How 10 Leaders Use Technology for Good
Innovative efforts to use technology to improve health care, curb climate change, and help the poor take center stage when thousands of business, media, and nonprofit experts converge in Austin, Tex., for the annual SXSW Interactive Festival March 8-12, 2013.
To emphasize the importance of using technology to further the greater good, conference organizers have named 10 people to receive the annual Dewey Winburne Community Service Award, named after a teacher who showed children from tough backgrounds how to put digital technology tools to work.
Here's a look at how the winners are carrying on in his spirit.
Documenting Art and Life Stories in Greece
Elena Lagoudi left her job in London to return to Greece during the financial crisis because she wanted to find ways to develop tools to protect cultural treasures.
Using Public Data to Study and Solve Environmental Problems
Arlene Ducao is using infrared technology to understand the causes of natural disasters in Indonesia, research she hopes will help people in that region adapt to climate change.
An App to Make
Every Mile Matter
As founder of Charity Miles, Gene Gurkoff created an application for mobile phones that helps people raise money for charity when they walk, run, or bike.
Using Education to Fight Poverty and Unlock Opportunities
Rey Faustino's nonprofit, One Degree, built an extensive online database of organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area that provide emergency food, legal services, health care, and early-childhood education, among other services.
Encouraging Entrepreneurs to Improve Health Care
Madhura Bhat started Health for America to encourage young entrepreneurs to figure out better ways to use technology to solve health problems.
Using Video Games to Solve Serious Problems
Ben Sawyer works to create games to improve education, health care, national defense, and corporate management.
Teaching Kenya’s Youths About Technology
Simeon Oriko teaches digital literacy and also works on projects to make it easier for Kenyans to find schools and health care and to monitor crime trends and election issues.
Fighting Homeless and Poverty With Social Media
In her work at an Austin, Tex., nonprofit, Amanda Quraishi embeds herself with the homeless people her charity serves and chronicles the experience.
Finding Ways to Help People With Disabilities Get Information Online
As chief technology officer of accessibility at IBM Software, Rich Schwerdtfeger works to make it possible for people who can't see or hear to use the Internet.
Helping Teens Get Tech Skills
Elizabeth Davidson and Maurya Couvares, the co-founders of Scripted, train people with technology skills to volunteer to teach computer-programming skills to high-school students in Harlem.