GoodxGlobal Spotlights Global Social Good in Austin

Published February 25, 2013

Non-Profits, Social Entrepreneurs and Start-ups To Explore Role of Technology in Solving Local and Global Issues

New York, NY –  On Sunday, March 10, 2013, GoodxGlobal will host a first-ever day of events at SXSW Interactive dedicated to the local and global power of technology for social good. Hosted at Austin’s City Hall, the inaugural GoodxGlobal will convene local and international nonprofits, social entrepreneurs and startups for a day of programming, while also supporting expanded representation from Africa and other developing regions.

Presented by the World Food Program USA, Social Good Summit Austin, United Nations Foundation and global non-profit tech company Ushahidi, GoodxGlobal will explore how both domestically and internationally, digitally and physically, innovations in technology are transforming the face of communication, funding and ultimately, the human condition. The event is made possible by partners Edelman and Constant Contact, with additional support from sponsors Water For People, EffectiveUI, ONE Campaign, DAI, GOOD, Lifeway Foods and Partnership for a New American Economy.

"The Social Good Summit partners are honored to work with the Austin community and our NGO friends, around the perimeter of SXSW '13, to further the conversation on 21st century solutions to global development." Aaron Sherinian, Vice President for Communications & Public Relations, United Nations Foundation.

From efforts to solve global challenges like access to food, health, education and clean water, to local Austin organizations creating global impact, GoodxGlobal will showcase tech-driven approaches to aid effectiveness, mobile innovation, women's empowerment, global North-South digital campaigning, social entrepreneurship in action, impact funding for good and more. For registration and program information visit and join the conversation on Twitter: @GoodxGlobal.

“We’re thrilled to come together at GoodxGlobal and explore new ways for tech to power our response to global emergencies and solving global hunger,” said Meighan Stone, Vice President for Communications and Special Projects, World Food Program USA.

"Fundamentally inventors create technology to solve problems,” said Nathaniel Manning, Director of Strategy for Ushahidi. “It’s thrilling to bring together innovators from all over the globe to Austin to focus on fixing some of the world's biggest problems."

GoodxGlobal is in collaboration with The Social Good Summit (a partnership between The United Nations Foundation, Mashable, 92nd Street Y, the United Nations Development Programme and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Sunshine Sachs, Women Online, Core Media and Social Good TV.

"We welcome our fellow innovators and social entrepreneurs to Austin and look forward to seeing the connections and real change that local social good can create globally,” said Social Good Summit Austin’s Ruben Cantu.


GoodxGlobal will be a day of tightly programmed discussions, talks, breakouts and “office hours” speed mentoring at the City of Austin’s beautiful, LEED Gold certified City Hall, five blocks from the Austin Convention Center. Held from 11AM-6:30PM CT, the forum will create an opportunity to engage, learn and connect in Austin while also reaching a global audience through an online live-stream. To learn more about the partners, please visit: World Food Program USA, Social Good Summit Austin, United Nations Foundation and Ushahidi.