Social innovation conversations were buzzing in Austin, TX, last month at one of the United States’ premier cross-disciplinary and multi-sector convening of diverse leaders, creatives, and technologists: SXSW EDU and SXSW. The Echoing Green community, including Fellows, staff, and ecosystem partners, spoke at events throughout the two-week conference, bringing insights on design, access to capital for innovators, tech for good, civic inclusion, and more to the stages.
At SXSW EDU, Shante’ Elliott ’20 talked about how technology can fill the gap for the four hundred thousand children in foster care in the U.S. Heejae Lim ’15 convened diverse perspectives to discuss launching and managing an ed-tech startup. And on opening day of SXSW, Jehiel Oliver ’15 expressed the transformative impact of a $5 million investment from Heifer International on his social enterprise, Hello Tractor. Kathryn Finney ’16 hit the main stage to discuss her storied career, followed by a signing for her book Build the Damn Thing. Additional attendees from the Echoing Green ecosystem shared insights throughout the event, including Felecia Hatcher ’17, D’Seante Parks ’22, Tony Weaver, Jr. ’16, Damon Packwood ’16, Laurin Leonard ’18, Chelsey Roebuck ’13, Derick Pearson ’17, and Brandi Mack, representing Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, co-founded by Deanna Van Buren ’16.
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