2014 Highlights from the SXSW Interactive Staff: Tammy Lynn Gilmore

Written by Hugh Forrest | April 7, 2014

Read Tammy Lynn Gilmore’s highlights of the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival

Reading, processing and cataloguing all the media accounts of the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival will continue for a few more weeks. Until this process is completed, we offer perspectives on the event from various staff members from the SXSW Interactive team. Today’s highlights come from Tammy Lynn Gilmore, who overseas many of the social good initiatives at SXSW Interactive, including the non-profit scholarship program and the Dewey Awards.

Most important trend from SXSW Interactive 2014: I felt that every good talk I saw or conversation I had was centered on how to make the world a better place. Not just, how can I make my mark and how can I make a ton of money, but how can I achieve the goals I want and leave the world better than I found it?

Most inspiring speaker (or session) from SXSW Interactive 2014: Rosario Dawson in conversation with Alex Wagner speaking about how to effectively engage millennials. Dawson is a lifelong activist and not only walks the walk, but she's also incredibly inspirational. I saw her light a spark in a few young Latino/as in the audience who asked her questions right in front of my eyes. 

Most creative speaker (or session) from SXSW Interactive 2014: Emad Tatouh and Tim Buesing are amazingly creative, total package, online campaign masters. When the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy nonprofit, Save Our Sons, needed help drawing attention to their petition, they built a petition-signing robot arm. More importantly, though, they told the story of 19 year-old Jacob Lancaster to humanize this debilitating disease. Watch the video here.

Most innovative speaker (or session) from SXSW Interactive 2014: Some of the most innovative ideas I saw this year came from our group of ten Dewey Awards honorees. From paying down student debt with nonprofit work to building a platform to share airline mileage with social entrepreneurs, this group had some of the most innovative ideas I saw at SXSW 2014.

Thing that surprised you most about SXSW Interactive 2014: I cried several times a day this year, but it was mostly because I was so touched or inspired. Tears of joy, instead of frustration or anxiety, took me by surprise many times, but I just rolled with it and it actually felt great.

Favorite place to hang out at SXSW Interactive 2014: The Social Good Hub at Wanderlust and Bungalow was amazing on Monday. Both had an active, engaged audiences and were beautiful uses of the spaces:

Favorite Trade Show exhibitor at SXSW Interactive 2014: Had to be Chicago Made. They were laser cutting personalized bottle openers and Rahm Emanuel was hanging out there

Most touching moment from SXSW Interactive 2014: I loved the SXeve Launch Party. Eve was my boss and mentor at SXSW who passed away in October, but it was also just a really great gathering that she would have loved.

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