Dr Sargent completed his PhD at Sydney University. I was fortunate to meet him in my first ever class in IACT406 electronic commerce in 2002, where I was the lecturer and subject coordinator. Jason's first assessment task was that good, that it was published in a text edited by the wonderful late Professor Elaine Lawrence.
Jason did his honours thesis with me on one of the most innovative projects I've ever had the pleasure of supervising- long before most in the humanitarian sector were thinking this way: "Digital Aid Frameworks". Jason wears his heart on his sleeve and it has brought me so much joy to watch him develop as one of Australia's finest academics in the social impact of technology space. A successful NCP Colombo Plan applicant, Jason has travelled far and wide, no dearer to him than his beloved India. Check him out on @digidogood on Twitter.
Swinburne University of Technology students are moving beyond the classroom and applying their IT and business skills to help remote tribal communities in India connect with the rest of the world.
The IT for Social Impact India Project links students with community groups in Mumbai and villages including Pal and Jamnya to explore ways of providing positive social impact through technology.
Passionate about making a positive change, lecturer in information systems, Dr Jason Sargent, has accompanied students on two trips to India since the program started in 2014.
“I’ve had the privilege of seeing first-hand how this trip changes our students. They are making a difference and in the end they come away with a profound learning experience,” says Dr Sargent.
Among the feathers in Jason's cap include: QS International Higher Education Impact Award
Dr Sargent won the first ever Best Staff Mobility Experience award for Swinburne’s IT for Social Impact India study tour, a project that helped improve access to technology for communities and school children in India.
The award recognises the impact of international mobility experiences on the personal lives and achievements of both staff and students. It also celebrates the dedication and effort that goes into developing these life-changing experiences.
“To be recognised by international peers who design and support short-term mobility student projects is a huge honour I accept on behalf of my students who journey through India with me and colleagues who have supported me,” says information systems lecturer, Dr Sargent.
“It’s wonderful to see Swinburne on the map as an institution for delivering world-class local and global IT for Social Impact projects.”