Interview with SXSW Scholarship Winner Esra'a Al Shafei

Written by Tammy Lynn Gilmore | Monday, Nov 4, 2013

Esra'a Al Shafei is one of the leaders at

One of the opportunities for people doing great things in the world is the SXSW Interactive Scholarship Program. We were thrilled to announce our five winners in September and now we would like to tell you a bit more about their work. In that spirit, we gave the short version of our Proust-esque questionnaire to Esra'a Al Shafei of  

What person inspires you?
There is no single person who inspires me but rather a series of events and individuals who pass through my life and make a huge impact.

What is the first website you check in the morning?

What do you hope to accomplish in your work for good in 2014?
There's a lot we have planned for our series of projects in 2014. For, we're planning on making all the information in it (extensive timelines, infographics, media feeds) embeddable on other sites. For, we will drastically improve our apps and to help connect underground bands with regional event organizers for live performances. For, we hope to launch in more languages and create a video series to better communicate the plight of migrant workers throughout the Middle East. For, we'd love to improve the way young LGBT youth receive and give support in our communities, and to launch the platform in other regions.

What sessions are you most looking forward to attending at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival?
"Open Source" Foreign Policy in the Digital Age
Why Nonprofits (Should) Love Data Journalism

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