Dreaming of a better future

Western Australia’s Young Australian of the Year nominee Naomi Henn.
Western Australia’s Young Australian of the Year nominee Naomi Henn.

Naomi Henn (19) is the founder of not-for-profit company Dreamap, which aims to inspire children to live bold, successful, fun, fulfilling lives.

‘I speak at different conferences, schools, mentor one-on-one and coach small workshops,’ she said.

She is also currently working on another company, HandShk.

It would allow users to exchange data in real time via interacting wearable devices.

‘We have made successful prototypes and tested it in corporate environments,’ she said. ‘We aim to ultimately integrate this technology with youth, moving away from the corporate field.

‘Ultimately I would love to help override the negative connotations around technology children and being inactive.’

Ms Henn said she was grateful for her nomination.

‘I feel honoured to have the ability to inspire youth and other teenagers,’ she said.

‘Change is inevitable, but progress takes work. To create lasting change, it needs to occur from the ground up.’

– The Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients for Western Australia will be announced on November 9 at Government House. The national awards will be held on January 25 in Canberra.