December 2016 Alumni

2016 - December

Ann Britton is a grazier from Boulia, 1716 kilometres north-west of Brisbane in the channel country of western Queensland. She is one of Australia’s most well-known outback photographers and vocal advocates for rural and regional Australians and the agricultural sectors. Digital technology has afforded Ann with the opportunity to enter the global marketplace, with her photography works now hanging in homes throughout Australia and all around the world. In partnership with the Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD), Ann plans to deliver digital awareness and engagement workshops via online GoToMeetings.


In 1997, Ben Munford retired from the police force at the relatively young age of 49 and migrated to Brisbane, where he has since put his leadership and computer skills to use as a volunteer with Brisbane Seniors OnLine. Since joining the organisation, Ben has helped approximately 215 seniors on a one-to-one basis, teaching in members’ own homes on their own computer, tablet or smart phone. Once a month he also runs a two hour technology clinic in the Carindale Public Library. In his role, Ben is also responsible for matching learners with mentors in Brisbane’s East Hub—this area currently has 148 learners and 19 active mentors and is one of the busiest in the Brisbane Seniors OnLine network.


In addition to juggling her studies as a Year 9 student, Brynlea Gibson is a 2015 Australian Youth Leadership Award winner and recipient of an iAward. She has a passion for digital technology and its application in the real world. Brynlea was awarded an Australian iAward in 2014 for developing a project that included robotics, sensors and C++ programming to deliver care to her guinea pig. This project could ultimately have application in the fields of medicine, to assist in remote surgery, mining exploration, rescue, security and surveillance. This project, driven by her passion for learning and the desire to continue to strive for excellence, was an innovative combination of soft ware development and hardware design and creation. Brynlea’s projects have inspired numerous students, government officials and ministers, educators, industry leaders and ICT practitioners to see anything is possible for young students to learn.


Jamie Teh is the co-creator of a screen reader for the blind and vision impaired, Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA). Jamie founded a not-for-profit organisation along with his childhood friend, Michael Curren, to support the development of NVDA. NVDA is open source soft ware, which means the code is accessible to anyone. This enables translators and developers around the world to continually contribute to its expansion and improvement. Through his work, Jamie has fostered relationships with companies such as Mozilla, Microsoft , IBM, Adobe and Yahoo! and has contributed to the accessibility of their respective products. Jamie is passionate about helping to connect blind people all over the world with the digital economy and social networks.


Jenny Ostini is a researcher with the Australian Digital Futures Institute at University of Southern Queensland. Her research focuses on how technology influences people’s everyday lives, and ways in which individual and community wellbeing can be increased through new ways of doing things. Jenny works on bringing critical understanding of technology to projects as diverse as climate change and agricultural practices, technology misuse in relationships, digital literacy particularly for disadvantaged and disengaged learners, and digital literacy in schools and higher education. Jenny has recently written about her research in a variety of online publications such as The Conversation and Brisbane Times.


Joy McClymont is the Managing Director of an online fitness and wellbeing program, Off The Track Training. Joy lives with her husband and four young children on a sheep and cattle station located 100km west of Longreach, Queensland and has lived and worked in rural and regional areas for over 30 years. She has gained extensive experience as an educator, grazier, fitness trainer and competitor. Joy’s motivation is focused towards improving the health and wellbeing of individuals, regardless of where they live, what their work role is or how much time and equipment they have available. In partnership with the Rapid Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) she plans to deliver digital awareness and engagement workshops via online GoToMeetings.


Juliette Wright is the founder of GIVIT, an online platform connecting those who have with those who need. Juliette started with a goal of making giving easy. She wanted to alleviate the effects of poverty in Australia by ensuring every charity has what it needs through the simple act of giving. Juliette created GIVIT to ensure quality goods get to where they are needed most by safely connecting and inspiring an online network of givers. Through GIVIT’s website, more than 1,000 trusted Australian charities are supported as urgently needed items are sourced direct from the public. Juliette’s hard work and determination has resulted in more than 200,000 items matched through GIVIT to assist those in dire need. In 2011, the then-Premier Anna Bligh turned to Juliette for help and GIVIT became the state government’s official website for matching donors and recipients during the 2011 floods. The GIVIT website received 1.8 million hits in 10 days and more than 33,500 goods were matched in three weeks.


Liz Hill is the creator of an online community hub, stgeorgeqld.com. Liz is a farmer from southern inland Queensland with no background in digital technologies but a passion for developing rural communities. In 2006, motivated by the possibility of establishing an off -farm business, Liz created stgeorgeqld.com, an online information hub for the towns and districts of the Balonne Shire. The website has a local focus, while connecting and promoting the shire’s businesses and communities to the rest of the Australia. Recently the hub has created a Facebook page to complement the existing websites. Stgeorgeqld.com has won Balonne Shire and Rotary Micro Business Awards (four times) and resulted in Liz being awarded the Balonne Shire Citizen of the Year 2014 for her community contribution.


Wayne Denning is the Executive Producer and Managing Director of Carbon Media and a proud Birra Gubba man from Blackwater, Central Queensland. In 2006 he left a successful career in Federal Government to start Carbon Media, a full service creative agency, determined to give a positive voice to Indigenous Australians through delivery of engaging content and compelling story telling. Wayne’s commercial work has included documentaries and children’s shows (including Sesame Street) for NITV, ABC and SBS, corporations and government.


