It was both an honor and a surprise.
When I was notified by Mr. Hugh Forrest that I had been nominated for the Dewey Winburne Community Service Award, it was surprising. When I was named as the 2010 Dewey Award winner, I was humbled...
And a bit bothered.
The Dewey Award is traditionally given to individuals and having come to understand a bit more about the man, Dewey Winburne, I fully appreciate the recognition and the reason behind it.
Who should be recognized for an effort? The person who conceived the idea or the people who carry that idea to fruition?
By my poor attempt to Gimp in the text on the award, I think you know what I think...
And I'm here to acknowledge it.
Since 2005, members of The Linux Community have supported The HeliOS Project. Selflessly and with huge amounts of personal sweat and substantial contribution, you people have helped us place just short of 1100 computers to the kids that need them most.
You have helped us
Not only did many of you aid us in one way or another to build and support the Bruno Knaapen Technology Learning Center...you've moved us to form, facilitate and maintain two computer repair/building labs for kids this summer. One will be held here in Austin and the other will be held in Hutto Texas, a small town just a few miles outside of Austin.
So aside of my limited photo editing skills, I want to put this award in your hands. Yeah, I've got the original...the physical award. I am deeply honored by the award but.there is a deeper significance than what is engraved upon it.
The physical manifestation of this award is secondary to what you've allowed us to do.
And I thank you.
Each and every one of you.
If you would like to see some of the pictures taken at the awards ceremony, they are included below. Many thanks to Lori Luza of As You Wish Photography . She has kindly licensed the photos for our non profit use and we appreciate it.
The Air/Knowbility and Dewey Awards drew a crowd of over 200. Buffet was supplied and many stayed to party long after the awards were presented.
Issac Winburne addresses the crowd. Issac is the son of Dewey Winburne and is a member of the group Mother Falcon. These people are great. They do tour extensively and have played venues such as Austin City Limits.
Hugh Forrest, Event Director for SXSW Interactive warms up the crowd prior to the ceremony. Hugh has put his life into the Interactive portion of SXSW and having attended the event, I can't say enough about his energy and talent.
Here are the nominees for the Dewey Award. It was a humbling experience to even be recognized in this group of people. Take a look at the folks who have contributed so much to the Austin Community and see what they've done.
Ken accepts the Dewey Award in the name of The Linux and Free Software Community. Dorothy Gilbertson-Winburne presents the award and the microphone to Ken. Dorothy is pictured further in the loving tribute to Dewey Winburne.