The mayor’s innovation awards bring students’ bright ideas to life

The Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards will return again in 2022, and entries are now open to high school students from across the Sunshine Coast region.

The awards are available to students in grades 9 through 12 and are designed to help bring their creative ideas to life and connect with industry teachers.

In 2021, the best gong was awarded to students of Glasshouse Christian College for creating “LEDPlates” – a bright new way for drivers who learn to show their plates “L”, as well as a compatible phone app to change plates as needed with Ls. to Ps. The LED Plates team won the Generation Innovation GI Challenge.

Sunshine-Costa Council Mayor Mark Jamison said the program, which began in 2016, supports high school students in developing business ideas that use innovation or technology in new ways to address community, environmental or business issues.

“Students and faculty who participate in this competition each year demonstrate that we are well and truly on the right track in encouraging opportunities for our young people to succeed in the 21st century,” said Mayor Jamison.

“That’s why the board supports programs that provide a pathway for our next generation so they can pursue careers in high-value jobs that will be in demand in the future.

“As a community, we continue to see the benefits of such initiatives, with an increase in programs such as robotics, entrepreneurship and coding offered in schools and through extracurricular activities.

“We know that many of the jobs and careers in the future will be built around science, technology, engineering and mathematics – STEM subjects – so it is incredibly important to develop these skills in our region.”

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The winning teams of 2021.

Telstra Regional Manager Mae Boysen said the awards saw some amazing ideas and projects that emerged from the submissions of Sunshine Coast students.

“They are the next generation of innovators, and it is so important that all of us, in business and society, continue to nurture and sustain this talent,” Ms. Boysen said.

“Innovative technology is critical to keeping in touch, and these awards are just one way to support the Sunshine Coast to continue to be at the forefront of innovation and talent education.

“These awards encourage students and schools to understand and be creative with technology and provide an excellent opportunity for students to connect, explore and develop their passion for entrepreneurship and gain real-life experience, skills and knowledge to prepare them for the next step in their journey. ».

Sunshine Coast Program Director Tracy Kubula said it was a fantastic opportunity for students to develop their skills and gain real-world business experience, as well as gain mentoring from some of the most successful and far-sighted industry leaders in the region.

“Focusing on identifying, supporting and connecting local talent for both students and industry, we can’t wait to open the next rising stars of technology, innovation and business as part of this program,” Ms. Kubula said.

The jury will evaluate the applications, and the 12 finalist teams will move on to the next stage, which includes a four-week industry-led mentoring program.

Teachers will help participants develop an idea, understand potential customers and develop a prototype.

Finalists will gain presentation skills and public speaking in preparation for the Live Pitch and Award Ceremony in July.

For more information and to apply, visit https://www.studysunshinecoast.com.au/innovationawards

Major dates

  • Tuesday, February 15 – record open
  • April 27, Wednesday, at 23:59 – closing of the competition
  • Friday, May 6 – the team of finalists has been announced, the second stage of the competition begins
  • Tuesday, June 21 – applications for the second stage are being accepted
  • Thursday, July 14 at 18:00 – Live statement and awards ceremony at 114, Bakarina

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