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CRS Staffer Wins SXSW Interactive Scholarship

October 2, 2013 by

A woman signs her information form on an smart phone at a CRS seed fair in Kaga Bandoro, Central African Republic. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) piloted a barcode beneficiary tracking system, designed by CRS staffer Or Dashevsky, a SXSW Interactive Scholarship winner. Photo by Sandra Basgall/CRS

A woman signs her information form on a mobile device at a CRS seed fair in Kaga Bandoro, Central African Republic. CRS piloted a barcode beneficiary tracking system designed by SXSW Interactive Scholarship winner Or Dashevsky. Photo by Sandra Basgall/CRS

CRS is pleased to announce that Or Dashevsky, CRS’  Chief Solution Architect, is a 2014 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Scholarship winner. SXSW is a set of film, interactive and music festivals and conferences that take place every year in Austin, Texas. The SXSW Interactive Scholarship program “recognizes individuals from all sectors and from anywhere in the world who are using new media to tackle community problems. This program tries to identify people whose tech-focused work (whether it’s a job, a hobby or volunteering) helps other people.”

Or has over 16 years of Information Technology experience. He joined CRS in July of 2000 and since then has played a key role in the design and implementation of relief projects all over Africa. In Sierra Leone he designed, programmed and administered a nationwide malaria survey to over 6,000 households. In Central African Republic, he used smart phone technology and barcodes to facilitate the purchase of quality seed by 6,000 poor farmers. He is versatile on many technology platforms and has been recognized for his use of innovative solutions.

Our congratulations to Or for not only winning a SXSW scholarship, but for his many years of innovative and dedicated service to the world’s poor.

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