Key points:

  • Kids from around Australia are involved in creating new tech
  • Technology sector is important for Indigenous Australians to be a part of
  • iWork is a great example of Indigenous firm, using Indigenous resources and benefitting Indigenous job seekers

Over the last few weeks I have seen several media stories about kids and teenagers from around Australia creating all kinds of new technology products; from building and then using their very own iPad, a granddaughter live streaming images of her lonely and ill grandfather who lives far away, automated clock-in systems replacing roll calls to save time in the classroom, and kids actually knowing how to code programs.

I also read a story recently about how the top technology gurus have stated we are only at the beginning of what the internet really has to offer., Really, how much more could it do? A great deal more, apparently.

Therefore, when I read so many stories about the shift to a fast and emerging technology sector– which will be so prolific in our future lives that now primary schools are replacing large chunks of their curriculum with coding classes, iPad building and creating new technology–I’m now feeling quite satisfied that I’m somewhat ‘digitally inclusive’.

I had the great pleasure of creating the concepts behind the iWork Jobsite. iWork uses innovative technology to connect with the disadvantaged and most ‘digitally excluded’ Indigenous people. This connectedness will enable them to still be a part of the job application process and in-turn, increases their chances of employment. Of course, iWork is for all levels of jobseekers, from kids still at school looking for casual work right up to professionals and graduates looking for careers. However, I’m especially excited about the piece of technology which is connecting to the grass roots people who really need access to jobs. In the first 3 weeks of going live, iWork has had almost 10,000 unique visitors to the site, without spending any money on advertising or driving a heavy campaign. I have no doubt at all that iWork will be the most powerful, and the only go-to platform, in the Indigenous employment market and that the numbers will speak for themselves.

Then we have the Trakka App, a world first mobile app helping to keep Aboriginal people connected at a local level. A very well presented, impressive, robust and informative app now available through the iTunes app store. It is an app that is being sold to local councils around Australia to keep their local residents, and tourists to the areas, informed about all things Indigenous; be it NAIDOC events, cultural experiences, events, tourism, landmarks, Aboriginal organisation directories and everything else in the Indigenous space in those localised areas.

Next we have CAT Online, which is an online cultural awareness training program. Easy to use, full of foundational cultural information, and now nationally accredited. It is meant to be one component of a cultural awareness strategy which organisations can imbed into their onboarding/induction process in a streamlined and convenient way. The online component is meant to compliment other practical cultural awareness strategies of each corporate or government department which chooses to use the technology; in order to provide that first level of awareness to large groups of people at one time.

Each of these IT startups was created and developed in Perth, by Indigenous people who have applied their knowledge and expertise in their various fields, identified the gaps in the market and then digitalised the solutions in a very sophisticated way to future-proof their businesses. It’s exciting to be a part of a fast developing and complex business sector which breaks the moulds of how Indigenous businesses are usually perceived to be.

In my new capacity as an Indigenous female version of Steve Jobs, I’m also looking forward to being a guest judge at the Indigenous start up weekend, powered by Google in Brisbane at the end of August. I’m eager to see what other emerging Indigenous tech companies are sprouting up.

You can visit each of these tech companies mentioned in this article here: