How might Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples leverage digital technologies to improve their own, and their community’s wellbeing?
That was the question underpinning IDEA: the Indigenous Digital Excellence Agenda.
IDEA was a wide-reaching research, consultation and collaboration project – a partnership between Telstra Foundation and the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) – that spanned an intensive 6 months of activity in 2013.
The aim was to understand the challenges, opportunities and aspirations of the Indigenous community in relation to digital technology – to build a foundation for an actionable strategy.
We engaged with thinkers from all corners of Australia – more than 1,000 in all – including Indigenous academics, and business and community leaders.
The project encompassed:
What emerged was a clear message that Indigenous Digital Excellence demanded an Indigenous-led movement, a purpose-built home, a co-created strategy and a national voice.
In response, the Telstra Foundation has committed to an ambitious plan to create Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDX) initiative: a five-year, five million dollar partnership with the NCIE.