#Digital4Good 2019 at Facebook
Students and industry come together to celebrate student voice and digital leadership in social media.
(San Francisco, CA – January 7, 2019) – On Monday, September 16, 2019, Facebook will host the third annual #Digital4Good event at their Menlo Park headquarters and it will be live streamed to a global audience. #Digital4Good will be a major gathering of highly-engaged students, industry, and educators that are focused on empowering positive tech and media use--digital for good. This exciting event will celebrate student voice and digital leadership, featuring a fast-paced mix of presentations, panels, videos, and the first ever #Digital4Good awards. Unlike typical youth recognition, the #Digital4Good awards are nominated by students for students.
#Digital4Good is being spearheaded by #ICANHELP, a non-profit organization committed to empowering students to play an active role in improving the online and offline communities. The event on September 16th is meant to raise awareness of the power of student voice for social good in social media. Co-founder Kim Karr explains that, “#ICANHELP has worked with thousands of students to be the digital change they want to see. This is an unprecedented opportunity to honor students, showcase the power of student voice and empower even more students to be a positive influence online.”
Currently, #ICANHELP is seeking nominations for the 2019 #Digital4Good awards. 2018 winner Malorie Mournazian was part of a delegation from Tracy, CA that was recognized for their work to raise awareness around sex trafficking. Said Bournazian, “In September I had the most life changing experience of attending and presenting at the #Digital4Good conference held at Google. This conference changed everything for me. ” Co-founder Matt Soeth adds, “Our goal is to recognize and grow awareness of the great work students and schools are doing, as well as show that there is so much good happening in social media and bring it to light. The focus is always too much on the negative, and we have some amazing youth out there making a difference. We want students to inspire students to be digital leaders.”
The form to nominate students for the first annual #Digital4Good awards can be found at: http://bit.ly/ichd4g19. Nominations are open from today through January 31, 2019.
By bringing together a broad range of students, educators, and industry people, the #Digital4Good event on September 16 represents a student-centered, student-led approach to solving some of the complicated issues and social problems in social tech use - students as part of the solution not the problem!
More information can be found at icanhelpdeletenegativity.org.