Dewey Winburne was one of the original co-founders of the SXSW Interactive Festival, but he was many other things in the Austin community: a family man, a teacher, a visionary, a connector and an innovator. He believed that technology could bridge the digital divide and help those less fortunate than others. Although Winburne passed away in 1999, his legacy continues. His life exemplified how one individual can truly make an impact in their community.
The Dewey Awards celebrate the spirit of community in Austin that we think is unique to SXSW. Each spring, ten community do-gooders are recognized for their use of technology to help others. Each honoree will receive a complimentary registration to SXSW, a $1,000 grant to their favorite 501(c)(3) and a chance to spread the word about their work to the SXSW community.
Admission to the ceremony is FREE – you do not need a badge to honor and hear the stories of change makers from all over the world.
The deadline for nominations passed on Friday, August 14. Stay tuned to this space for the 2016 Dewey honorees which will be announced soon.
Get inspired – check out the work of past Dewey Award winners.
Note that this award specifically honors individuals with history of service (professional and / or volunteer), but is not appropriate for nominating organizations or groups of people.