Businesses help students with innovative ideas

Innovative ideas are flowing through the Mayor's Telstra innovation awards.
Arjan Jongkees of Bundaberg Brewed Drinks and the finalist teams who attended the first mentoring session

Innovative ideas are flowing steadily as students across the region begin mentoring sessions with businesses as part of the Mayor's Telstra Innovation Awards.

Last week, the first session took place at Bundaberg Brewed Drinks as part of the next phase of the awards event.

The finalist teams had the opportunity to learn about design-thinking and how it plays an integral part to any business ideas development.

Mayor's Telstra Innovation Awards

The inaugural awards event highlights creative uses of technology or the next technological idea.

Students gather in teams over 10 weeks to come up with a new invention and work with mentors to then fine-tune their ideas before judging.

Mentoring sessions

Last week's session, facilitated by Arjan Jongkees of Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, saw teams workshop the five-stage process: empathise, define, ideate, prototype and test off design thinking.

Teams used this process on their initial innovative idea and have started to build a portfolio of information that will assist them when it comes to presenting at the Final Pitch and presentation night to be held on Wednesday 26 June 2019.

Teams will continue developing their innovative ideas during the remaining mentoring sessions over the coming weeks.

CLS AT_Makerspace, CQ University and TAFE Bundaberg who along with Ulton, Telstra and Queensland Computers are giving their time and expertise in encouraging and supporting the finalist teams.