Students bring wow factor with innovative technology ideas

The Mayor's Telstra Innovation Awards is ramping up with 10 student teams further working on their technological ideas for the competition.
The Mayor's Telstra Innovation Awards are ramping up with 10 student teams working on their technological ideas for the competition.

The Mayor's Telstra Innovation Awards are in full swing, with 10 student teams in the Bundaberg Region getting ready to showcase their top technological ideas to mentors in the coming weeks.

Mayor Jack Dempsey said the inaugural annual awards, hosted by Bundaberg Regional Council, received fantastic submissions this year with ideas ranging from new tourism apps to health monitors, car safety devices and more.

“I am blown away by the innovative ideas that these students have come up with,” Mayor Dempsey said.

“We were also extremely pleased with the interest from schools and students. The Bundaberg Region put forward the highest number of submissions in its first year of the awards than any other Queensland city.”

Innovative ideas

The awards highlight creative tech solutions invented and submitted to a judging panel by school groups.

The groups will be mentored by local business leaders over the next ten weeks to get their ideas in top condition for final judging.


Bundaberg State High School – Team Alpha

21st Century Technology for Conservation of Traditions

The idea is immersive learning about indigenous culture and history through the use of a virtual reality.

Bundaberg Christian College

Medi Checker

A blood examiner that keeps data and an eye on a whole range of health measures especially in the aged.

Bundaberg Christian College

Safe Place

Our innovative idea, ‘Safe Place' aids domestic violence victims in escaping their abusive situations by providing them with a shielded way to report their abuse, be provided with professional help and temporary shelter.

Gin Gin State High School

Ever Onwards

A ‘multi app approach’ to implement an improved ‘Flood Alert System’ to our region.

Bundaberg North State High School – Council of Cool

Flex Cool

An innovative idea to keep students cool on the classroom when the weather is sweltering and as a cheaper alternative to air conditioning.

Shalom College

The Swift Phoenixes

An application service designed to help those who are suffering from homelessness, poverty and those escaping abuse to access help, accommodation and food to name a few inclusions.

Shalom College

Travel Aider

Travel Aid-er is an app that can bring together local people and visiting tourist for unique experiences in our region.

St Luke's Anglican College – Kyoor

Patch a Life

Patch-A-Life is a multimodal monitoring device invented to reduce the response time for emergency services

St Lukes Anglican College – Melior


CLEARN is a digital service whose purpose is to encourage recycling through digitisation

St Luke's Anglican College – Raksha

U-Drive Safety Kit

The UDrive kit works as an all-round safety system for vehicles that are not equipped with advanced safety technologies found in new cars today.


The 10 finalist teams will be mentored on varied subject areas to help them develop their ideas and concepts before there phase 2 entries, which close on 17 June.

The Final Pitch night will be held on 26 June.