Connecting Innovation with Diversity

Last Thursday, I had the honour of being the keynote speaker at the South Australian Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) iAwards Gala Dinner. The event brought together the South Australian information industry community to recognise their top innovations. The South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill, spoke at the event and kicked off the award announcements.

I spoke about the connection between diversity and innovation, sharing a dynamic set of short videos and commercials with my audience. I touched on the important role the information industry has played in enhancing the lives of people, particularly those with a disability.  See the NBN video that I shared on the night.

I then shared the award winning and very creative Blackbird with the audience, as an example of global collaboration and an example of diversity and inclusion in technology. See this video that brings the Blackbird to life and will change the way you look at the next car commercial. And finally, I shared this wonderful commercial from Denmark’s television channel TV2 Denmark called “All that we Share”.

I left the audience with a call to action, asking them how they will harness the benefits of diversity and inclusion in their roles tomorrow, by drawing on our Inclusive Leadership Program content for running inclusive meetings.

One of my highlights from the night was the award-winning Year 9 students from Murray Bridge High School giving me the opportunity to play their computer game, designed to support students with dealing effectively with bullying! Reducing bullying in the work place is a topic we are very focussed on at Diversity Inclusion with our “Call it Out” Program.

Congratulations to all the award winners from last Thursday night’s iAwards! It was a great event and thank you for including me in the celebrations!