Press About the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival: Cara Willis Covers Social Good

Written by Hugh Forrest | Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014

Read the recap of SXSW Interactive 2014 from Cara Willis

Thousands of representatives from electronic and traditional media outlets descend on Austin every spring to report on all the creativity, innovation and inspiration that happens at the SXSW Interactive Festival. Other content about the event is published via personal and company blog posts.

One of our favorite recap essays comes from Cara Willis, who was one of the 10 honorees for the 2014 Dewey Winburne Community Service Award. Willis shared her reflections on the event via the “Opportunity Nation” blog:

SXSW Interactive is remarkably committed to promoting social good, and honors their co-founder, Dewey Winburne, by recognizing 10 “digital do-gooders” each year. Social good programming was scheduled throughout the entire festival, including sessions with Participant Media,, the IF Hummingbird Foundation, the Case Foundation and more.

The biggest takeaway for me was continuing to drive home Opportunity Nation’s mission of breaking down silos and encouraging more cross-sector collaboration to expand opportunity for students and young adults. The majority of attendees at SXSW were representatives and leaders of national employers who – as Interactive Director Hugh Forrest said – overwhelmingly respond on SXSW surveys that they want to learn more about social good and their impact.

Want to be part of SXSW Interactive in Austin next spring? Then mark your calendar for March 13-17, 2015 — and don’t forget to purchase your badge in early August when the registration process begins.

Or, get a taste of the event much sooner by attending SXSW V2V, which occurs July 13-16 in Las Vegas.