Indigenous HCI

Workshop theme

The ‘Indigenous HCI’ workshop aims to bring together researchers (Indigenous and otherwise) who work or are planning to work with Indigenous communities to design and evaluate digital technologies.

This workshop is oriented to connection and discussion. Our aim is to meet people working in this space, develop links, and share ideas and experiences. Participants need not write a paper, but should email the organizers to describe their work in this space. Accepted participants who wish to circulate an example of their work before the workshop will be enabled to do this via the web page.

The workshop is oriented also to inclusion, and we encourage people from diverse backgrounds, including people outside HCI or outside academia, to take part.

Our long-term aim is to establish Indigenous HCI as an ongoing theme in Australian HCI.

Workshop Dates

The workshop will be held on Tuesday 4 December 2018 from 9:30-4:30.

Workshop organisers

  • A/Professor Dr Christopher Lawrence
  • Dr Tuck Wah Leong
  • Dr Joel Fredericks
  • Dr Greg Wadley
  • Indigenous honours student Aimee Woods

Centre for Indigenous Technology Research & Development (,
Faculty of Engineering & IT
University of Technology Sydney

Call for participation

Researchers are invited to join a one day workshop on Indigenous HCI held at OzCHI 2018 Melbourne. The workshop will focus on research and education in Indigenous HCI. We invite participants who are researching in the area or interested in learning more about technologies and Indigenous communities, and those who are educating students in the design and development domain. This will include academics, app developers and industry partners wanting to make a real difference for Indigenous Australians.

Participants are invited to submit a 200 word abstract of their proposed presentation.

Papers are to be submitted by 2 November 2018 through email to or


Located Knowledge

We are working with Google to set up located knowledge projects that can be incorporated into Google Maps or Google Earth to enhance the story sharing capabilities of mainstream technology.

The system will enable Aboriginal knowledge and language to be shared using the location based GIS system to inform all people of the creative and beautiful nature of this country and its First Peoples.

This will link many of our other projects to provide more opportunities to build self-expression and story sharing online.


Indigenous Graduates in IT and Engineering

We are working with various partners to develop IT and Engineering skills amongst the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community

This includes Google and CBA who wish to provide internships to Indigenous students to give then the opportunity to learn these skills in a highly supportive environment, and also for the companies to take advantage of the highly creative and innovative skills of the First Peoples.

We will be displaying various projects as practical engagement expereince for high school students as part of the UTS Galuwa experience  this year.

Indigenous Graduate Attributes

The Centre will be developing projects and material to embed Indigenous Knowledge into the UTS Engineering and IT curriculum. There will be many approaches to this, including the Enduring Engineering material and app

We are also working with BlackCard training to develop an online site to cover Aboriginal perspectives on management governance (this was initially developed for CBA)


Learning Games located

We are working with Tomas Trescak and Michael Rampe (Macquarie Uni) and the PowerHouse Museum to create Virtual Reality artefacts and games for people to share and use to develop new immersive learning experiences. We are also working wtih Brett Leavy (Virtual Kamay) to add language to his virtual worlds

This work will provide practical projects for students to engage with VR in a setting that incorporates Indigenous knowledge, language and protocols.

Block Chain for Indigenous Copyright

We are working with a group of Block Chain experts in Sydney and Mikaela Jade from to develop a prototype system to digitally support copyright and the preservation of IP for indigenous art work

Mikaela Jade will be demonstrating her work linking Indigenous art to Video material from the artist and the country which the art is from, at UTS in August TBC.

This work will be linked to the development of IT embedded in art projects by Nadeena Dixon. The team partners so far are:

Philippa Ryan (Law UTS), Brad Cooke and Andrew Despi (CBA), Sam Brooks (UTS) Leah  Lucas (CIU UTS)

Cancer App

We working in partnership with Dr Shadi Erfani from the UTS School of Systems Management and Leadership. This is a collaboration with the School of Software which may partner with cancer institute to provide an app that is suitable and effective for Indigenous users.

Close the Gap with data evidence

We are working with Scott Avery from the First Peoples Disability Network to develop a visual display of data relating to Aboriginal health, particularly in the area of disability and disability support. This will be presented at the Data Arena in UTS in Close the Gap week 2017

This will be a virtual reality data visualisation display to assist government and providers to understand the situation and the ongoing needs of disabled First Peoples in Australia.

Michael Mieni is working on this project collecting data and developing the display.

Diabetes support

We are working with Prof Sandra Eades on a project with the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute to provide a mobile based survey for users to track and manage their lifestyle

This project is being run in conjunction with the Software Development Studio at UTS, where a group of students will be developing the app in consultation with the clients prof Sandra Eades and Assoc Prof Christopher Lawrence

We are grateful to Julia Prior at UTS for setting up the Studio and supporting these projects.

Technological Garden

Jumbunna is getting a new garden, and this will incorporate digital services to provide visitors with information on each plant. Aunty Fran Bodkin will be providing the information on the medicinal and nutritional properties of the plants used in the garden

Tamatau Faleono will be providing some of the technology to support the display with assistance from Tuck Wah Leong