2016 - December

Ann Britton is a grazier from Boulia, 1716 kilometres north-west of Brisbane in the channel country of western Queensland. She is one of Australia’s most well-known outback photographers and vocal advocates for rural and regional Australians and the agricultural sectors. Digital technology has afforded Ann with the opportunity to enter the global marketplace, with her photography works now hanging in homes throughout Australia and all around the world. In partnership with the Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD), Ann plans to deliver digital awareness and engagement workshops via online GoToMeetings.


In 1997, Ben Munford retired from the police force at the relatively young age of 49 and migrated to Brisbane, where he has since put his leadership and computer skills to use as a volunteer with Brisbane Seniors OnLine. Since joining the organisation, Ben has helped approximately 215 seniors on a one-to-one basis, teaching in members’ own homes on their own computer, tablet or smart phone. Once a month he also runs a two hour technology clinic in the Carindale Public Library. In his role, Ben is also responsible for matching learners with mentors in Brisbane’s East Hub—this area currently has 148 learners and 19 active mentors and is one of the busiest in the Brisbane Seniors OnLine network.


In addition to juggling her studies as a Year 9 student, Brynlea Gibson is a 2015 Australian Youth Leadership Award winner and recipient of an iAward. She has a passion for digital technology and its application in the real world. Brynlea was awarded an Australian iAward in 2014 for developing a project that included robotics, sensors and C++ programming to deliver care to her guinea pig. This project could ultimately have application in the fields of medicine, to assist in remote surgery, mining exploration, rescue, security and surveillance. This project, driven by her passion for learning and the desire to continue to strive for excellence, was an innovative combination of soft ware development and hardware design and creation. Brynlea’s projects have inspired numerous students, government officials and ministers, educators, industry leaders and ICT practitioners to see anything is possible for young students to learn.


Jamie Teh is the co-creator of a screen reader for the blind and vision impaired, Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA). Jamie founded a not-for-profit organisation along with his childhood friend, Michael Curren, to support the development of NVDA. NVDA is open source soft ware, which means the code is accessible to anyone. This enables translators and developers around the world to continually contribute to its expansion and improvement. Through his work, Jamie has fostered relationships with companies such as Mozilla, Microsoft , IBM, Adobe and Yahoo! and has contributed to the accessibility of their respective products. Jamie is passionate about helping to connect blind people all over the world with the digital economy and social networks.


Jenny Ostini is a researcher with the Australian Digital Futures Institute at University of Southern Queensland. Her research focuses on how technology influences people’s everyday lives, and ways in which individual and community wellbeing can be increased through new ways of doing things. Jenny works on bringing critical understanding of technology to projects as diverse as climate change and agricultural practices, technology misuse in relationships, digital literacy particularly for disadvantaged and disengaged learners, and digital literacy in schools and higher education. Jenny has recently written about her research in a variety of online publications such as The Conversation and Brisbane Times.


Joy McClymont is the Managing Director of an online fitness and wellbeing program, Off The Track Training. Joy lives with her husband and four young children on a sheep and cattle station located 100km west of Longreach, Queensland and has lived and worked in rural and regional areas for over 30 years. She has gained extensive experience as an educator, grazier, fitness trainer and competitor. Joy’s motivation is focused towards improving the health and wellbeing of individuals, regardless of where they live, what their work role is or how much time and equipment they have available. In partnership with the Rapid Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) she plans to deliver digital awareness and engagement workshops via online GoToMeetings.


Juliette Wright is the founder of GIVIT, an online platform connecting those who have with those who need. Juliette started with a goal of making giving easy. She wanted to alleviate the effects of poverty in Australia by ensuring every charity has what it needs through the simple act of giving. Juliette created GIVIT to ensure quality goods get to where they are needed most by safely connecting and inspiring an online network of givers. Through GIVIT’s website, more than 1,000 trusted Australian charities are supported as urgently needed items are sourced direct from the public. Juliette’s hard work and determination has resulted in more than 200,000 items matched through GIVIT to assist those in dire need. In 2011, the then-Premier Anna Bligh turned to Juliette for help and GIVIT became the state government’s official website for matching donors and recipients during the 2011 floods. The GIVIT website received 1.8 million hits in 10 days and more than 33,500 goods were matched in three weeks.


Liz Hill is the creator of an online community hub, stgeorgeqld.com. Liz is a farmer from southern inland Queensland with no background in digital technologies but a passion for developing rural communities. In 2006, motivated by the possibility of establishing an off -farm business, Liz created stgeorgeqld.com, an online information hub for the towns and districts of the Balonne Shire. The website has a local focus, while connecting and promoting the shire’s businesses and communities to the rest of the Australia. Recently the hub has created a Facebook page to complement the existing websites. Stgeorgeqld.com has won Balonne Shire and Rotary Micro Business Awards (four times) and resulted in Liz being awarded the Balonne Shire Citizen of the Year 2014 for her community contribution.


Wayne Denning is the Executive Producer and Managing Director of Carbon Media and a proud Birra Gubba man from Blackwater, Central Queensland. In 2006 he left a successful career in Federal Government to start Carbon Media, a full service creative agency, determined to give a positive voice to Indigenous Australians through delivery of engaging content and compelling story telling. Wayne’s commercial work has included documentaries and children’s shows (including Sesame Street) for NITV, ABC and SBS, corporations and government.