For over 15 years Tom Dawkins has been exploring how technology and culture can be harnessed as tools to create a more democratic and participatory society.
Tom is the co-founder and CEO of crowdfunding platform StartSomeGood.com, a crowdfunding platform which has raised more than $7 million for social impact projects in 35 countries.
Tom previously founded Australian nonprofit Vibewire Youth Inc. in 2000 while he was at university, remaining CEO until 2008 and leading numerous successful projects including opening sQuareOne, Australia’s first co-working space, in 2006, and sending youth reporters on the campaign trail during the 2004 and 2007 Federal elections.
From 2008-2012 Tom lived in the US where he was the first Social Media Director at Ashoka in Washington DC and then Social Media Director for HopeLab in Silicon Valley.
Upon returning to Australia Tom was the founding Director of the Australian Changemakers Festival. In 2015 he was awarded the Innovator of the Year Award by the Nexus Summit.
Tom has spoken at numerous international conferences including SXSW, the World Summit on the Information Society, Connecting Up, SOCAP and FWD. As part of Vivid 2016 he is leading introductory crowdfunding workshops on June 9 and 10 and a very special masterclass for just six projects on June 14.