The SXSW Interactive scholarship program recognizes individuals from all sectors and from anywhere in the world who are using new media to push the boundaries of tackling community problems. Non profit leaders, grassroots organizers, individual citizens, and civic-minded entrepreneurs are all eligible. We focus on people whose work (whether it's a job, a hobby or volunteer) helps people through technology. For this scholarship, we sought undiscovered creative talents who can use the springboard of SXSW Interactive to make connections in the tech sector. The following listing of community heroes will be recognized for their good work at SXSW in March in Austin.
Juhee Bae is a double major at MIT in Civil Engineering and Urban Studies and Planning. She works as an Associate Researcher with The DuKode Studio, on the OpenIR project. She hopes that her work will allow OpenIR's reach to spread as far as possible.
Andrew Considine is the co-founder of Willstream – an online payments platform that enables migrants to invest in their home country – in their family, themselves and the local economy. A keen understanding of technology, based on years of experience of building solutions and networks across Africa, the Middle East and Europe coupled with an in-depth knowledge of consumer and digital marketing, business development and sales help Andrew to drive the consumer facing end of Willstream. Originally from Australia – Andrew has worked and lived everywhere but… spending formative experience years in far flung places like Laos, Thailand, Gabon, South Africa, Dubai, Spain, the UK, USA and Ireland. He is currently based in Ireland - building Willstream, regularly speaking at startup and technology events and supporting young and upcoming startups in the region.
Arlene Ducao leads OpenIR (Open Infrared), a software project mapping the ecological features and risks revealed by infrared satellite data. She is an Ida Green Fellow in the MIT Media Lab’s Information Ecology group and a Co-Founder and Principal of The DuKode Studio in Brooklyn. A Filipino-American, Arlene seeks ways to improve environmental services in South and Southeast Asia.
Rey Faustino is an entrepreneur, innovator and fervent advocate for educational equity. Rey launched One Degree in 2011 to ensure that all families have access to services they need to overcome poverty. Previously Rey was the site director at BUILD, a college access nonprofit organization, where he designed and deployed business incubators and led the staff to propel low-income minority youth attain a college education. He volunteers throughout the US with College Summit, where he facilitates motivational college access workshops for low-income students, and in the Philippines with the largest poverty-fighting NGO, Gawad Kalinga. Rey is an Echoing Green Fellow and Education Pioneers Fellow, received his B.S. in Business Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California, and earned his Master in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Libby Lenkinski, incoming Field Director for Western US of the New Israel Fund (NIF), recently moved back to the United States after 7 years living in Tel Aviv. Libby has worked for the past 3 years as Director of International Relations at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), the leading human rights organization in Israel. Prior to joining ACRI, she worked as a strategy consultant to human rights and social change organizations in Israel and Palestine. She has led audience engagement efforts for The Law in These Parts, consults +972 Magazine and Just Vision, and is a board member of Comet-ME, an NGO providing renewable energy to off-the-grid Palestinian villages in the West Bank.
Karla Monterroso is the director of talent for Health Leads, a national nonprofit focused on changing health care delivery, where she is helping the organization scale its people operations. Previously, she assisted in the scaling of the volunteer engagement arm of College Summit from 300 volunteers to 3,000 volunteers. Karla earned a BA in Journalism from the University of Southern California.
Victoria Ohaeri is a human rights lawyer, development researcher, freelance writer and community engagement specialist with extensive practical experience in law, development and human rights. She is the executive director of Spaces for Change, an non-governmental organization that leverages technology, crowd sourcing concepts and web-based communication tools to conduct researches, promote public awareness, and facilitate citizen engagement in the policy, legislative and institutional processes of the oil, natural resource, security, housing and power sectors in Nigeria. Ms. Ohaeri serves on various committees and working groups of national, regional and international bodies and associations.
Noam Sheizaf, Co-founder and Editor in Chief, +972 Magazine, was born in Ramat Gan, Israel. He served 4.5 years in the IDF, then graduated from Tel Aviv university with a degree in French and Political Science. He has worked on Ynet.co.il and on Maariv daily paper, where his latest position was deputy editor of the weekend Magazine, and wrote for various publications in Israel and abroad (Haaretz, Yedioth Ahronoth, The Nation, The Forward and more).