Updated: Mar 23, 2021
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A digital wallet designed for Indigenous people and seasonal workers in need of a way to easily access their identification and personal documents has been announced as the champion in the Innovate with nbn grants program. The program, begun in October last year and delivered in partnership with the Regional Australia Institute, gave technology-led businesses in regional Australia the chance to share in $95,000 to support the development of their innovative, digitally-led idea. Two Queensland agricultural businesses helmed by female leaders, Black Box Co and Cattlesales.com.au, were among seven winners announced this Adelaide Hills O&G received the health award for their work towards enabling access to scans previously only available in Adelaide by providing real-time streaming of tertiary level ultrasounds to city-based specialists for review. Airguides, a Gold Coast-based tour operator offering trips created in partnership with high-profile Australian storytellers, won the tourism section, while a Sunshine Coast business, Sunshine Butterflies took out the education award. It will use its grant to further programs that help people living with an intellectual and/or physical disability in regional Queensland to learn technology-based skills including basic coding, flying drones and 3D printing. The arts award went to Disability Club and DME3, a social media network and music streaming service for people who live with a disability, based in the Bega Valley, NSW. Each section winner received $10,000 to take their innovations to the next level, while HoldAccess, based at Palmerston in the Northern Territory, received an extra $25,000 as the champion digital innovation.