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SXSW Interactive 2015 Program Guide

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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 tech- nology. 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. In this ceremony, 10 community do-gooders are recognized for their use of digital technology to help others. The Dewey Awards celebrates the spirit of community in Austin that we think is unique to SXSW. Curious about how we selected these honorees? Most were nominated via the SXSW scholarship program. An Austin-based committee reviewed all schol- arship nominees with an eye to the qualities of community, compassion, care, education and positive energy that Dewey brought during his tenure at SXSW. Learn more about the program and our honorees at Karthik Dinakar MIT Media Lab // Cambridge, MA A PhD candidate at MIT, Dinakar works on cyberbullying detection algorithms using natural language processing and statistical machine learning. He has twice been invited to the White House to present his research on computa- tional detection of bullying on social media and the use of probabilistic graphical models to scale crisis helplines. Justin Graves // Washington, DC Graves is an inspirational speaker and blogger, using trans- parent social media to share the adventures he has on this journey of connecting with and serving others on a daily basis. Graves tirelessly uses his unique frame – seated in a wheelchair – and energy to denounce common assump- tions about those with disabilities. Jukay Hsu C4Q // Queens, NY Hsu founded C4Q, which fosters the Queens tech ecosys- tem and increases economic opportunity in the world's most diverse community. C4Q's innovative Access Code program is creating a new pipeline of technical talent that's increasing diversity in the tech industry and raising grad- uate income by 4x. Karen Kocher Living Springs // Austin, TX Kocher works as a media producer at the intersection of film and digital media. Currently, she is developing Living Springs, an interactive documentary about Austin's famed Barton Springs that brings its fascinating story to the public, free-of-charge as website and installation. Brittany Martin AbleThrive // Singapore Martin founded and is executive director of AbleThrive, a support network of crowdsourced tips and advice for people with disabilities to overcome challenges and thrive. After her father was paralyzed in a car accident, Martin saw that learning from others in similar situations helped her family adapt, and she envisioned using technology to replicate this support globally. Rebecca McDonald Library for All // New York, NY In 2010, McDonald and her husband moved to Haiti to help rebuild after the devastating earthquake. She visited schools with fewer than 30 books for hundreds of students. She founded Library For All in 2012, with a vision to create a digital library from the world's collective resources that would be easily accessible to those living in poverty. Libby Powell Radar // London, England Powell founded Radar in 2012. Prior to that, she worked for several years with a humanitarian organization supporting health and advocacy programs in Palestine and the refu- gee camps of Lebanon before retraining as a journalist, winning the Guardian International Development Journal- ism Award in 2010. You can find her online @OnOurRadar. Tembinkosi Qondela Whizz ICT Centre // Cape Town, S Africa Qondela co-founded Whizz ICT Centre, an organization that facilitates the use of information communication tech- nology (ICT) tools for development efforts in Khayelitsha, which is one of the largest and poorest areas of Cape Town, S Africa. To date, Whizz ICT has provided training to over 1,000 youth. Dr. Catalina Rojas Peace & Collaborative Dvlpmt Network // Alexandria, VA Dr. Rojas is Director of Innovation at the Peace and Collab- orative Development Network, one of the largest online communities connecting social change makers to multiply their collective impact. Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, she has over two decades of experience working with civil society organizations in the global South. Dr. Abdullah Saleh ICChange // Edmonton, Canada A General Surgery resident at the University of Alberta, Dr. Saleh is founder and Chief Executive Director of ICChange. ICChange crowdsources talent and unleashes innova- tion in creating new models, technologies and social enterprises, improving the quality of life and security of vulnerable populations . » St. David's Episcopal Church » 301 East 8th Street » Enter on San Jacinto Street » Thursday, March 12; 7:00–9:00pm » Free and open to the Public » Inspiring Speeches » Music by The Altered Five » Appetizers and Beverages Provided » DEWEY WINBURNE AWARDS 2015 DEWEY WINBURNE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS CEREMONY SXSW 2015 Interactive Festival 55 INTERACTIVE EVENTS

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