–> Who: Hugh Forrest, director of the SXSW Interactive Festival…
–> What: …explains the importance of tonight’s Dewey Awards Ceremony.
–> How: Attend the Dewey Awards Ceremony tonight at 7pm at St. David’s or join the Dewey Award recipients at the 3:30pm and 5pm MeetUps.
Wandering the halls of the 2012 SXSW Interactive Festival, editor-in-chief Scott Henderson sought out people and ideas with the potential of shifting how the world works. Armed with a microphone and a few questions, he spent time with Hugh Forrest, director of the interactive festival, yesterday to learn more about the Dewey Awards and today’s programs celebrating this year’s winners.
Today, you can meet the ten 2012 Dewey Award recipients at back-to-back MeetUps, 3:30pm and 5pm, at the Austin Convention Center Room 8A, and then you can join the 7pm public celebration being held at St. David’s in downtown Austin.
Each spring, SXSW Interactive honors his vision with the Dewey Winburne Community Service Award. This award celebrates the spirit of community in Austin that we think is unique to SXSW.
Dewey Winburne served as one of the original co-founders of the SXSW Interactive Festival. A teacher who spent much of his energy training at-risk youth to make use of digital technology, 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. Each spring, SXSW Interactive honors his vision with the Dewey Winburne Community Service Award. This award celebrates the spirit of community in Austin that we think is unique to SXSW.
An important change for the 2012 Dewey Winburne Community Service Award is that honorees are no longer restricted to the Central Texas region. To this end, the list of 10 honorees for this year include one international representative (Mexico).
Join us at 7:00 pm TONIGHT at St. Davids Church (301 East 8th St) to honor these 10 outstanding community activists! Admission to the Dewey Ceremony does NOT require a badge — so feel free to bring your friends who have not registered for SXSW yet! Free food, plus great Austin music from Mother Falcon!