While Santa is still busy making his list and checking it twice, Dell is unveiling its own list, the #Inspire 100, a curation of leading influencers in entrepreneurship, philanthropy, education and media who use technology to empower and inspire others.
Curated by Dell with the help of industry leaders including Elliott Bisnow, founder of Summit Series; Josh Kopelman, founder, First Round Capital; Ingrid Vanderveldt, Dell Entrepreneur in Residence; Shauna Robertson, partner, Crowdrise; and Tina Wells, member of Dell Women Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) and Founder and CEO of Buzz Marketing Group, the #Inspire 100 list recognizes thinkers, designers and risk takers in four categories: World Changers, Entrepreneurs, Creatives and Tastemakers. The complete list has been unveiled on Dell’s Facebook page. One-minute video highlights, interviews and vignettes on select honorees will be featured. Supporters and admirers can participate and help spread the word and share what inspires them via Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets using the hashtag #inspire. The campaign runs through Dec. 21.
Among the #Inspire 100 honorees are such World Changers as Casey Rotter (U.S. Fund for UNICEF), Chrysi Philalithes ((RED)) and Penny Abeywardena (Clinton Global Initiative); Entrepreneurs including Gina Bianchini (Mighty Bell), Scott Gerber (Young Entrepreneur Council) and Jose Ferreira (Knewton); Creatives like Grace Bonney (Design*Sponge), Ross Martin (MTV Scratch) and William Yan (WilliamYan.com); and Tastemakers including Dina Fierro (Eye4Style.com), Giuliana Rancic (E! News and FabFitFun) and Josh Rubin (Cool Hunting).
“The #Inspire 100 are one hundred extraordinary people who are moved by their individual passions, and who inspire others to do the same,” said Fara Howard, Dell executive director of North America Consumer and Small Office Marketing. “They’re the social entrepreneurs who invest every dollar to make the world a better place, writers who connect communities, designers who embody the spirit of innovation. They’re committed to action, to being leaders, and to showing how technology can make dreams come true.”