2019 #Digital4Good Recap
The digital positivity event of the year, #Digital4Good, reached thousands of youth, educators, nonprofit organizations and leaders through the Digital4Good.net live-stream along with a packed room of students, teachers, community leaders and industry influencers on September 16th. Nine young award-winners shared their stories of how they used digital tools for good and tips for their peers. #ICANHELP hosted the event, which was held at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters and streamed to a worldwide audience through Facebook’s Education page.
Well Being Trust
The day-long event kicked off with a “power-hour,” where nine award winners and several industry leaders gave short presentations on their efforts and journeys in becoming positive social influencers. During the power-hour, we announced our existing partnership with the Well Being Trust. Well Being Trust, part of Providence St. Joseph Health, is a nonprofit organization that works to advance an individual's mental, social and spiritual health. We also introduced the digital tool kit in the works for students. The tool kit will include a variety of resources, lessons, and support topics around mental health and digital wellness.
Event Highlights and Winners
Nine of the twelve student winners shared their stories on using social media and modern technology to make an impact on the world. These efforts ranged from pairing groups of friends together to prevent teen suicide (Gabby Frost, Buddy Project) to a nonprofit focused on helping first responders assist quickly with natural disasters. (ShreeyaArora, Tracking Our Heroes).
Gabrielle Frost, Buddy Project
Talent at the event included inspirational speaker, Shane Feldman, and March For Our Lives activist, Tyah Roberts. The two did a phenomenal job emceeing and helped the event run smoothly. Special guests also included comedian and Instagram influencer Adam Weheed (@AdamW), #ICANHELP Founders Kim Karr and Matt Soeth, “Ten Feet Tall” author and speaker Brandon Farbstein, and a special video from MLB All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge.
“The event couldn’t have gone better,” says #ICANHELP Co-Founder Matt Soeth. “We would like to thank our award-winners, attendees, streamers, partners, and sponsors for making #Digital4Good possible.”
If you missed the Livestream of the event, you can watch the power-hour portion of #Digital4Good here on the #ICANHELP Facebook page.
Keep a lookout for write-ups on each of our nine award-winners and their causes.