IT consultant Robyn Kamira merged a computer science degree with Maori studies in the early 90s, and unexpectedly stepped onto a pathway that would lead to much more than “just” IT.
Initially, focusing on the impact of technologies on indigenous peoples, she was invited to several international conferences to present perspectives on ‘intellectual and cultural property’ and the international challenges of protecting data and content.
Robyn has worked on several New Zealand Government, indigenous and community IT projects and has been a member of technology Government appointed Boards and Advisory Groups both in New Zealand and internationally.
Today, she believes that while the initial decision to merge IT and Maori was a road “not” yet travelled, the potential for the country and for Maori is critically important as we build our contributions to the global economy and attend to our collective futures.
At this year’s MAV Technology conference, Robyn presents three connected indigenous projects. “Mitimiti on the Grid” (watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dEUXvGTWNY), a game-changer project that brought fibre and high speed telecommunications to an isolated Maori community. “Incredible Skies” – drone R&D for medicines and emergency services where they’re most needed. “Te Reo AI” – a machine learning and AI project aiming to extract insights and value from New Zealand’s indigenous language.