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Partners in Purpose: My Special Aflac Duck is Helping Kids With Cancer

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On average, children with cancer will spend 1,000 days undergoing treatment. Knowing this can be a scary and difficult time for young patients, Aflac partnered with Sproutel to develop "My Special Aflac Duck." The duck is designed to be a comfort and help children share their emotions. The robotic companion recently earned SXSW's People Choice Award in the Robotics & Hardware category in addition to previous accolades from TIME Magazine and Engadget. 

From Government Innovation to Emerging Technologies, Booz Allen’s Top 5 Takeaways from SXSW

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Every year, more than 40,000 artists, innovators, and entrepreneurs gather at SXSW to explore what’s next. For Booz Allen’s team on the ground, one promising theme at SXSW 2019 was the future of government. 

Highlights follow from Booz Allen’s top five SXSW takeaways.

Technology companies must serve the public. 

“RI Tech and Innovation Report”— Big Win at SXSW by Sproutel, Slater and More

by Rebecca Keister, Tech Contributor, Go Local Prov
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The people have spoken.

Not only did Sproutel take home the top award in the Robotics and Hardware category at the 22nd annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards Presented by KPMG, but the company—along with their co-creators—also took home the people’s choice award for the My Special Aflac Duck, a “comforting companion” for children with cancer.

Booz Allen and SXTXState: Innovation Highlights from SXSW 2019

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The SXSW Festival was founded 12 years ago for innovators and entrepreneurs to explore the convergence of film, music, and technology. But recently, the festival that introduced the world to Twitter and Meerkat has pivoted toward a higher calling: How can the world’s biggest changemakers advance technology for public purpose?

My Special Aflac Duck™ Wins Big at SXSW

Innovative robotic duck takes top honors in the People’s Choice and the Robotics and Hardware categories at premier conference Celebrating the convergence of the interactive, film and music industries
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COLUMBUS, Ga., March 12, 2019 /3BL Media/ – Taking home yet another major award for technology, innovation and corporate responsibility, Aflac today announced the My Special Aflac Duck, an innovative robotic duck that helps children cope with cancer, is the winner of this year’s top Award at SXSW in the Robotics and Hardware category. The prestigious SXSW award is added to a growing list of awards, which includes Engaget’s Best in Show Award at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show and Time Magazine’s recognition as one of the 50 Best inventions for 2018.

Reflections From South by Southwest (SXSW) EDU 2019

Written by Scott Heimlich, Vice President, Amgen Foundation
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Day 1 (March 4, 2019)

First off, a thank you to the Lemelson Foundation for inviting me to speak at their session tomorrow on A New Paradigm for Tomorrow’s Workforce. I look forward to joining my fellow panelists from Lemelson, the Digital Harbor Foundation, McKay High School, and MIT to discuss this important issue. 

Responding Disruptively to a Most Profound Disruption: Working to Help Childhood Cancer Survivors

By Murdo Gordon, Chief Commercial Officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb
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To say that childhood cancer is profoundly disruptive doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of the impact the disease has on young patients and their families. The diagnosis changes everything in an instant. Then there is treatment, which often separates a young girl or boy from family and friends; from school; and from the life one knew or the life not yet really begun.

Fighting Hunger and Supporting the UN Global Goals at SXSW

By Oonagh Puglisi, Director, Corporate Responsibility at Pfizer Inc. and Executive Director of the Pfizer Foundation
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When most people think of South by Southwest (SXSW), they might picture the latest high-tech gadgets, or a popular band playing at a sold-out concert.

For Pfizer Inc. and Rise Against Hunger, however, the annual music, film and technology festival in Austin, Texas, also served as something else: an opportunity to fight global hunger and support progress toward our shared goal of a more prosperous future.

Companies Taking a Stand for STEM Education at SXSW EDU

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In early March, educators, administrators, decision-makers and corporate representatives descended upon Austin, Texas for the eight annual SXSW EDU conference to discuss the current state of education, uncover gaps in the system and identify opportunities to solve some of its most pressing challenges.

What Purpose-Driven Leaders Can Learn from SXSW

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This week, individuals, executives and world figureheads convened in Austin for SXSW Interactive – a mammoth event where leaders shared ideas, solutions, innovations and a positive outlook for the future.

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