Ten Incredible SXSW Community Honorees
On Thursday, SXSW announced the ten Community Service Award honorees for the 2017 event. While they come from across the United States and around the world, these honorees share one common trait — they are all using some aspect of technology in a unique way to radically improve the lives around them in the separate areas in which they reside.
The Community Service Award launched in March 2000 as a way to honor the late Dewey Winburne, who was one of the co-founders of the event then known as SXSW Multimedia. A teacher by trade, he strongly believed that technology could be a tool to help level the playing field between the haves and the have nots. In the 15+ years since the inaugural edition of this award, we’ve used this platform to honor the outstanding works and accomplishments of more than 100 amazing individuals.
For 2017, the ceremony for these Community Service Award honorees occurs on the evening of Monday, March 13. Stay tuned to the SXSW website for more specifics on location, start time, musical entertainment and other relevant details. As is traditional for this event, admission is FREE — you do not need to have a SXSW badge to be part of this incredible evening!
Said more emphatically, this March 13 ceremony is one of the can’t-miss events for SXSW 2017. All ten of the honorees will be at the ceremony and they will tell their stories about what they do, why they do it and who benefits from their work. Hearing them talk about their vision of community is a very powerful experience. Be there and you’ll leave inspired to do better.
Hugh Forrest tries to write four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts generally cover technology-related trends. When not attempting to wordsmith, he serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW in Austin.