Wabash senior Adam Miller ’12 has been awarded a grant to attend the Oct. 4-6 SXSW Eco Conference in Austin, Texas. Miller earned the grant with his idea of creating a non-profit business to impact children throughout the world.
“Last summer I was awarded the Small Business Internship Fund (SBIF) and interned in Greece with the support of Dr. John Fisher,” Miller said. “During my morning walk to work, I routinely passed children playing soccer at an elementary school. Their soccer ball was a pine cone. The experience sparked my interest in developing a sustainable business model which would provide underprivileged children with basic sports equipment.
“While working this summer at Paul Newman’s Camp Boggy Creek in Florida I envisioned a unique non-profit business model with the potential to impact many children throughout the world. On September 13, I applied for a grant to attend the inaugural edition of SXSW Eco in Austin, Texas. During Dr. Freeze’s Creative Writing class I received an email congratulating me on being selected to receive an $800 grant to attend the conference.”
SXSW Eco is a three-day conference acknowledging the need for a concerted, cross sector approach to solving recognized sustainability/environmental challenges.
SXSW Eco will provide unique networking opportunities and cutting-edge discussion with experienced, passionate, and pragmatic professionals with varied backgrounds from the public, private and academic sectors.
Just as the SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Conferences & Festivals are an acknowledged annual launching pad for new creative content, SXSW Eco provides a singular atmosphere for fresh approaches to the most pressing challenges of our time.