ICDP provides many opportunities for Pacific Connect Community members to strengthen relationships by working on economic development projects that arise from Pacific Connect Dialogues or Workshops. These collaborative initatives apply innovative technology solutions to Pacific challenges.
Learn more about the projects by clicking on the tabs below.
Creating a virtual village to capture history, culture and educate on Climate Change.
Shifting Homes is a Virtual Reality (VR) experience that is all about creating a Virtual Environment to bring a Samoan village to life, recreating its past and present in an immersive and vivid way. The project will
document rising waters and further dramatic outcomes indicated through scientific data, and will present the impact of Climate Change on a village. Shifting homes will also explore future solutions in how the village will need to adapt in terms of housing and settlement. The contemporary VR artwork and experience will preserve and archive heritage and culture, and will provide new technology, mentorship, and up-skilling to Samoan youth and communities.
The project came to life at the Pacific Connect Network Dialogue on Creative Industries (Samoa, May 2019),bringing together Australian company, DP Immersive with a team of Samoan academics, historians and digital media and culture experts involved with the Pacific Connect Community network. The team has received over $75,000 in grants and awards, and is presenting the experience at this year’s 17th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale Di Venezia.
Using technology to empower people with disability
“How do we improve accessibility and lifestyles for people with disability in Fiji?” This question, asked at the Pacific Connect Dialogue on Assistive Technology (July 2019, Fiji) sparked an innovative collaborative project between Australian and Pacific Islander technology, business and disability leaders. After months of
collaboration and planning, the Mobile Me Project was provided financial support ICDP (ICDP) for the development of amobile app to collect accessibility data by Australian technology company Common Code.
On International Day of People with Disability (2019), the Mobile Me Team launched Phase 1 of the project via a coordinated, street-level data collection (mapathon) in the Suva business district. Over 100 volunteers collected more than 300 pieces of data using the easy-to-use mobile app that stores the type, location and description of infrastructure.
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