Nickeema Williams - Round 1, 2019 Champion

Building opportunities with art, youth and digital technologies

Located in Woorabinda

Nickeema Williams combines art and digital technologies to create opportunities for young people and promote positive change in disadvantaged communities.

She is based in Woorabinda, a remote aboriginal community west of Rockhampton. The community has high unemployment. Few community members have access to internet, or any exposure to digital technologies beyond mobile phones. Nickeema works in many ways to turn this around. She is a practicing artist, a youth worker for the Australian Red Cross, and a community connector for Hitnet Innovations, an Australian company that produces rich learning media with and for those living on the wrong side of the digital divide.

Nickeema primarily helps people aged 12–17 by:

  • showing them how to access online services
  • helping them research employment and education opportunities
  • assisting with digital device set-up and technical problems
  • teaching, healing and upskilling by combining art, fashion and technology
  • supporting the Mimosa Studios program, which helps young people create music videos, short films and songs, and teaches them software, basic sound engineering and lighting.

Nickeema is also involved in public speaking and advisory work. This year she will be speaking at the Broadband for the Bush summit in Perth about the creative use of digital technology within an Indigenous context.

As a digital champion, Nickeema wants to increase the digital literacy of community members of all ages. As well as her existing work and activities, she will support the Queensland State Library to set up the Woorabinda Indigenous Knowledge Centre and introduce programs that bridge the digital divide. She will continue to mentor young people on the use of different digital art mediums, such as computers, cameras, projectors, recording and sound equipment, exposing them to endless new opportunities. For all digital activities, Nickeema will focus on sustainable outcomes and pathways.

Nickeema is nominated by: Australian Red Cross, Rockhampton

Building opportunities with art, youth and digital technologies

Located in Woorabinda

Nickeema Williams combines art and digital technologies to create opportunities for young people and promote positive change in disadvantaged communities.

She is based in Woorabinda, a remote aboriginal community west of Rockhampton. The community has high unemployment. Few community members have access to internet, or any exposure to digital technologies beyond mobile phones. Nickeema works in many ways to turn this around. She is a practicing artist, a youth worker for the Australian Red Cross, and a community connector for Hitnet Innovations, an Australian company that produces rich learning media with and for those living on the wrong side of the digital divide.

Nickeema primarily helps people aged 12–17 by:

  • showing them how to access online services
  • helping them research employment and education opportunities
  • assisting with digital device set-up and technical problems
  • teaching, healing and upskilling by combining art, fashion and technology
  • supporting the Mimosa Studios program, which helps young people create music videos, short films and songs, and teaches them software, basic sound engineering and lighting.

Nickeema is also involved in public speaking and advisory work. This year she will be speaking at the Broadband for the Bush summit in Perth about the creative use of digital technology within an Indigenous context.

As a digital champion, Nickeema wants to increase the digital literacy of community members of all ages. As well as her existing work and activities, she will support the Queensland State Library to set up the Woorabinda Indigenous Knowledge Centre and introduce programs that bridge the digital divide. She will continue to mentor young people on the use of different digital art mediums, such as computers, cameras, projectors, recording and sound equipment, exposing them to endless new opportunities. For all digital activities, Nickeema will focus on sustainable outcomes and pathways.

Nickeema is nominated by: Australian Red Cross, Rockhampton