CoderDojo First Nations is helping close the digital divide by teaching Indigenous youth how to code

In a recent interview with Caama Alice Springs our Founder, Dean Foley was asked to talk about the exciting collaboration opportunity with CoderDojo to teach Indigenous youth how to code because of the digital divide.

Also included in this podcast is Minister Nigel Scullion, who discusses the push to see more pre-settlement Indigenous history introduced into Australian primary schools.

Interview - http://caama.com.au/news/2017/strong-voices-01-09-2017

CoderDojo First Nations - https://www.barayamal.com.au/coderdojo/

MEET THE FOUNDER OF AUSTRALIA’S FIRST INDIGENOUS STARTUP WEEKEND

DEAN IS THE FOUNDER OF AUSTRALIA’S FIRST INDIGENOUS STARTUP WEEKEND AND BAYARAMAL(BLACK SWAN), AUSTRALIA’S FIRST INDIGENOUS RUN ACCELERATOR FOR INDIGENOUS BUSINESSES.

Meet Dean Foley, a 27-year-old Kamilaroi man and the founder of Australia’s first Indigenous Startup Weekend and Barayamal an Indigenous startup accelerator to showcase Indigenous entrepreneurs.

After finishing Year 12, Dean left his hometown of Gunnedah in rural NSW to join the RAAF.

“The RAAF was an awesome experience but when I learnt about Richard Branson and entrepreneurship I discovered my real interest is in business. So I decided to pursue my dream career of becoming an ‘Entrepreneur.’”

“I rushed into the business world with a ton of enthusiasm, I was fortunate enough to run into a business guru who gave me greater clarity about what I wanted to achieve, which has allowed me to enjoy the process/journey,” Dean said. [Read More...]

Barayamal partners with CoderDojo to launch coding clubs focused on Indigenous Australians

Indigenous-focused accelerator program Barayamal has partnered with global kids coding initiative CoderDojo to launch CoderDojo First Nations, a network of coding clubs aimed at Indigenous Australians.

First Nations will leverage CoderDojo’s resources of volunteer-led community programming clubs, which cater to young people from ages seven to seventeen, to provide educational sessions that teach participants how to code, build a website, and create an app or game.

Dean Foley, Barayamal’s founder, said the program will aim to bridge the digital skills gap for Indigenous Australians, providing students with the skills required to tackle the growing digital economy. [Read more...]

New Podcast for Indigenous Entrepreneurs

When I left the Royal Australian Air Force it was challenging at times to reach out and meet successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs to discuss entrepreneurship and learn from them, which is why we've created a new podcast, Indigipreneur.

Indigipreneur has deadly conversations with some of the most successful Indigenous entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders who will share their stories, tips, and advice on how to start and grow businesses.

Barayamal partners with Fishburners to launch program for Indigenous entrepreneurs

Indigenous-focused accelerator program Barayamal has announced partnership with Fishburners that will see four Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs selected to take participate in its new three month ‘Budding Entrepreneurs Program’.

Designed to nurture innovative ideas, the program will give each participant access to Barayamal’s Entrepreneurship Development Program, where they will be mentored by the Barayamal network and take part in workshops, with the organisation promising “culturally appropriate support”.

Participants will be able to choose between residing at Fishburners’ Brisbane or Sydney locations, with the latter to be situated in the new $35 million startup hub currently being developed with funding from the NSW Government.

Indigenous entrepreneurs making change

The founder of Barayamal, a business accelerator program for Indigenous start-ups, left a career with Royal Australian Air Force to pursue his dream of getting into business in Brisbane.

“It wasn’t the smartest idea, leaving secure employment to live off zero dollars,” he said.

However, he was accepted into a Graduate Certificate of Business Administration at Griffith University and used his own experiences to launch the grass-roots, indigenous-owned initiative.  

A proud Kamilaroi man, Dean Foley was born in Brisbane but grew up in Gunnedah, New South Wales.

Believing he wasn’t smart enough to go to university, he pursued another goal – serving in the Australian Defence Force.

His time with the RAAF proved valuable – teaching Mr Foley a range of skills, including discipline, and opening his eyes to the world outside his small hometown.

The coding workshop future-proofing budding Indigenous entrepreneurs

Twenty Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have learnt valuable tech skills to prepare them to launch their careers, or even their own future businesses.

Before today, Kimberley Wren had often thought about a career in the tech industry, but never thought she was cut out for it. 

But following an entrepreneurship and coding workshop in Brisbane, the 15-year-old has changed her mindset.

"I’ve never really thought I had the right skills for it, but now I see that I can build my skills easily," she tells NITV News. 

Kimberley was one of 20 students from Capalaba State College who took part in the workshop, which involved public speaking and problem solving activities designed to boost students' confidence and communication skills. 

http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2017/06/09/coding-workshop-future-proofing-budding-indigenous-entrepreneurs

Global accelerator program Techstars opens in Adelaide to tap defence industry

Some of the most successful start-ups to come out of the accelerator to date include cloud server provider Digital Ocean, which is nearing a $US1 billion valuation, cloud-based customer communication platform SendGrid and the creators of the toy BB-8 droid Sphero.

Techstars joins a growing list of accelerators launching in Australia in 2017, including Europe's Startupbootcamp and the country's first accelerator program for Indigenous entrepreneurs, which is being launched by Slingshot and Barayamal, and there are also plans for a sharing economy accelerator called The Sharing Hub.

http://www.afr.com/technology/global-accelerator-program-techstars-opens-in-adelaide-to-tap-defence-industry-20170108-gto0mk

Inside Brisbane's Indigenous Startup Program

Five innovative Indigenous startups have been selected to attend a "mini" four-week business-accelerator program at The Capital, the recently opened dedicated venue in Brisbane's CBD for digital technology startups and entrepreneurs.

The program is offered by Barayamal, a new not-for-profit business, which will run Australia's first Indigenous accelerator program from mid-2017.

Barayamal means "Black Swan" in Kamilaroi language and the goal of the program is to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people build successful businesses through entrepreneurship training and programs...

http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2016/11/inside-brisbanes-indigenous-startup-program/

Get ready for a new wave of Indigenous Australian startups

According to Kamilaroi man Dean Foley, many of the programs offering business skills to Indigenous Australians only "tick boxes." They're just not the right thing for would-be founders of global tech companies.

http://mashable.com/2016/11/17/indigenous-australian-accelerator/#ZitgeSvLW8qa