Mikaela Jade

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Indigital

Mikaela Jade is a Cabrogal woman of the Dharug-speaking nation of Sydney. Her company, Indigital, founded in 2014, is Australia’s first Indigenousedu-tech company. Indigital is built on a belief that together we can use digital technologies to express 80,000 years of human knowledge whileengaging our people in education that leads to skills, jobs, and wealth creation to build a stronger future for all. Indigital Schools, the company’sflagship program, is an Elder-led, fully curriculum-integrated exploration of cultural expressions, heritage and knowledge through augmented and mixed reality production. It exists to preserve, access and share traditional knowledge, language and law. Mikaela and her company have achieved several honours. In 2019 Mikaela addressed the UN in New York to demonstrate the impact of new technologies in Indigenous communities, she is a World Economic Forum Global Futures Council Member, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues delegate, and an Indigenous Entrepreneur in Residence at theUniversity of Wollongong. Mikaela joined Microsoft Australia's Reconciliation Action Plan Advisory Board in 2018 and, in addition to recently completing a Master of Applied Cybernetics (with Commendation) at the Australian National University’s School of Cybernetics, was included in TheAustralian’s 100 Top Innovators List. Mikaela is a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur awardee.

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