Springing Forward with New Sites and New Data

Hitnet’s journey is always evolving and we love the consistently diverse range of projects we get to work on. This quarter we saw new sites launched, members of our team getting nominated for national awards and our 2017 Year to Date usage data being collated and presented in a fresh way. Read on to see what we’ve been up to and what’s coming next!

– The Hitnet Team

 Check out our 2017 Impact!

We’re excited to see the impact we have had so far in 2017 through some eye-catching visuals, produced by our wonderful intern, Jay! It’s evident that the ‘My Place’ module, a module that communities can upload their own content to, is by far the most popular module across our network. Some of the content that has been produced by communities large and small has blown us away; from music videos to educational lessons to cultural stories.

To see more of this usage data visually presented, visit the Our Impact page on our website for demographic and geographic specific info.

A Change in Hitnet Leadership

As a Co-founder and the Creative Director of Hitnet, Helen Travers wound up her day-to-day involvement with Hitnet at the end of June. Over the past sixteen years, Hitnet has developed a hard-won reputation as a market leader in the production and distribution of culturally appropriate content for remote and marginalised Australian communities, with Helen playing a key role in this.

Helen’s decision to step out of operations wasn’t an easy one, but she will still contribute to Hitnet’s ongoing growth and success as an owner, and an active member of the Board.

To continue her passion of working with diverse cultures, Helen has taken on a capacity building role at YETI in Cairns that takes her to Cape York and the Torres Strait Islands.

Hitnet thanks Helen for her dedication and helping to bring it to this stage, in it’s ongoing journey.
Moving forward, Julie was appointed by the Board to become CEO of Hitnet and continues to work closely with the rest of the team Tom Dick, Nickeema Williams and Nathan Dick.

A New Hub for one of our Most Remote Sites

[Pictured: Daphne Daniels, Editor of the Ngukurr News; the Ngukurr General Store; local teens checking out the new Hub]

We were really excited to head up to Ngukurr in August to launch their new Hitnet Hub in partnership with Ethos Global Foundation. Following a day’s drive south-east from Darwin, we arrived in Ngukurr, which lies on the banks of the Roper River in Arnhem Land. The Hub has been installed in the community’s general store and will act as a centre point for a lot of local content, including the Ngukurr News.

Ngukurr is a culturally rich and diverse community with eight to ten heritage languages spoken that are now all endangered. The race is on to preserve and promote them with the Ngukurr Language Centre doing an amazing job. We look forward to seeing how the Hub is used in Ngukurr and can’t wait to see the content that the local community produces for their ‘My Place’ module.

Hitnet Community Members Nominated at the IDX Awards!

We’re thrilled to announce that two women from the Hitnet community are nominated at the inaugural Indigenous Digital Excellence Awards!

Nickeema Williams, our Community Connector has been nominated for the IDX Young Innovator of the Year Award for her work with Hitnet and the Red Cross, where she works with communities to help them capture their stories and present them through various media an artistry. Nickeema was also instrumental in getting a Hitnet Hub installed in her community of Woorabinda, which has become one of our most popular Hubs.

Patricia Elarde has been nominated for the IDX Digital Elder of the Year Award for her work as the Torres Strait Islander Program Manager at Diabetes Queensland. She has worked closely with Hitnet over the past two years to develop ‘The Diabetes Story’ interactive module and web app to promote health and wellbeing messages for Indigenous Australians and their families affected by diabetes.

The awards take place in Sydney on Friday the 29th September, so keep an eye on our Facebook page for the results! We wish both of these wonderful women luck at the event.

EDIT: Unfortunately neither Nickeema or Patricia took home their award on the night. Regardless, all had a great night and both were thrilled to be nominated.

 Launching a Hub at Cleveland Youth Detention Centre

In August, our Digital Content Manager, Tom, attended the launch of the Hitnet Hub at Cleveland Youth Detention Centre (CYDC) in Townsville, QLD. After the popularity of the Hub at the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre, the Hub at Cleveland will compliment cultural programs and re-connect young people with their communities via the ‘My Place’ modules.

The launch event was held in conjunction with CYDC’s NAIDOC Week celebrations and young people resident in the centre thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to tell some stories, play music and perform dances, before they gave visitors a practical demonstration of the features of the Hitnet Hub.

The intention behind the partnership between Hitnet and Youth Justice is to continue to explore ways to connect young people to the broader community – especially to their home communities in rural and remote areas of North Queensland, where the Hitnet Hubs are almost ubiquitous.

We look forward to seeing what the young people at CYDC love and would like to see more of on their Hitnet Hub.

A New Health App for Refugee and Migrant Women

In our last newsletter we introduced the advisory work we were doing for tech and health start-up, mAdapt. They have now launched their health information app Shifra, which is designed especially to help Arabic migrant women make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. Research shows that empowering women to make decisions about their health helps them to lead healthier lives.

We’re thrilled to be working with the team at mAdapt on this project which perfectly aligns with our own philosophy of co-creating technology that transforms lives.

Thank you for your ongoing support in 2017, we’re excited about many projects that are coming up in the final quarter. Keep an eye out!

– Hitnet