Gino Orticio - Round 1, 2018 Champion

Strengthening cultural connections and leadership through social media

With a PhD in Sociology from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Gino Orticio understands and emphasises the social inclusion benefits of online participation. Working in partnership with the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ), he strives to build the digital capacity of indigenous, and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Since 2013 and together with ECCQ, Gino has been teaching community leaders how to engage through the use of digital technologies. His workshops aim to build the self-reliance of Queensland’s new and emerging communities by helping migrants and refugees gain essential leadership skills to support communities to participate in Australian society.

As a sessional academic, Gino teaches students at QUT and Southern Cross University about social analysis, planning, innovation and research. His research interest is focused on social inclusion and capacity building of emerging communities.

Gino has also supported Mercy Community Services Romero Centre as a community development worker, helping people who are seeking asylum in Brisbane.

As a Community Digital Champion Gino will continue to deliver development activities for community leaders and cultural groups, including:

  • enhancing social media skills of communities so they can participate with government and non-government organisations
  • helping community leaders develop strategies to assist their communities to constructively engage in Australian society

conducting information workshops on Big Data and its implications for cultural communities.


Gino is nominated by: The Ethnic Community Council of Queensland (ECCQ)

Strengthening cultural connections and leadership through social media

With a PhD in Sociology from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Gino Orticio understands and emphasises the social inclusion benefits of online participation. Working in partnership with the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ), he strives to build the digital capacity of indigenous, and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Since 2013 and together with ECCQ, Gino has been teaching community leaders how to engage through the use of digital technologies. His workshops aim to build the self-reliance of Queensland’s new and emerging communities by helping migrants and refugees gain essential leadership skills to support communities to participate in Australian society.

As a sessional academic, Gino teaches students at QUT and Southern Cross University about social analysis, planning, innovation and research. His research interest is focused on social inclusion and capacity building of emerging communities.

Gino has also supported Mercy Community Services Romero Centre as a community development worker, helping people who are seeking asylum in Brisbane.

As a Community Digital Champion Gino will continue to deliver development activities for community leaders and cultural groups, including:

  • enhancing social media skills of communities so they can participate with government and non-government organisations
  • helping community leaders develop strategies to assist their communities to constructively engage in Australian society

conducting information workshops on Big Data and its implications for cultural communities.


Gino is nominated by: The Ethnic Community Council of Queensland (ECCQ)