Melbourne’s Digital Changemakers

Making a Difference Through Digital Social Innovation

Monday 5 September 6 – 7.30pm University of Melbourne

A panel discussion exploring the role of technology in contributing to social impact. Hear from digital changemakers, passionate social entrepreneurs and hacktivists as they share their experiences using digital solutions to address ‘wicked policy and social challenges’. Clickability, Ask Izzy and Not The Only One are all examples of the emerging phenomenon of digital social innovation #DSI4AU. Hosted by Melbourne Social Equity Institute as part of the Digital Innovation Festival Victoria.

This panel will showcase leading Victorian innovators who are using technology to address social challenges. Hosted at the University of Melbourne this is part of a larger project supported by the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, Melbourne School of Government, IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology and the Pearcey Foundation.


Australian digital social innovators lead the way and Melbournian’s are part of this emerging ‘movement’ of tech entrepreneurs and innovators or ‘changemakers’ in civil society.

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Clicakbility is a startup social enterprise that’s disrupting disability services. Their consumer-driven service directory features ratings and reviews from the people who actually use the services. Clickability is a platform for people to share their experience of different services as a consumer, carer, worker, or advocate.

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Infoxchange have been using technology for social justice for 25 years. Identifying almost 80 percent of people who are homeless have smartphones, they used technology to help tackle this complex social problem. Ask Izzy is a mobile website that connects people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with essential services such as shelter, food, clothing and health care.

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MAEVe, Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence against women and their children, violence based approaches to addressing complex policy challenges are also engaging with technology at  Not The Only One is a safe online space for women to anonymously read, share, and connect with each other’s stories. It aims to give women currently experiencing violence or who have survived violence a voice, and to help them realise that there are other women out there with similar stories. This follows the eSafe Relationships forum on technology and violence against women and the public panel Does technology do more good than harm? held at University of Melbourne in February 2016.

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There is a flurry of activity powered by #tech4good. However, there is a need to build a better understanding of innovation and impact at the intersection of technology and social change. So it is timely that the DSI4AU digital social innovation project seeks to crowdmap Australia’s digital changemakers. Funded by governments, philanthropists and impact investors – the common drive to ‘do things differently’ and ‘think digital first’. This panel aims to showcase just a few of the great Victorians using digital tools to drive social change.

If you’re interested to learn more about how technology is being utilised to address social challenges and hear from those on the frontline, please register via Eventbrite.

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This event is part of the Digital Innovation Festival Victoria running 26 August to 9 September visit the #DIF calendar for more events.

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kellyLead by Kelly Hutchinson, a digital analyst and social change agent. Kelly is a researcher and manager experienced in not-for-profits, social enterprises, government, SMEs and tech startups. Awarded Master’s degrees in Communications (2002) and in Business IT (2007) RMIT University. Currently undertaking her PhD with the University of Melbourne ‘Mapping Australia’s Digital Changemakers’. She serves as Deputy Chair of the Pearcey Foundation and Victorian Coordinator of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology. Kelly has been A3.0 Program Manager since its inception and is currently the Digital Innovation Festival Victoria Wrangler for the State Government. For further information, read the Hacking Philanthropy article which originally featured in Generosity Mag. @kelhutchinson @dsi4au.