Go Digi visits Elcho Island

Last month Go Digi teamed up with Network Partners, East Arnhem Regional Council (EARC) and The National Centre for Indigenous Excellence (IDX) to deliver IDX Flint. IDX FLINT is a program that sparks the interest, ideas and talent of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in making digital technology.

This year the program brought robotics, drones, and 3D printing to the students of Sheperdson College on Elcho Island. For Patrick, Go Digi’s Community Development Officer, it was four days of fun - building, flying and programming some of the most creative new technologies in the beautiful, tropical setting of the island. The chance to free play with this innovative technology was enjoyed by the trainers as much as the students.

It wasn’t just the local kids learning new things about technology. Go Digi also ran a Talk n’ Tech session at The Galiwinku Aged and Disability Centre. The session gave people at the centre the chance to ask any tech questions they had. Questions ranged from how to book airline tickets online, to how to set up an email account, and to how to use eBay. The questions kept coming and the session was extended for over an hour and half!

The week ended with an open BBQ at the community youth centre, with dozens turning out for a meal, as well as for a game of basketball, a dip in the pool, and to hear some local musicians. It was the perfect end to a great week of building digital skills – thank you to IDX and EARC for including us on the program!