Courtesy: Australian Consulate General Bali.
Courtesy: Australian Consulate General Bali.
Courtesy: Australian Consulate General Bali.
Courtesy: Australian Consulate General Bali.

KUTA, Bali (BPN) – Indigenous Australian innovator and social entrepreneur Julie-ann Lambourne visited Indonesia this week to share her experiences with innovation communities in Jakarta, Surabaya and Bali.

In Bali, Lambourne participated in a full day program at Ke{m}Bali Innovation Hub in Seminyak, starting with an inspirational talk for university students, followed by a panel discussion entitled Digital Innovation for Social Impact. The day concluded with a workshop for the local Women in Leadership Community on employment opportunities using virtual reality.

Lambourne is a Torres Strait Islander woman and uses the power of innovation and digital technology to help disadvantaged communities in Australia to overcome adversity. Lambourne is also the CEO of Cairns-based enVizion Group , an Indigenous-owned and operated business. enVizion designed and developed the world’s first Virtual Reality Training Bus, which allows indigenous communities in remote parts of Northern Australia to access vocational training in new and innovative ways.

Julie-ann Lambourne also co-founded D:HIVE, a digital innovation hub designed to assist disadvantaged groups to actively participate in the digital economy.

Australian Consul Drew Boekel said the digital sector is a growing area of cooperation between Australia and Indonesia. Earlier this year, the Australian and Indonesian governments held the first Indonesia-Australia Digital Forum, which brought together digital stakeholders from both countries.

“Julie-ann Lambourne’s visit builds on the success of the Indonesia-Australia Digital Forum ,” Boekel said. “Her work exemplifies the power of digital technology and innovation to address inequality.”

Lambourne’s visit takes place during National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week, a time when Australians celebrate the culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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“I am particularly pleased to welcome Lambourne to Bali during NAIDOC Week, which this year focuses on the rich contribution indigenous women make to Australian life as leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians, artists and advocates,” Consul Boekel said.

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