The Beacon Lounge will brighten SxSW interactive in 2013

As many in the NPtech world may already know, Beaconfire created The Beacon: Lounge with a Conscience at South by Southwest Interactive in 2009. Since then, The Beacon has become an essential home-away-from-home for all the cause-focused do-gooding Geekerati at SxSW who want to network, share ideas about the role of technology in our sector, or just grab a beer and catch their breath.

To celebrate our 5th anniversary, we just redesigned our website to make it easier to learn about The Beacon, sign up for event updates or explore photos & videos from past years. Over the next two months, check back to see daily schedules, new blog posts from our incredible sponsors, and our expanding Pintrest board with inspiration to get you psyched for SxSW 2013. You can follow us @beaconfire for the most up to date news as well.

Our media partner, Groupon Grassroots, just launched a Blog series called “PhilanthroTech: Making a Difference in a Digital World” which will also get the juices flowing leading up to the opening of The Beacon Lounge on March 8th in Austin. Over the next 9 weeks, don’t miss all the great insight from blog contributors like Amy Sample Ward of NTEN, Robert Rosenthal of VolunteerMatch, Danielle Brigida of The National Wildlife Federation, Wendy Harman of The Red Cross, Carie Lewis of The Humane Society, David Neff, among other “Change-Ineers”. Keep up with the conversation with using the #philanthrotech hashtag.

Special thanks to our sponsors, without whom we couldn’t do what we do: Salsa Labs, Colorado Health Foundation, Blackbaud, NTEN,, VolunteerMatch, Small World Labs, and

Remember: if you want to get your good on, there’s no better place for it than The Beacon: Lounge with a Conscience. We can’t wait to see you all in March!

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