to transform lives
to transform lives
Who we are
Hitnet is an innovative Australian ‘Communication for Development’ company that builds the smart digital ecosystems needed to reach and engage the most marginalised of people.
What we do
Hitnet empowers marginalised communities by co-creating culturally rich information and delivering it across an integrated digital platform.
- We co-create the information that empowers communities to make healthy life choices
- Prepare them for life in rapidly changing societies, and
- Connect them with other communities now participating in and benefiting from the global digital economy.
This is where we are now…
And this is where we want to be…
Our purpose is to co-create a platform for knowledge exchange, to build vibrant, included communities. By 2021, we aim to be improving the lives of 1 million people daily.
We’re also expanding into the Asia Pacific …
Our values guide each and every business decision, and the organisations and people we choose to partner with, as we work together to fulfill our purpose. We are…
Open-hearted and open-minded.
Whether we’re working in a community or with one of our many partners, we approach all our interactions with an open-heart and an open-mind. We’re generous with our knowledge, ideas and connections, as our partners are with us.
Playful yet serious.
What we do is serious, and we take it seriously, but we also know how to have fun. The stories and information we share through our community hubs tackle serious problems with a playful approach, and that’s why they leave their mark.
We’re wildly creative and inventive and we’re always searching for new ways to advance learning. When traditional and cultural knowledge take their rightful place alongside innovative learning, literacy improves and our work transforms lives.
Technologists at heart.
While technology is the backbone of our business, it’s also the key to unlocking the digital divide and to creatively engaging the next generation. Our community hubs are at the epicenter of interaction and connection allowing us to spread the information that really matters to the remotest corners.
Committed to co-creation.
We don’t hold all the answers to the most challenging social problems. That’s why we’re dedicated to co-creating knowledge in each and every community in need. Together we identify the problems, and together we create the solutions.
Hitnet now has over 70 Community Hubs in operation with almost 70,000 purposeful uses a year with an average of 900 uses for each Hub. Around 60 to 65% of users identified as being either a teenager or a child, with a relatively even split between male and female users.
Hitnet Hub usage in 2016
Dr. Ernest Hunter
As Hitnet’s Community Connector, Nickeema liaises with communities on the network to find out what content is most useful to them. She helps to source and trial a variety of contemporary cultural content from across communities, and localises the videos, music clips and photographs for sharing on the Hitnet Community Hub.She loves working with her creative talents to directly address the issues facing Indigenous people. Her goal is to empower people to take creative ownership of their lives and to find solutions to their own problems, with the support of organisations like Hitnet.
Some of our work
The Diabetes Story
Education and motivation are the keys to improving self-management of diabetes. The Diabetes Story was produced in partnership with Diabetes Queensland.
Our aim was to turn the complicated story that is diabetes from medical speak into every-day people speak – to co-create a new story that people will be open to hearing and sharing and taking action on.
‘The Diabetes Story’ App is now Available
We needed to expand access to this important information by producing an App version of the story, enabling it to reach a wider audience through mobile phones and tablets – one that would put self-management into the hands of patients and their carers.
This app is ‘offline capable’ meaning you don’t need to be
connected to the internet or Wifi to use it!
Simply head to www.diabetesstory.info to use the app.
The Court Network – Melbourne
The Court Network is the only court-based service explicitly and solely concerned with the needs of court users. When learning of Hitnet’s digital information services, its Executive Director said, ‘The Board and I were captivated by the idea of finding a way to reach more court users than our volunteers could possibly support’.
The Hitnet Hub has been purpose built for court users, with content that is specifically for new arrivals to Australia, as well as youth who are dealing with the law for the first time.
Visit us for a live demonstration at…
Julie Gibson: +61 400 501 186
Level 2, 696 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Helen Travers: +61 409 590 252
theSPACE, U Block – Cairns TAFE, Eureka Street, Cairns, QLD 4870