Encast Panel Named to Roster of Events at SXSW 2017

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“Shut Up and Do Something” to Examine Social Good Motivations

The 2017 SXSW (South by Southwest) Interactive Committee has
picked a panel developed by Austin startup Encast (http://encast.co/) to examine the gap between intentions and actions in creating social good. Entitled, “Shut Up and Do Something,” the discussion hopes to understand how ideas turn into charitable causes or cultural trends while others never go beyond conceptualization.    

“There is something that distinguishes that person who can go from having an idea in the moment that they then turn into a movement,” said Encast CEO and co-founder Leo Ramirez, who will moderate the panel. “Our goal is to help people understand how this happens, and show them it’s possible for all of us to be involved in caring about and improving our communities and the world.”

Panelists for “Shut Up and Do Something” include Rachel Parent, a Canadian high school student who founded Kids Right to Know when she was 11 years old to demand information on food ingredients, Danny Pintauro, former “Who’s the Boss?” actor and ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, and Doniece Sandoval, who’s non-profit, Lava Mae in San Francisco, provides mobile shower services for the homeless.

“Lava Mae is honored to be part of the vital conversations at SXSW, and excited to share the story of our mobile hygiene service and Pop-Up Care Village program,” said Sandoval. “We hope others who share our belief that hygiene is a basic human right will be inspired to support Lava Mae's efforts to bring humanity, innovation, and collaboration to the way services are provided to those experiencing homelessness.”

SXSW Interactive received thousands of proposals for panels from attendees and business leaders, which has increased the diversity of topics and is expected to broaden the reach of the event.

“The interesting and exciting part of picking panels is getting an external view of what interests our community,” said Hugh Forrest, SXSW Chief of Programming. “They give all of us an insight into what’s important in the economy and our culture. We are seeing increasing interest and trends on everything from social good to China, the future of TV, diversity, and transportation. These conversations give SXSW Interactive a chance to have an impact and reach well beyond our gathering each year in Austin.”

SXSW Conference and Festivals will run from Mar. 10-19 in Austin.

About: Encast makes charitable giving a lifestyle through services, which connect companies and individuals to the causes they love. Our Giving as a Service (GaaS™) delivers the HERO platform, which offers 1.5 million causes, intelligent recommendations, impact assessments, tax records, and money management for engaged philanthropists of all ages.

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