Combining tech + animals or tech + Indigenous culture could unlock a purposeful career
Warami!* Today is Indigenous Literacy Day, and to celebrate Sydney Zoo is showcasing a bunch of 3D augmented reality animals created by school students as part of a tech program that’s been running in Western Sydney.
At the zoo you can see the animals on your mobile phone and at the same time learn about Indigenous languages and culture.
It’s the result of a collab between the zoo, Microsoft, local Indigenous Elders (Dharug people), and First Nations tech company Indigital.
“Young students in Western Sydney have been on a deep learning journey about their local Aboriginal Dharug Country (Nura), language and animals in their classrooms,” says Indigital founder Mikaeala Jade.
“At the same time, they’re building critical technology skills important for jobs of the future – building digital literacy.”
Australia is home to more than 250 Indigenous languages and around 800 dialects. Unfortunately, many of these are at risk of being lost as Elders are often the only fluent speakers. Only 120 languages are still used and 100 of them are considered endangered.
Combining tech + Indigenous language and culture is on the rise as people seek to preserve not only languages but other aspects of their culture.
If you’re interested in a career in this area you could combine a Certificate in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management with a Bachelor of Digital Media, for example.
Or if working with animals is your dream, you could combine science with technology for a career using animation, coding or augmented reality.
In fact, there are so many new careers emerging combining tech + animals, whether it be using drones, wearable animal tech or in cutting edge vet surgery.
Or you could even help build tech to help stop the illegal wildlife trade.
*Warami is a Dharug word meaning ‘good to see you’.