Nations Connect app to bring together Australia's Indigenous services
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Nations Connect app to bring together Australia's Indigenous services

Local Jacob Keed believes he's invented a "one stop shop" for Australians looking to find local Indigenous services.

Mr Keed's app, Nations Connect, allows people to search near them for local elders or businesses and nearby health, cultural and social services for Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders.

Developer of the Nations Connect mobile app Jacob Keed.

Developer of the Nations Connect mobile app Jacob Keed.

Photo: Jamila Toderas

He said the inspiration for the project was his mother, a "very hardworking single mother" who was always looking for Indigenous programs for him and his brother to take part in.

"What if there was something that held all the information in one spot that could help people like my mother," Mr Keed said.

The app is currently only available on Android as Mr Keed and developers Aftersow wait for Apple to approve it in the App Store.

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Mr Keed said the app would expand as more services and businesses across Australia signed up to be listed on it.

He said it was important for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to be able to easily access Indigenous-orientated services.

"When it comes down to it, just having someone that's empathetic and understanding," Mr Keed said.

The app is also for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to connect with others in their community, whether it's other entrepeneurs or heading to local cultural events.

"We're helping this nation come together. That's why it's called 'Nations Connect'," Mr Keed said.

He recently presented the app to the Canberra Business Yarning Circle, a forum for Indigenous entrepeneurs, the brainchild of ACT Australian of the Year, Dion Devow.

Darkies Design founder and ACT Australian of the Year, Mr Devow said the Yarning Circle was about directly consulting with local Aboriginal people and asking what they needed.

He said it was also about helping out other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses.

"When I started nearly a decade ago there was nothing," Mr Devow said.

"I didn't want any other Aboriginal person to go through the journey I had when I got into business."

He said the Yarning Circle's next workshop was later this month.

Finbar O'Mallon is a reporter for The Canberra Times

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