Help Revision Path Get to SXSW 2015

$2,000 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 55 months
Hey there!

Hey. So...who are you?


My name is Maurice Cherry, and I'm the founder and editor-in-chief of Revision Path, a showcase of the world's Black web designers, graphic designers, and web developers. I started the site in February 2013, expanded to a podcast in March 2014, and between podcasts and longform interviews, I've chronicled the journeys of close to 100 Black designers, developers, and creatives all over the globe. This work has also earned me a spot on AIGA's Diversity and Inclusion Task Force , where I help the next generation of Black designers gain opportunities in the industry through starting student groups at HBCUs across the country.

On top of this, I run 28 Days of the Web (a  presentation of various Black designers and developers through the month of February), I teach WordPress through Mediabistro, and I'm a web designer through my company 3eighteen media.

What's this GoFundMe campaign all about?

In July 2014, I submitted two solo presentation proposals for SXSW's 2015 PanelPicker — "Where Are The Black Designers?" for SXSW Interactive and "Diversifying Design Education" for SXSWedu. I actively campaigned for votes during the PanelPicker voting process (August 11, 2014 - September 5, 2014), but when the first round of programming was announced on October 20, 2014, neither of my proposals were chosen.

I thought my chances for speaking at SXSW were gone, but then I got a message from the director of SXSW Interactive, who extended an invitation for me to present "Where Are The Black Designers?" at the 2015 festival. I was ecstatic!

Unfortunately, I don't have the funds to make the trip on such short notice (a little over two months!), so I'm here on GoFundMe to ask for your help to get me (and by proxy, Revision Path) to Austin in March!


What will my pledge go towards?

As of this GoFundMe, I'm estimating at least $2,000 will cover my flight, ground transportation, and lodging costs. Because I will be speaking at the event, my registration will be covered. I will be able to handle any incidental costs (food, insurance, emergency funds) on my own outside of that.

What do you plan to do while you're there?

Aside from speaking at SXSW Interactive, I plan to do several interviews with Black designers and creatives while in Austin! My goal is to connect with MVMT50 to potentially do some interviews, not to mention view some local co-working spaces and design studios. So trust me, I'll be very busy in Austin outside of speaking!

Even if I don't make my goal, any amount that you can spare towards making this a reality would truly be a blessing. Thank you so much for your time and your generous donations! 

Best,
Maurice Cherry
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Quick update! Now that I've got my housing situation settled for SXSW, I'm going to begin work this week on my presentation. Knowing me, I'll keep fine tuning it until it's perfect, but I'm excited to get to work on this and share it with you all.

In the meantime, check out today's interview on Revision Path with Xavier Ruffin. He's a title sequencer, graphic designer, digital artist, web series creator...you name it. It was a great talk and it's Revision Path's 100th interview! Listen to it here: http://revisionpath.com/xavier-ruffin
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Update time!

I spoke earlier this week with Donell Creech, director of MVMT50. He told me about some great people I should follow up with and interview while I'm in Austin, and I learned about the events MVMT has planned for SXSW.

- On Friday, March 13, there will be an opening reception at the Carver Museum for MVMT50. They are also announcing their Top Ten Black Innovators for 2014. It's a free event! More info here: http://mvmt50.com/top-10-black-innovators-of-2014-awards

- There will be a lot of panels in Ballrooms E and F of the Austin Convention Center Friday-Sunday. Some others who are presenting in this track include Kimberly Bryant, Pam Slim, Wayne Sutton, Dr. Mae Jemison, and Lynne d Johnson! (No pressure for me, right?)

- MVMT is having a Diversity Expo on Sunday at the #WEDC house, along with a day party at Crave.

- Saturday and Sunday are for
<div> HACK, MVMT's diversity hackathon sponsored by PayPal. This will take place at Huston-Tillotson University, and they're also looking for mentors: http://mvmt50.com/hack

I also applied for press credentials right before the deadline (today), so fingers crossed on that. I haven't even looked at the full SXSW Interactive schedule yet and there's already tons to do!

I also got in touch with Sara Wachter-Boettcher, editor-in-chief of ALA. I wanted to learn more about their Survey For People Who Make Websites, and she really gave me some great information. I'm waiting to get the greenlight on whether I can fold any of this into my presentation, but it's some great insight nonetheless.
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Just booked the flight! I'm coming into Austin late Friday afternoon (March 13) and leaving to come back to Atlanta around noon on Tuesday (March 17).

I'm still working on securing lodging, but I've got several leads out there and I'm scouring Airbnb for a good deal. I'm waiting for a big offline donation to come in, so that's why I haven't locked down a place to stay yet. (I mean, I'd like to *not* sleep on a floor somewhere if I can help it.)

I'm also beginning to outline the presentation and have done some outreach to the folks at A List Apart about their"Survey For People Who Make Websites" survey. The findings from their survey are often used to point to the diversity numbers in the design industry, so I'm talking with them about what they've learned from the survey, why they don't do it anymore, etc.

I'm also having a phone meeting with Donell Creech of MVMT 50 this week, and I'm interviewing Ebun Olaloye and Kristy Tillman for the March 9 and March 16 episodes of the podcast, respectively.

Speaking of podcast episodes, this week I talked to Joe Blau, a software engineer at Amazon. http://revisionpath.com/joe-blau

Next week is Revision Path's 100th interview! (It's episode 66 of the podcast, but there are also 34 longform interviews I've done that are on the website too.) I'm talking with Xavier Ruffin, creator of Mad Black Men. That was a really good interview -- can't wait for you all to hear it.

That's my update for now! I'll have another update soon as I continue outlining the presentation!
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WE DID IT!! Revision Path is going to be at SXSW 2015! Thank you again to everyone who donated to the campaign; I promise I will not let you down.

First order of business is to get a plane ticket and find a room! I don't know how many rooms are still available this close to the event (if any), but if any of you have a hookup or a connection, I would definitely appreciate that!

Next week, I'll start drafting out the presentation and pulling everything together. I'm so excited that this is actually happening!

(By the way, people can still contribute to the campaign! I'm going to leave it up so you all can get updates.)
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Go Maurice!!!

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Keep doing what you're doing.

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