The rate of change in technology is accelerating, presenting opportunities to create new innovative products, services and differentiating customer experiences. We work with industry partners, start-ups and non-profits to deliver practical solutions across Australia and around the world.
Telstra’s investments in cloud storage, the Internet of Things, and applications give us new tools for creating a more sustainable environment, promising major dividends in energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions. While there is great potential across the economy, we see the agriculture sector as one where technologies have the potential to both significantly reduce carbon emissions and save Australian farmers millions of dollars.
Through our philanthropic arm, the Telstra Foundation, we’re supporting inspiring not-for-profit organisations that are transforming the lives of vulnerable young people. This year we invested in digital learning experiences in schools, public libraries and remote Indigenous communities as well as adaptive communications technologies to support the deafblind community, e-health tools for clinicians working in youth mental health, and robotics and wearable technology for children living with cerebral palsy.
Progress in FY17
- In FY17, we launched Telstra Labs – a single identity that brings together our innovation and tech capability.
- Telstra topped a new corporate innovation index that ranks the top 50 ASX listed companies by their investments in corporate ventures, accelerators, incubators, internal innovation labs, co-working spaces and start-ups.
- We released the white paper Regional Australia’s Technology Future, which examines the opportunities that innovation and new technology may bring to regional communities across Australia.
- Launched our Cloud Calculator to help enterprise and small businesses considering their move to the cloud.
- Launched our Telstra Smart Home platform.
- Through the Telstra Foundation, we partnered with thirteen charity and social enterprise partners to enable young people to thrive online. We committed $6 million in community programs and partnerships in addition to facilitating $ 1.4 million in charitable donations from Telstra employees and Telstra shareholders.
- In FY17, our investments supported 72,704 young people to create with technology, safely. We enabled 3,126 community focussed organisations (non-profits, libraries, schools and community groups) to connect with learning opportunities in digital citizenship, STEAM and digital making. We also upskilled 6,708 digital guides – a mix of Telstra employees, librarians, teachers, Indigenous Elders and other community leaders – to support young people to explore the positive benefits of being connected.
- We continued to invest in helping non-profits that work with young people to reimagine their products and services with technology.