Zero Project: Tech Challenge


Using technology to help Adelaide’s homeless people to connect and belong

How will the funding be spent?

The funding will be spent to:
Understand - research will be commissioned to gain a better understanding of the core challenges for those experiencing homelessness.
Engage and Connect - through conversations with homeless people and hosting a series of workshops with a range of service providers and the technology industry.
Document and share - all of the knowledge and information gained throughout the process will be written up in an engaging way and shared.

How will the project be delivered?

In 3 phases over 9 months beginning Oct 17
1. Research will be commissioned
2. Launch event to individuals and orgs. Partner orgs lead conversations with homeless people and workshops with service providers, local business, technology industry and Government to generate ideas and identify collaborative new solutions
3. Knowledge and information will be written up and shared in engaging ways with homeless people, the SA community, SA service providers and across Australia.
Closing event, Jun 18.

How many people will directly benefit from this project?


How will you measure the impact of this project?

The impact of the Zero Project Adelaide: Tech Challenge will be captured throughout the project and communicated in an engaging way. This will include a summary of the research findings, an account of what homeless people, service providers had to say including their ideas and proposed future solutions.

How will the project fit this year's theme of ‘Connect, Grow, Build, Belong’?

Homeless people are among the most vulnerable people in our community. Mobile phones are essential for survival and help homeless people stay safe, especially during high risk situations. Mobile phones and internet access help homeless people to access and gain new skills, build financial stability and exit homelessness. The project will help homeless people connect to services, information and the community through technology to grow their capacity and strengthen their sense and of belonging.

Organisation details

Organisation Name

Don Dunstan Foundation

What does this organisation do?

The Zero Project Adelaide - Tech Challenge is a collaborative partnership project of the Don Dunstan Foundation (Lead Agency), Together SA, Common Ground Adelaide and the Hutt St Centre.
The Don Dunstan Foundation (DDF) is a leading think tank in South Australia that addresses social justice and human rights issues through research, public events, collaborative projects and creating new ventures.
Together SA brings its expertise, independent facilitation and energy to impact the social change that local people seek. Working with communities who want to collaborate and tackle complex social problems, and inspire communities to create a better future.
Hutt St Centre is a place of hope and opportunity, helping people facing homelessness to rebuild their lives, without judgement.
Common Ground Adelaide a not-for-profit organisation providing high quality housing coupled with resources and support for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.


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