Cox Inall Ridgeway believes in bringing Indigenous knowledge and expertise together with modern technologies to contribute to solutions for policy challenges that are modern, adaptable and future-proofed. Cox Inall Ridgeway and Isobar Australia are co-developing an app using Augmented Reality (AR), to bring Indigenous stories to life.

Named Ngarandi, which means ‘to know’ in the Eora language of the Aboriginal clan groups from around the Sydney region, the initial focus of the technology is cultural tourism driven by strengthening connection to place and story.

Cox Inall Ridgeway is working with its tech partner Isobar, to map and identify appropriate content in the form of Indigenous stories and experiences and then using them to create an engaging AR experience for tourists and others within the Sydney region. Cox Inall Ridgeway is drawing on its strong experience in cultural mapping and community engagement expertise to ensure that Indigenous stories are captured and communicated respectfully, as well as being able to open up new connections to land, culture and community.

A pilot app was launched during NAIDOC Week 2019 in collaboration with the Sydney Living Museums and we are currently seeking partners in tourism, urban design and precincts, cultural institutions and Aboriginal organisations who are interested in developing the technology further for specific sites, experiences and cultural or historical moments.