At Telstra Vantage™ 2019, I was thrilled to be able to showcase some of the latest projects I’m working on that leverage emerging technologies to improve our lives.

Talking to people from a huge range of industries, I was reminded that knowledge-sharing is what helps turn big ideas into realities. I’m lucky to be able to say that part of my job is spreading the word about tomorrow’s capabilities.

Before joining Telstra, I had worked for tech companies in India, the Middle East, Italy, Finland, Mexico, Ecuador, San Francisco and China. I wanted to expand my global exposure, and, knowing that Australia is at the forefront of innovation, I set my sights on a job here. My brother lives here too, so moving to Australia was the perfect opportunity to find a good balance between work and family.

Working for the right employer is one of the biggest components of career progression, so choosing to join Telstra was a no-brainer. I knew working here would give me the chance to be at the heart of innovation, ensuring safety, security and adoption of new technologies at scale, to drive efficiency and performance.

My role as a Technology Solutions Senior Specialist

In my role at Telstra, innovation is my bread and butter. I work in Telstra Labs where our mission is to identify and recommend new technologies to the business that will help to drive growth.

This means I work with emerging technologies like VR, AR, AI, 5G and IoT to better understand how we can use these technologies to improve our products and enhance our customers’ experiences. No two days are the same, but every day is exciting.

One really cool project I’m working on at the moment is socially engaging immersive entertainment. In a nutshell, this takes VR technology – which has so far been a relatively isolated experience – and transforms it into a social and engaging activity.

For example, if I want to watch a sports game, I can invite my friends and family from anywhere in the world to watch it with me, synchronised frame-for-frame in real-time via virtual headsets. We can also use our digital avatars to make gestures like smiling, winking and high-fiving.

The possibilities for collaborative VR experiences extend beyond the consumer and into the enterprise business realm too. This is just one example of how emerging technologies like VR, 5G and 8K image resolution will reshape our everyday lives.

What makes Telstra different?

I can honestly say that the culture at Telstra is amazing, especially in Telstra Labs. I’m part of a very diverse team from all over the world with a wide skillset, spanning everything from coding and development to business strategy, implementation and partners’ management.

We’re continuously working together to improve our products and help each other solve problems. We complement and challenge each other in a positive way – and that’s an ideal culture to have in any department.

Above all, working at Telstra, I’m empowered to make good decisions. I’m valued, respected and invested in. I’m inspired to innovate and to lead – to try new things and be bold. Rather than being told what to do, I’m told: “Show us what you can do”.

That’s not only great for personal career progression – it also inspires me to help build a better world.

Are you fascinated by emerging technology? Great news – we’re looking for talented people to join our team. You can search and apply for jobs on the Telstra Careers website.