Keynote Speakers

Mikaela Jade

Mikaela Jade

Mikaela Jade’s company Indigital work to develop innovative new ways to digitise and translate knowledge and culture from remote and ancient communities. She has a background in environmental biology.

Indigital works with some of the most remote Peoples’ on earth using cutting edge digital technologies to translate cultural knowledge within their communities; showcase their cultural heritage to their visitors in compelling ways; and create jobs in the digital economy.

Her signature mobile and hololens app, Indigital Storytelling, uses drones, 4D mapping software, image recognition technology and cultural law to bring the world’s cultural sites alive through augmented and mixed reality.

2018 saw Mikaela win several awards for her work including the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award, the InStyle Women of Style Creative Visionary Award, and Judges Award, and the University of Technology’s Alumni Award for Indigenous Person of the Year.

In 2018/ 19, together with Microsoft and Shared Path she is mentoring 31 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from remote communities to build their own technology platforms. Realising that technology is a powerful tool for transformative and widespread impact, the Digital Custodians are building cultural solutions based on artificial intelligence, blockchain and mixed reality. When women are provided the opportunity to combine culture, creativity and technology as the world shifts.

Mikaela is a United Nations Permanent Forum Indigenous Issues delegate, Tribal Link Alumni member (New York), and Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Program. Mikaela joined Microsoft Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan Advisory Board in 2018.

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