Legends is a world-first program exploring how the use of emerging and immersive technologies can help address the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) health crisis in the Pacific region. 

The program was conceived from a hackathon event at the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade innovationXchange (DFAT iXc) in Canberra, where over 40 professionals from the development, communications, technical and health sectors explored solutions using civically centred technological tools, which ultimately led to the birth of this program.

For Legends, I managed a diverse and complex project portfolio across Fiji (Beyond the Stars) and Tonga (Our Special Island), including leading bilateral relations between the Australian, Tongan and Fijian Governments to successfully deliver two interactive education programs in primary schools across the two island nations.

During the program I negotiated and secured support from various private sector entities, including KPMG to lend in-country logistic support, and international telecommunication organisations Vodafone and Huawei to provide hardware devices and mobile data free of charge for the duration of the program.

In addition to these relationships, I oversaw a multifunctional team of professionals specialised in the fields of hardware and software development, communications, operations and business development. I had overall responsibility for stakeholder and people management, strategic planning and implementation, budget management, program development, risk management, external relations and program evaluation.

My considered approach led to support of the program in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministries of Health and Education in Tonga and Fiji, in addition to a Cabinet Paper ratified by the Fijian Government – a first for my employer SecondMuse.

Legends – Overview Video
Legends – End of Program Report
Legends – Technical Innovations in the Pacific Handbook
Beyond the Stars – Evaluation Report
Our Special Island – Evaluation Report