters of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
New York, NY
In 2008, Mark Horvath, now known to many as @hardlynormal, set out to film the stories of America's homeless and share them with as many people as possible on InvisiblePeople.tv. Since then, he has become an internationally recognized activist and ambassador for the millions of individuals and families who reside in shelters, motels, tents along the streets and under highway bridges across the country.
Noeline Kirabo is a 30-year-old Ugandan woman who is passionate about transforming the lives of school dropouts by offering alternative education. Kirabo has been involved in addressing issues such as gender-based violence, child abuse, children's rights awareness and sensitization, fostering and adoption as well as planning and coordinating children's leadership development camps and seminars. Kirabo is now director and executive director at Kyusa. Kyusa is committed to providing quality alternative education for school dropouts ages 18–25 years old through the use of free online resources. Kyusa believes that free online education is a means of ensuring that every young person finds a path to their educational goals, in a way that recognizes their strengths and values. The project seeks to provide the best available options to enable each school dropout succeed and be proactive.
George Luc is Co-founder and CEO of GivePulse, a civic marketplace that matches people to causes and enables nonprofits, festivals, runs, companies and groups to manage volunteers & donors, list opportunities, and track engagement along with service hours in one central community. As of this writing, since launching in the summer of 2013, GivePulse has mobilized over 15K volunteers in Austin to contribute 150K verified service hours. Luc is a TEDxAustin speaker, a WhiteHouse Champion for Change, and a firm believer that everyone has the potential to contribute to any community issue and problem. For him, civic hacking is one form of contributing. To deliver social good at a massive scale, let's all HACK ON!
Mexico City, Mexico
Alejandro Maza is Founder and Director of OPI : Open Intelligence, a people centered social enterprise with a mission to revolutionize the way governments and citizens interact. Over the past three years, OPI's team has developed ways to motivate the politically disengaged and the marginalized, and establish permanent "knowledge communities" with retention rates close to 70%. It has successfully attracted tens of thousands of participants in some of Mexico's most conflictive areas, including Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, Acapulco, Morelos and Mexico City.
Los Angeles, CA
Clara Tsao is the founder / CEO of the startup Travel Angel, an online platform that uses the crowd sourcing of airline mileage points to empower social entrepreneurs to travel abroad to launch and scale their social-good initiatives. Previous to this role, Tsao worked in the non-profit industry for 6 years, serving as the CEO and founder of the a 501(c)(3) non-profit Design for a Better Future, which uses social entrepreneurship to tackle sustainability issues in the developing world. Aside from startups, Tsao is very passionate about mobile app development, technology policy, and education. She currently serves the Executive Director of the Congressional App Challenge, a program of US Congress focused on democratizing Computer Science and STEM Education. In her spare time, Tsao enjoys contributing to the Impact and Technology Sections of the Huffington Post and traveling to exotic places around the world.
2013 DEWEY HONOREES
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.
2012 DEWEY HONOREES
As Director of the Web Accessibility Initiative at the World Wide Web Consortium, and a Principle Research Scientist at MIT, Brewer coordinates with industry, disability communities, researchers, and governments on the development of consensus-based solutions to make the web accessible for people with disabilities. WAI standards and guidelines are used by governments and organizations around the world to help ensure equal access to the Information Society.
Laura Deutch is a Philadelphia-based media artist and educator who uses participatory processes to engage communities in expanded documentary production. She is the creator of Messages in Motion, a mobile media studio that provides tools for participants to share personal and social stories about their neighborhood and life experiences. She holds an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University.
New York, NY
Elliot founded Friendfactor in 2009, which works to accelerate change for LGBT rights by engaging more straight supporters through online education and advocacy campaigns. Friendfactor developed a groundbreaking click-to-call technology as part of its campaign for New York marriage equality, which mobilized thousands of people to take action on behalf of their gay friends’ rights. Elliot received his MBA from Harvard Business School, MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, and BA from Stanford University.
New York, NY
Izzy Johnston has over eight years of instructional experience in software and languages and over 13 years of programming experience. Much of her work focuses on education and the creation of tools that allow people to improve their own lives and the lives of those around them. Johnston is a professor of Information Science at Pratt Institute, teaches with Girl Develop It and is involved with Developers for Good.
New York, NY
Jones is the Executive Director of the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), a 30-year-old media arts organization that funds, distributes and produces public interest media for all platforms. She recently launched the Public Media Corps (PMC), a collaborative engagement framework that includes public media stations, producers, schools, libraries and a variety of community-serving institutions as partners.
New York, NY
In March 2011, Manson joined All Hands Volunteers for three weeks in their tsunami relief efforts in the town of Ofunato in Iwate prefecture. There, she discovered thousands of photos in the numerous evacuation centers around the towns. She spent the next six months organizing a world wide network of volunteer retouchers, retouching and restoring these photos, using widely available and mostly free technology and donated equipment. To date, these teams have restored hundreds and hand cleaned well over one hundred thousand photos.
Jose Gomez Marquez
Gomez-Marquez is the program director for the Little Devices Lab @ MIT. He leads a team of multidisciplinary team of scientists to design medical devices for developing countries. Gomez Marquez developed the Aerovax Drug Delivery System, a device for mass delivery of inhalable drugs and vaccines to remote populations and the X out TB program, now known as Adhere.io, which aims to increase tuberculosis therapy adherence in developing countries using novel diagnostics and mobile technology.
In 2008 Molinari created the Fundación Proacceso, a nonprofit organization that uses the educational potential of technology to drive the social and economic development of people living in marginalized communities. In just over two years Proacceso has built 70 educational centers with more than 180,000 users in Mexico. Today the RIA is recognized as an exemplary model for digital inclusion and has been presented at the World Bank, the OECD, TEDx Talks and the World Technology Summit.
San Francisco, CA
Nesbit serves as the CEO of Medic Mobile, a nonprofit company using low-cost, mobile technology to improve healthcare across 15 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Josh also founded Hope Phones, a recycling campaign designed to engage millions of Americans in global health efforts. He is an Ashoka Fellow, PopTech Social Innovation Fellow, Echoing Green Fellow, Rainer Arnhold Fellow, Strauss Scholar, and Haas Public Service Fellow.
Pérez teaches video technology and heads Cougar Productions at Connally High School. He also recently co-founded the Cinema Du Cannes Project (CDCP). The mission of this non-profit organization is educate, empower, develop, and celebrate the next generation of emerging artists to be productive citizens, creative individuals and active participants in shaping our communities in the 21st century through the art of cinematic digital storytelling and digital media production.
DEWEY HONOREES BETWEEN 2000 and 2011
SXSW 2008 Dewey Honorees Maria Morrissey, Diana Prechter, Betty Sue Flowers, Linda Litowsky, Ron Lucey, Lisa Moretti, Heberto Ochoa-Morales, Christian Raymond, Lodis Rhodes, Gene Rodgers, and Glenda Sims
SXSW 2001 Dewey Honorees Ana Cisnette, Karen Krepps, Keith Rutledge, and Rachel Muir
SXSW 2000 Dewey Honorees Dave and Jennifer Evans
SXSW 1999 Dewey Honorees Dorothy Winburne