A teacher and one of the original co-founders of the SXSW Interactive Festival, Dewey Winburne worked to train 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 Awards. In this ceremony, 10 community do-gooders are recognized for their use of digital technology to level the playing field between the haves and the have nots.
The award has been offered based on the basis of the Kyusa model that empowers school dropouts to build professional careers through the use of free online resources.
The award not only offers Kyusa a great networking opportunity but also broadcasts what we are doing to potential partners and donors for future reference.
The awarding ceremony will be held in Austin, Texas in March 2013 at the Austin Conventional Center. This is a major step in the right direction for Kyusa as an organisation.
To know more about the awards you can follow the link: http://sxsw.com/interactive/awards/dewey
By: Noeline Kirabo