fieldwork in northern Australia

workshopTiwi

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 workshopLombadinaexisting 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.

designing in Darwin

Steven Bird organized a Workshop on Technology and Wellbeing in the Top End in Darwin in April. Steven, Chris Lawrence and Greg Wadley of the University of Melbourne traveled to Darwin to work with representatives of Indigenous groups, researchers from Charles Darwin University and Batchelor Institute, and local and interstate app developers, to explore possibilities for technology to improve health and wellbeing in northern Australia.

Steven presenting
Steven presenting
Co-design workshop
Co-design workshop
Group presenting their design
Group presenting their design

Welcome to #thismymob

#thismymob is an Australian- and Indigenous-led international project, based at the University of Melbourne, that aims to design and evaluate technologies that “close the gap” by improving the health, wellbeing and connectedness of Indigenous peoples.