It's my great honour to be included amongst 11 fearless female founders to watch in 2018, by Anne-Marie Elias (Women's Agenda Setter of the Year) and Angela Priestly (Women's Agenda). These women (including Anne-Marie and Angela) are doing work that matters and I'm pretty sure that if the other women are anything like me, doing it against the odds, but not at odds with our core purpose.
Not a 'value proposition' we dreamed up in a workshop to justify our MVP - our true reason for being that roars loud when we ignore it, even when we want to steal away from it for those few hours or days of sanity.
My journey is not really about the technology. The fire in my belly was ignited in 2012 when I was dying inside from severe depression. Actually, I can't even say it was 'ignited' as such. My core purpose was a small flicker in the last part of the dying ember. I was so depressed I tried to snuff it out, unsuccessfully (thankfully).
In 2013 I quit my public service job, and the whoosh from the total free-fall from financial security was enough to ignite the flame - quickly. I became involved in augmented reality, my culture and international human rights all at once.
It's been 4 years in the making pulling these elements together in Indigital in a format that works for our communities. After learning how to speak business, learning how to do business, learning how to speak in public, learning how to ask for help, learning to be brave enough to lead, turning up to the UNPFII to champion Indigenous digital rights, reading over 30 business books, building an international team, cracking cutting edge tech so it could work in Australia's remote outback, becoming a drone pilot, countless coffees, chats and Skypes with experts in various fields, pitching, pitching, pitching, a Kickstarter and having a few epic fails later I'm totally going to own my place on this list.
And I'm going to share it with other women I know, who've taught me, been honest with me, connected me, promoted me, and picked me up when shit has gotten real. Women who have risked it all for their communities just to sure up the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs before going on to change the world through their work.
These are women who get up to a paid job for a full day's work (which is often referred to as 'the real job' by others) while they work on their enterprises through the night and into the early hours of the morning. Only to do it all again the next day.For.Years.
Women who have walked 8km in 45 degree heat after losing their child to suicide who turn up to work not just to be paid, but to keep their culture alive by sharing a small part of it with visitors to their Country.
Women who raise funding rounds and build the best incubators in the country, to raise womens success in the tech sector.
Women who use global brands as trojan horses to empower women in technology careers.
Women who are in the back rooms of politics raising the profile of other fearless women to make much needed change.
Women who stare down the board rooms of corporations who carry out environmental genocide - and legally win - after working away at the company shareholders to force change when the Board wouldn't.
Women who I've stood by while they totally own the room in the United Nations General Assembly Hall defending their right to water, land and their tongue.
Women who have been assassinated for defending their human rights and the rights of their environments.
I know all these women. After spending time amongst these women, I have noexcuses for not giving it my best shot with everything I have.
So do. Follow us. Talk about us. Lend your skills, knowledge and share your networks with us. Buy our products. Give us feedback.
When women find a solution to a pressing challenge - we don't hoard it, we find a way to amplify it. I applaud Anne-Marie and Angela for consistently amplifying our stories.