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How corporate collaboration is helping to bridge the digital divide

Volunteer coaches and field experts have been instrumental in the development of the tech solutions that our First Australians Digitisation Fund organisations are building. Contributing their time, expertise and knowledge has enabled the non-profit participants to grow their understanding of tech in order to get their solutions off the ground and impact First Nations communities across Australia.


Anna Gannon, Wiradjuri woman and Program Manager for KARI Foundation collaborates with Adam Paine, Results Delivery Lead at Origin Energy. As a coach, Adam consults based on the needs of KARI’s program, their tech and their goals. In their weekly meetings, they’ve been able to deep dive into the design and navigation of KARI's Health and Wellbeing App to ensure they’re set up for growth and success.


“Adam has walked beside me as I have navigated through the numerous stages of product development and has supported my growth beyond measure,” says Anna.


Coaches from Google and Origin, and Field Experts from Origin, Atlassian, Accenture and Aon volunteer their time to empower and support our participants in their development. It allows the individuals to connect with their communities and give back by creating opportunities for greater impact.


To meet the moment and scale of these tech solutions, the program has been designed with collaboration at its core. Anna and the KARI Foundation team are also supported by field experts, Mark Filius, app developer at Origin Energy and Teresa Fabila who leads Product Design at Atlassian.


It’s a sense of community which allows our field experts and coaches to gather their own learnings and grow. “I often finish a session with Anna having learned something new about the experience of First Nations people and particularly the challenges the youth may face when accessing health and well-being services,” says Adam.


The First Australians Digitisation Fund, supported by Google.org, is on a mission to empower organisations using technology to redress inequities and improve access to areas of health, education and employment for First Nations communities.


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