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NAID 2022 wrap- KJR claims top two prizes

Events Innovation

KJR claims the top two NAID prizes

The NAID 2022 wrap features a very happy KJR team who walked away with first and second prizes after a weekend of connecting with First Nations experts, data scientists and fellow technologists at James Cook University’s Ideas Lab. Over 70 participants came together to develop artificial intelligence and machine learning-enabled solutions to community challenges in far North Queensland under the guidance of Traditional Owners who joined as subject matter experts on the workshop topics.

Congratulations to our KJR consultants part of the team Yalada who took out first place for their work on sea coral classification and detection for Indigenous sea rangers. Over the two days, team Yalada proposed the implementation of a coral classification process that cut the time it takes Gidargil Bundaberg sea rangers to identify, count and classify seasonal sea coral by over 50%, and introduce predictive analysis for the prevention of further damage to their reef.

Round of applause also goes to the events only hybrid remote-in-person team Drumbeat AI on claiming runners up for their project tackling middle ear disease amongst Indigenous populations. The 90% KJR-inhabited team worked on an AI-enabled otoscope to detect early signs of tympanic abnormality, working across the country to get the solution pitch over the line in time.

The Northern Australian Indigenous Datathon has been birthplace to several innovative culturally led tech-driven solutions including the data capture KJR is currently completing with West Yalanji for the protection of their high value cultural assets on Quinkan country.

NAID 2022 wrap

The event

The Northern Australian Indigenous Datathon (NAID) is a yearly community and technology workshop spearheaded by James Cook University in Cairns that powers the exploration of data-driven solutions to real-world Indigenous community challenges.  

The 2022 edition ran from  Friday 21st October through Sunday 23rd October at JCU’s Ideas Lab Cairns campus and welcomed a diverse group of participants, traditional owners, community leaders, students and technologists who collaborated to solve unique challenges faced by local Indigenous communities using data driven technologies as led by Traditional Owners who are experts in the topic domains. 

The Objective

The purpose of the NAID is to bring individuals of various backgrounds and expertise in one place where they can learn, share and educate on Indigenous culture. The datathon empowers collective innovation using digital technologies to develop practical solutions that can be transferred back into community.