Since 2008, Beaconfire has been an integral part of South by Southwest Interactive (SxSWi), but this year we’re really planning to take the uberevent by storm. The Beaconfire team is heading back to Austin next week and we’re quite literally buzzing with excitement about all we have going on for 2012.
In addition to the Beacon (Lounge with a Conscience), returning for its 4th year of helping the SxSWi non profit community relax, rejuvenate, and connect, we’ll have 8 staff members there, are speaking on 5 panels, hosting 4 meetups, and a book reading along with daily breakfast, lunch,and happy hours with killer musicians. So, yeah – there’s a lot happening.
We never forget that the Beacon exists both for our dynamic community of nonprofit professionals, as well as because of it. Even though SxSW is a time to let down your hair, giving back has always been the cornerstone of The Beacon, so this year’s theme was born “Play hard. Do good.” With the help of our amazing partners Convio, Salsa Labs, Coloroado Health Foundation, GoodThreads and PhotoPhilantrophy, we’re going to do just that.
From supporting local organizations through a daily Lunch For a Cause to giving away amazingly cool limited edition T-shirts by Mike Rohde with a donation to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, there are going to be no shortages of ways to give back. While you’re having a blast in Austin, we hope you can also help us make a real difference for real people.
Coming to SxSWi or just want to play along from home? Follow @thebeaconsxsw for updates & special announcements. And make sure to keep your eye on The Beacon Blog, the official site for Beaconfire’s Beacon Lounge.