OpenIR Wins SXSW Award and more
On March 10, SXSW Interactive Director Hugh Forrest hosted the Dewey Winburne Community Service Awards, named for one of the founders of the SXSW Interactive Festival. When he passed away in 1999, at the age of 42, Dewey Winburne had helped the burgeoning Austin tech community start was was then known as "SXSW Multimedia." Every year, SXSW Interactive commemorates Dewey Winburne by giving ten community servants an award in his name. Originally the program was limited to Austin-based people, but now people from as far as Kenya and with projects from as far as--Indonesia!-- participate.

Thanks to Juhee Bae, an OpenIR's team member from Texas, OpenIR had a chance to participate in this year's SXSW. Also thanks to Juhee, DuKode Co-PI Arlene Ducao received a Dewey Winburne Award.

Awardees were given $1000 to donate to a non-profit organization. For all their help on the OpenIR project, we chose to send this donation to Ushahidi. photo-1
Photo by Henry Holtzman.

OpenIR was a Knight News Challenge finalist and has been covered by Wired, Engineering for Change, and recognized by Ushahidi as a "Deployment of the Week." It's been funded by the MIT Public Service Center and the IDEAS Global Challenge, and we just got back from testing it in Indonesia for flooding and deforestation tracking with government, non-profits, and indigenous groups.