Dunija Ariyaratne - Round 3, 2016 Champion

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Dunija Ariyaratne

Giving young people a voice in today’s digital tech industry

Dunija Ariyaratne is a young innovator and entrepreneur who wants to shake up the tech industry by giving kids and students a voice.

Dunija saw the need for a website where teens could experience the latest digital technologies after comparing what was available on the market with the devices listed on his school booklist. Dunija and his school friend created a website that brings students together to trial products, share their opinions and ideas, and view the latest tech news and product reviews.

As Co-CEO of TechFlow, Dunija realises the importance of ‘collaboration with technology’. He brings students and digital technology manufacturers together, helping them to make better products for this niche market, and enabling young people to shape the development of new technologies.

By working proactively with his high school’s administration staff, he has also ensured students have a say in the school’s ICT plan, assisting the school to stay abreast of the ever-changing technology landscape. He has also established information resources for parents to help them make purchasing decisions that meet students’ needs.

Dunija is giving teens a much-needed voice in the digital economy by:

  • encouraging them to become early adopters and innovators of digital technologies
  • providing a digital media platform for students to engage with technology and stay up-to date
  • providing a safe forum for young people to express their opinions and ideas about technology.

At just 15 years of age, Dunija is a digital champion inspiring other young people to think big. He has formed a group of tech-savvy volunteer students to visit primary schools and talk to younger children about digital technology, entrepreneurship and startups. Dunija is championing a project at his high school where students are given an opportunity to develop their own startup ideas, mentored by entrepreneurial hot-house, Little Tokyo Two. He is also in talks with several technology leaders in Queensland and overseas to bring together a tech/innovation based event for teens next year.

Dunija hopes to roll these programs out in more schools, ensuring young Queenslanders are at the forefront of digital technology product development.

Dunija is nominated by: Brisbane State High School.


Dunija Ariyaratne

Giving young people a voice in today’s digital tech industry

Dunija Ariyaratne is a young innovator and entrepreneur who wants to shake up the tech industry by giving kids and students a voice.

Dunija saw the need for a website where teens could experience the latest digital technologies after comparing what was available on the market with the devices listed on his school booklist. Dunija and his school friend created a website that brings students together to trial products, share their opinions and ideas, and view the latest tech news and product reviews.

As Co-CEO of TechFlow, Dunija realises the importance of ‘collaboration with technology’. He brings students and digital technology manufacturers together, helping them to make better products for this niche market, and enabling young people to shape the development of new technologies.

By working proactively with his high school’s administration staff, he has also ensured students have a say in the school’s ICT plan, assisting the school to stay abreast of the ever-changing technology landscape. He has also established information resources for parents to help them make purchasing decisions that meet students’ needs.

Dunija is giving teens a much-needed voice in the digital economy by:

  • encouraging them to become early adopters and innovators of digital technologies
  • providing a digital media platform for students to engage with technology and stay up-to date
  • providing a safe forum for young people to express their opinions and ideas about technology.

At just 15 years of age, Dunija is a digital champion inspiring other young people to think big. He has formed a group of tech-savvy volunteer students to visit primary schools and talk to younger children about digital technology, entrepreneurship and startups. Dunija is championing a project at his high school where students are given an opportunity to develop their own startup ideas, mentored by entrepreneurial hot-house, Little Tokyo Two. He is also in talks with several technology leaders in Queensland and overseas to bring together a tech/innovation based event for teens next year.

Dunija hopes to roll these programs out in more schools, ensuring young Queenslanders are at the forefront of digital technology product development.

Dunija is nominated by: Brisbane State High School.