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Project Literacy at SXSW


In the next decade, we will reach a point in time where devices and machines powered by AI and voice recognition software will surpass the literacy levels of 758 million adults..

Project Literacy has partnered with Professor Brendan O’Connor, University of Massachusetts, on a research paper that highlights the gulf between technological and human advancement, because while our technology is constantly improving, we are leaving generations behind as illiteracy is passed down from generation to generation.

We want to bridge the gap between technology and literacy and make the world a brighter, more literate place.

We’re taking our campaign to the SXSW Interactive Festival where we will unveil our 2017
"Give your Word" campaign. 

Join us for a number of unique events and experiences, and find out how you can give your word to help. 


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The Project Literacy Spelling Bee

We’re putting an analog twist on a digital festival by hosting the first-ever Project Literacy Spelling Bee at SXSW. Donate to play, and see if you’ve got what it takes to be crowned the SXSW Spelling Bee champ.

Sunday March 12

Time: 5pm CDT

Techspace - 35 Brazos Street,
Austin, Texas

For a limited time, Project Literacy's founding partner Pearson will be matching all donations made online and at SXSW, so your donations will help twice as much.


The Project Literacy Booth

Swing by our booth and learn more about our new “Give Your Word” campaign. Read some of the inspiring stories about real adults learning to read and write; talk with a Project Literacy rep to find out how you can get involved; and add your words of encouragement on our ‘Wall of Support’.

Date: March 11 - 13

Saturday March 11th
[9:00am – 6:00pm]
Sunday March 12th
[11:00am – 6:00pm]
Monday March 13th
[9:00am – 6:00pm].

JW Marriott - 110 E 2nd St,
Austin, Texas


Breaking the Cycle of Illiteracy Event

There are 758 million illiterate adults in the world today, yet there are over 1 billion smart devices that know how to read and write. Join our distinguished speaker panel as they discuss how technology could be leaving one in ten people on this planet behind. Following this, hear from a brave adult about their personal experience with literacy and enjoy the premiere of our ‘First Words’ film.

Date: Monday March 13
Time: 11:30am CDT
Location: Techspace - 45 Brazos Street, Austin, Texas


Tech x Literacy

Technology creates a huge opportunity to bring literacy to people all over the world.

We asked a few newly literate adults - people that have been courageous enough to improve their literacy skills later in life - what it means for them to be able to make the most of everyday technology the rest of us take for granted.


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*Until March 16 all donations will be matched dollar for dollar by Pearson up to a total of $25,000.