Dot Com Mob donates new Apple hardware to assist the operation of the Papunya Tjupi Art Centre.
It has always been a goal of DCM to support projects that leads to employment so are assisting the art centre in their quest to make the artists more skilled with technology.
The new equipment has enabled the younger artists and workers to show the elders how to use the new technology.
Lelep Wighton (pictured at Papunya Computer Room) was in Papunya for three weeks in November/December to assist with the IT set-up of the Papunya Computer Room’s new premises at Waala Irritja. Waala Irritja is a community owned hall that will be used for running a range of activities, including the Papunya Computer Room. Lelep’s IT project is funded by a grant from funds raised by staff of the Commonwealth Bank, and will cost approximately $6,000.
Last time Lelep was in Papunya he set up a Minecraft intranet at the Papunya Computer Room, so that the kids could all play in same Minecraft world, but on different computers. The Papunya kids have a lot of fun with Minecraft, which is a digital world building game. The Papunya kids still play Minecraft, and are looking forward to updating their skills while Lelep is there. (See photo panel below).
Many thanks to the staff of the Commonwealth Bank, for funding this remote community resource. Your support contributes to reducing Aboriginal disadvantage, and is much appreciated by the kids of Papunya.
So excited that the Dot Com Mob was a successful applicant for a $10,000 grant from the Commonwealth Bank Staff Fund.
The Dot Com Mob, an arm of the Magid Indigenous Benevolent Relief Fund, aims to improve the lives of young people living in remote Indigenous communities by providing access to technology centres, youth IT training, and digital inclusion projects. This Community Grant will be used by the Dot Com Mob to buy laptop computers, software, headphones, digital music keyboards and microphones for the remote Aboriginal community at Papunya, which is experiencing an upsurge in high-risk behaviours. Access to computers and computer-based resources is a very successful engagement and diversion strategy for at-risk youth cohorts.
B1G1's monthly donations to Dot Com Mob ensure a significant benefit to Indigenous children living in very remote communities in the Northern Territory in Australia.
Many thanks to all those people giving small donations which adds up to real change.
https://www.b1g1.com Check out their giving program.
Many thanks to Transform Communications who rather than sending Christmas cards through the mail this year, sent e-cards to their friends and clients via email, so that they could make a donation of the savings to Dot Com Mob.
Many thanks for the generous donation we have just received from Palantir Technologies. What a great start to the year and the money will enable us to buy more laptops to send to youth workers in remote communities.
Check out what they do http://www.palantir.com
In October 2012 Desert Pea Media came to stay in Alpurrurulam for four weeks creating and recording songs and film clips for a DVD / CD compilation that we will be realeasing as apart of the Binge Drinking Program. It's titled "Binge Thinking not drinking" and features 9 film clips and 12 songs that have created over the duration of the program, some which have been showcased here.
This clip is "Children of the Sun" and is a beautiful piece showcasing some of the beautiful country around Alpurrulam and its people.
With the temperature outside soaring past 40 degrees, the youth worker is packing up four of the new laptops donated by Dot Com Mob into a secure travel case. The laptops are off to Alpurrurulam also know as Lake Nash.
Lake Nash is one of the most isolated locations in Australia and the laptops will be used to engage the young people in the community in various learning and creative activities.
The computers have been networked with each other (independent of the internet) to play Minecraft - which is a type of digital Lego game, but more varied and interesting.
In addition, as the laptops are Macs they have creative programs such as Garage Band and iMovie already loaded. The Dot Com Mob, also donated some multi-media keyboards so that the children can enjoy recording their own music.
The computers are sent with workers so there is adequate supervision for their use.
Thanks to generous donations through our fundraising partners, The Sebel Pier One Hotel and B1G1, the Dot Com Mob was able to purchase and donate 8 brand new Apple Mac Pro laptops to three remote Indigenous communities in NT.
The Apple laptops come were shipped with multi-media keyboards which will enable to young people in the communities to play and record their own music.
The exciting and interesting content and challenges that are possible with computer technology continues to engage many community members.
We are looking for donation of second-hand laptops as part of this program. If you have some machines you would like to donate, please contact us for further information.