Leigh Harris - Round 1 Champion

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Leigh Harris

Finding an Indigenous voice – online

Leigh Harris is a Cairns-based Aboriginal business owner and entrepreneur with traditional connections to the Kanolu people of Central Queensland and Gungarri people of South East Queensland. Leigh is also proud of his Italian and Welsh heritage. He’s been active in the design and digital creative space for over 20 years and runs ingeous studios – a multidisciplinary design studio.

ingeous studios is an innovative design business – boasting great digital expertise and a solid understanding of how to operate in today’s online arena. Leigh’s aim in all of his projects is to strengthen, inspire and help Indigenous Queenslanders in remote and regional areas to actively participate in the digital space.

Leigh continues to provide pro bono services to the Far North Queensland Indigenous community and has facilitated much of the digital enhancement to Indigenous communities and organisations throughout the region.

Every year Leigh also assists Dawul Wuru Aboriginal Corporation (www.dawulwuru.com.au) with the creation of content and online delivery of their Regional Indigenous Fashion and Textile Showcase (RIFTS) project. This includes developing the RIFTS website and social media tools and upskilling Indigenous fashion designers to use online platforms to sell their products.

One of Leigh’s most significant achievements was the work he did with Inidgenous women’s health organisation Mookai Rosie Bi-Bayan. Leigh’s work with Mookai Rosie Bi-Bayan demonstrates his passion for and knowledge of the digital space and included:

  • helping to improve their online presence and reach

  • establishing their social networks

  • training staff to use online systems in particular open-source software

  • providing computer training and systems analysis

  • navigating their systems to a cloud-based platform

  • creating a digital asset library

  • implementing a SmartTV display network for in-house health content delivery.

He has also been working on the development of a global open-source endangered language maintenance application which will be trialled in the communities of Aurukun (Wik Mungkan) and Mossman Gorge (Kuku Yalanji) in 2016.

Leigh continues his passion in design and innovation in digital media space with social innovations OpenLingo, SkoolCents, ROR Digital.

He is currently working to establish a startup incubator and digital social venture to increase Indigenous and disadvantaged participation in the digital economy in the Far North Queensland region.

Leigh believes that digital disruption and innovation can bring great opportunities to Indigenous Australia to participate in a global economy.

Leigh is nominated by: Mookai Rosie Bi-Bayan, Cairns

Leigh Harris

Finding an Indigenous voice – online

Leigh Harris is a Cairns-based Aboriginal business owner and entrepreneur with traditional connections to the Kanolu people of Central Queensland and Gungarri people of South East Queensland. Leigh is also proud of his Italian and Welsh heritage. He’s been active in the design and digital creative space for over 20 years and runs ingeous studios – a multidisciplinary design studio.

ingeous studios is an innovative design business – boasting great digital expertise and a solid understanding of how to operate in today’s online arena. Leigh’s aim in all of his projects is to strengthen, inspire and help Indigenous Queenslanders in remote and regional areas to actively participate in the digital space.

Leigh continues to provide pro bono services to the Far North Queensland Indigenous community and has facilitated much of the digital enhancement to Indigenous communities and organisations throughout the region.

Every year Leigh also assists Dawul Wuru Aboriginal Corporation (www.dawulwuru.com.au) with the creation of content and online delivery of their Regional Indigenous Fashion and Textile Showcase (RIFTS) project. This includes developing the RIFTS website and social media tools and upskilling Indigenous fashion designers to use online platforms to sell their products.

One of Leigh’s most significant achievements was the work he did with Inidgenous women’s health organisation Mookai Rosie Bi-Bayan. Leigh’s work with Mookai Rosie Bi-Bayan demonstrates his passion for and knowledge of the digital space and included:

  • helping to improve their online presence and reach

  • establishing their social networks

  • training staff to use online systems in particular open-source software

  • providing computer training and systems analysis

  • navigating their systems to a cloud-based platform

  • creating a digital asset library

  • implementing a SmartTV display network for in-house health content delivery.

He has also been working on the development of a global open-source endangered language maintenance application which will be trialled in the communities of Aurukun (Wik Mungkan) and Mossman Gorge (Kuku Yalanji) in 2016.

Leigh continues his passion in design and innovation in digital media space with social innovations OpenLingo, SkoolCents, ROR Digital.

He is currently working to establish a startup incubator and digital social venture to increase Indigenous and disadvantaged participation in the digital economy in the Far North Queensland region.

Leigh believes that digital disruption and innovation can bring great opportunities to Indigenous Australia to participate in a global economy.

Leigh is nominated by: Mookai Rosie Bi-Bayan, Cairns