During October 2017 Chris, Tuck and Greg conducted the first round of fieldwork for the #thismymob project. We faciliated design workshops in the remote Aboriginal communities of Lombadina (on the Dampier Peninsula north of Broome, WA) and Wurrumiyanga (in the Tiwi Islands north of Darwin, NT).
We learned a lot about how people in these communities use an array of digital technologies to address the challenges they face in daily life. We discussed how the #thismymob platform could provide a useful addition to this existing array of technologies and how it should be designed to be tailored to the needs and empowerment of Indigenous communities. Participants affirmed a need for a safe space for Indigenous users. The #thismymob project received strong support, and we collectively agreed on a tentative design.
We plan next to create a working prototype and deploy it for trial in these communities during the 2018 dry season.