Indian software company Infosys has announced a collaboration with Tennis Australia “to drive new digital learning and accessibility initiatives creating pathways to learning and education for under-represented communities.”
This program is part of Infosys and Tennis Australia’s Digital Innovation Partnership, which was recently extended until 2026.
“As Infosys continues to enhance digital experiences for tennis fans, players, coaches and the media at AO 2022, beyond the court, the company is embarking on a journey to leverage these capabilities to also have a positive community impact. As a partner committed to the sport in the Australia New Zealand (ANZ) region, Infosys has worked with Tennis Australia for initiatives such as the Aces for Bushfire Relief in 2020 and building an AO Virtual Hub in 2021 to enable tournament access digitally in a pandemic-affected year,” the Indian company said in a statement.
“In this 5-year journey, Infosys and Tennis Australia will focus on using technology for good with a vision to enhance accessibility, learnability and inclusivity on and beyond the court. The five-year collaboration starts with enhancing the Tennis Australia Leadership programs, to engage and empower the leaders of tomorrow to help make positive change in their communities.”
Infosys will provide its digital learning platform, Springboard, to help enhance the leadership programs via:
- Power learnability with richer leadership development content: Participants will have access to the full catalogue of online learning modules available through Infosys’ Springboard platform, such as time management, design thinking and leading for success.
- Digital learning: Infosys Springboard platform will help enable accessible digital learning and collaboration experiences for participants of Tennis Australia’s Leadership programs. Infosys Springboard is WCAG 2.1 compliant and continuously assessed and adapted to improve usability and meet WCAG 2.1 AA digital accessibility standards.
- Drive inclusivity with mentorship: Infosys employees will have the opportunity to volunteer and mentor participants on key business and leadership skills contributing to the programs’ value, enabling a more diverse pool of local talent with the tools to lead and succeed.
With these programs, Infosys and Tennis Australia hope to create equitable opportunities and, in the future, positively impact grassroots tennis in the region. By leveraging the Infosys Tennis Platform for tournament experiences and Infosys Springboard for digital inclusion, the partnership will continue to bring the sport closer to people and people closer to equitable outcomes, serving the shared vision of “tennis for everyone”.
Andrew Groth, Executive Vice President, Infosys and Region Head, Australia and New Zealand said, “We are incredibly proud to be working in close collaboration with Tennis Australia on a number of new digital accessibility and learning initiatives. When we renewed our Digital Innovation Partnership at the end of last year, we agreed that the next phase in our relationship would be to jointly build programs that have a larger positive impact on our community.”
“Our recent digital accessibility research uncovered that just 3% of Australian organisations are consistently embedding digital accessibility into what they do, with two-thirds either unaware or not understanding WCAG guidelines. This collaboration will play a role in bridging the digital accessibility gap and bring learning pathways to the disadvantaged.”
Korey Allchin, Director of Partnerships and International Business at Tennis Australia said, “We’re excited to see that the extension of our partnership with Infosys will also include programs that enable a more equitable community. We are working together to build more accessible digital experiences for everyone who engages with the Australian Open and our sport. Infosys Springboard will also give our leaders of tomorrow an opportunity to expand their learning through a state of the art digital learning environment.”