Kristine Arnold - Round 2, 2017 Champion

Changing the digital space of outback Queensland

Based in Longreach for almost 20 years, Kristine Arnold undertakes many volunteer roles to facilitate digital inclusion, technologies and solutions in Central Queensland.

With a background in education, including the vocational education and training (VET) sector, Kristine is the Chief Operations Officer for the Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD).

Broadening her knowledge in early 2017, Kristine travelled to Boulder, Denver and Silicon Valley in the United States to visit best practice digital co-working spaces and communities. The international learning expedition allowed Kristine to explore models and programs used to support start-ups while building global awareness, learning about the latest trends and building strong global connections to ultimately support local Queensland start-up communities.

Kristine has facilitated a range of digital inclusion initiatives including:

  • founding Outback Hubs – co-working spaces in outback Queensland
  • developing a regional women’s digital mentorship program – MpowHER
  • cofounding – ARTlife Solutions – a digital memory management solution
  • co-leading RAPAD’s digital strategy
  • managing a digital literacy program across the Central Western Queensland region
  • instructing drone and coding activities and workshops as part of the ‘SheFlies’ program – encouraging women and girls to fly drones
  • being an instrumental team member of a winning start-up weekend team, which progressed app development as part of the Queensland University of Technologies Creative Enterprise Australia Accelerator Program
  • being a valued member of a regional start-up community group which meets regularly to coordinate programs across the state.

As a Community Digital Champion, Kristine will continue to develop strong digital, innovation and start-up community networks in Queensland and globally. She will also:

  • grow and improve the Outback Hubs’ co-working spaces including start-up, pre-accelerator and makerspace programs
  • coordinate and build on the success of the MpowHER women's digital mentorship program and digital literacy program for the Central Queensland region
  • coordinate a regional digital roadshow to tackle social media, 101 computers, and virtual reality
  • grow Tech4Kids as a coordinator and presenter teaching coding, tech tools and activities to upper primary and lower secondary children.

Kristine is nominated by: Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board

Changing the digital space of outback Queensland

Based in Longreach for almost 20 years, Kristine Arnold undertakes many volunteer roles to facilitate digital inclusion, technologies and solutions in Central Queensland.

With a background in education, including the vocational education and training (VET) sector, Kristine is the Chief Operations Officer for the Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD).

Broadening her knowledge in early 2017, Kristine travelled to Boulder, Denver and Silicon Valley in the United States to visit best practice digital co-working spaces and communities. The international learning expedition allowed Kristine to explore models and programs used to support start-ups while building global awareness, learning about the latest trends and building strong global connections to ultimately support local Queensland start-up communities.

Kristine has facilitated a range of digital inclusion initiatives including:

  • founding Outback Hubs – co-working spaces in outback Queensland
  • developing a regional women’s digital mentorship program – MpowHER
  • cofounding – ARTlife Solutions – a digital memory management solution
  • co-leading RAPAD’s digital strategy
  • managing a digital literacy program across the Central Western Queensland region
  • instructing drone and coding activities and workshops as part of the ‘SheFlies’ program – encouraging women and girls to fly drones
  • being an instrumental team member of a winning start-up weekend team, which progressed app development as part of the Queensland University of Technologies Creative Enterprise Australia Accelerator Program
  • being a valued member of a regional start-up community group which meets regularly to coordinate programs across the state.

As a Community Digital Champion, Kristine will continue to develop strong digital, innovation and start-up community networks in Queensland and globally. She will also:

  • grow and improve the Outback Hubs’ co-working spaces including start-up, pre-accelerator and makerspace programs
  • coordinate and build on the success of the MpowHER women's digital mentorship program and digital literacy program for the Central Queensland region
  • coordinate a regional digital roadshow to tackle social media, 101 computers, and virtual reality
  • grow Tech4Kids as a coordinator and presenter teaching coding, tech tools and activities to upper primary and lower secondary children.

Kristine is nominated by: Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board