A teacher and one of the original co-founders of the SXSW Interactive Festival, Dewey Winburne worked to train 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 Awards. During the ceremony, 10 community do-gooders are recognized for their use of digital technology to help others. The Dewey Awards celebrate the spirit of community in Austin that we think is unique to SXSW. Remember that admission to the Dewey Awards is FREE – you do not need to have a SXSW badge to help honor these amazing leaders from across the United States and around the world.
Curious about how we select these honorees? Most are nominated via the SXSW scholarship program. An Austin-based committee reviews all scholarship nominees with an eye to the qualities of community, compassion, care, education and positive energy that Dewey brought to his tenure at SXSW.