A call for nominations is going out across the nation for Australia’s first national Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDX) Awards.

With categories including Digital Elder of the Year and Entrepreneurship, the awards aim to uncover inspiring innovators and celebrate the achievements of Indigenous people working in the digital and technology landscape.

National Centre for Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) CEO Kirstie Parker said the awards were part of the NCIE and Telstra Foundation’s wider IDX initiative.

“The IDX Awards facilitate the creative use of technology to maintain, revitalise and share Indigenous culture. They are a centrepiece of the IDX initiative and I’d encourage all digital innovators, from young Indigenous people to Elders in communities across Australia, to consider nominating,” Ms Parker said.

Award categories include:

  • Learnings and Education
  • Culture and Country
  • Pathways and Employment
  • Wellbeing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Digital Elder of the Year
  • Young Digital Innovator of the Year

General Manager of the Telstra Foundation Jackie Coates said that the awards were part of a national initiative to inspire, build and connect Indigenous digital innovators.

“Through the IDX initiative we meet some incredible Indigenous innovators working across a number of sectors – what these awards are all about is recognising this talent and inspiring other to harness the power of technology,” Ms Coates said.

“We encourage individuals, organisations and businesses from remote, rural and urban communities innovating in the digital space to enter the IDX Awards and celebrate Indigenous digital excellence from across Australia.”

The Telstra Foundation has committed $5 million over five years to the IDX initiative, which supports Indigenous participation in the digital landscape and assist young Indigenous people to build careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM).

The IDX Awards will be presented at a landmark ceremony fusing new technologies with cultural experiences, bush tucker fine dining and leading Indigenous future thinkers on the 29th September 2017.

“Indigenous people have been innovating since time immemorial, creating diverse technologies borne from Country and sparked by innate ingenuity. We want to capture that and put it on a national stage,” Ms Parker said.

IDX Awards launch media enquiries please contact Mayrah Sonter at mayrah@33creative.com.au or 0405 834 016.

Telstra Foundation media enquiries please contact David Taylor, Media Manager, david.taylor.4@team.telstra.com or 0405 228 974

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