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Keynote Speakers

Mikaela Jade

Opening Keynote Speaker
Sunday, 20 October, 2019, 1300-1500 (UTC+11 DST)

‘Mixing Reality for Cultural Proliferation’

Ms. Jade will be discussing the journey she has been on as an Indigenous woman building a technology company from a remote Aboriginal community, and expanding it globally to the Amazon and the Yukon, and partnering with the world’s largest technology firm.

Mikaela Jade’s company Indigital works 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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Helena Teede

Closing Keynote Speaker
Tuesday, 22 October, 2019, 1600-1730 (UTC+11 DST)

Changing the Paradigm: Driving Disruption Through Collaboration to Create a Learning Health System

Helena Teede is the Executive Director of Monash Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre and Director of the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, School of Public Health, Monash University. She is an Endocrinologist at Monash Health and a NHMRC Practitioner Fellow.

Prof. Teede has a leading role in research and translation including large scale randomised controlled trials and evidence synthesis, international guidelines, co-design of new models of care, implementation and scale-up.

Prof. Teede holds policy advisory roles, sits on the national NHMRC Research Committee and the Faculty for Research Translation. She has over 300 publications and focuses on women’s reproductive health including infertility, PCOS, pregnancy health, gestational diabetes and menopause.

She is on the Cochrane editorial group, has completed over 60 systematic reviews and has worked on multiple guidelines including with WHO. She recently led the development of the international guidelines in PCOS following AGREEII and GRADE processes, involving 37 organisations and 71 countries.