Mikaela Jade is a Cabrogal woman of the Dharug-speaking nation of Sydney. Her company, Indigital, founded in 2014, is Australia’s first Indigenousedu-tech company. Indigital is built on a belief that together we can use digital technologies to express 80,000 years of human knowledge whileengaging our people in education that leads to skills, jobs, and wealth creation to build a stronger future for all. Indigital Schools, the company’sflagship program, is an Elder-led, fully curriculum-integrated exploration of cultural expressions, heritage and knowledge through augmented and mixed reality production. It exists to preserve, access and share traditional knowledge, language and law. Mikaela and her company have achieved several honours. In 2019 Mikaela addressed the UN in New York to demonstrate the impact of new technologies in Indigenous communities, she is a World Economic Forum Global Futures Council Member, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues delegate, and an Indigenous Entrepreneur in Residence at theUniversity of Wollongong. Mikaela joined Microsoft Australia's Reconciliation Action Plan Advisory Board in 2018 and, in addition to recently completing a Master of Applied Cybernetics (with Commendation) at the Australian National University’s School of Cybernetics, was included in TheAustralian’s 100 Top Innovators List. Mikaela is a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur awardee.
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Australia’s first Indigenous edu-tech company, Indigital exists to help preserve and proliferate 80,000 years of human knowledge while engaging our peoples in education that leads to skills, jobs, and wealth creation to build a stronger future for all. Given the potential impact frontier technologies may have on young people’s lives, it is crucial to help make these systems more accessible to youth from different communities. Cultural heritage, expressions and Country all have stories to tell. Too often our stories are told by others, missing the depth of meaning, and rarely touch on the cultural lessons we are supposed to learn. Indigital Schools, our flagship program, is the only program in Australia that marries Indigenous cultural knowledge, language and law with frontier technology education. The program is built around providing the opportunity for our story and language custodians to share their cultural knowledge with the younger generation in a respectful environment. Indigital is Indigenous Owned and Managed. Our team is 70 per cent Indigenous and 70 per cent female. As we scale, we seek to maintain our employment ratio while increasing our diversity and inclusion.