PCDN’s Dr. Catalina Rojas Awarded Prestigious SXSW Dewey Award

December 8, 2014
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Dr. Catalina Rojas, Director of Innovation for the Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN), has been awarded SXSW Interactive’s Dewey Winburne Community Service Award for her use of digital technology to help people around the globe.

“Dr. Rojas’ personal drive to create a better world for others was what attracted us to her inspiring list of achievements,” said Tammy Lynn Gilmore, SXSW Interactive’s Nonprofit Evangelist. “The Dewey Winburne Community Service Awards committee was very impressed by Dr. Rojas’ entire body of work, especially her work with women-focused non-governmental and community-based organizations. Her work for peace within her home country [Colombia] was also something we considered very important.”

PCDN, based in Washington, DC’s 1776 start-up incubator, has become one of the world’s largest online communities connecting social changemakers, and it multiplies their collective impact. The network connects more than 33,000 people and organizations and enables them to gain deeper knowledge through the sharing of best practices, research, funding, training opportunities and over 2,000 jobs a year. Over 100,000 people visit PCDN each month from every corner of the world.

“Catalina is devoted to empowering change agents with the tools, resources and connections they need to foster sustainable positive change,” said Dr. Craig Zelizer, Founder and CEO of PCDN. “Her invaluable work in advocacy builds bridges among people, and she’s a great collaborator in our new educational projects.”

SXSW Interactive will honor Dr. Rojas and the other international winners at the Dewey Winburne Community Service Awards ceremony in Austin, Texas on March 12, 2015. Each year, SXSW Interactive selects 10 community leaders who embody the spirit of Dewey Winburne, a teacher and one of the original co-founders of SXSW who worked to train at-risk youth to make use of digital technology.

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