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Innovative students wanted for 2020 Mayor’s Awards

Mayor's Telstra Innovation Awards finalist team Melior Terra
Mayor's Telstra Innovation Awards 2019 winners Melior Terra: Mercedes Thomas, Tessa Bryden and Nawshaba Ahmed

Bundaberg Region students with an innovative idea to share are being urged to sign up a team for the 2020 Mayor's Telstra Innovation Awards.

Whether it’s a new app, a tech-savvy health program or even a crazy gadget, students will be able to explore all of their innovative tech ideas in the upcoming event and have the chance to win in a share of $7500 in prizes.

Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey said the purpose of the awards was to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship by helping students unlock their problem solving potential and take their big technology ideas to the next level.

“We have some very tech-savvy school students in our region who have some amazing and bright ideas that could ultimately help shape our community’s future,” he said.

“This competition is all about getting those students together to formulate their ideas more precisely, while getting help from local businesses along the way.”

2020 Mayor's Telstra Innovation Awards

Mayor Dempsey said this year’s awards event came off the back of a very successful competition in 2019.

“Last year we received 23 team entries from schools around the Bundaberg Region that were judged by our panel,” he said.

“Seven out of the eight of the region’s high schools entered the competition and six of these schools went on to become finalist teams.

“We would love to exceed these numbers for MTIA 2020.”

Mayor's Telstra Innovation Awards
Arjan Jongkees of Bundaberg Brewed Drinks and the finalist teams who attended the first mentoring session in 2019.

Telstra Regional General Manager May Boisen said Telstra was proud to be working again with Mayor Jack Dempsey and Bundaberg Regional Council to bring these awards to life for their second year. 

“Last year the Bundaberg Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards saw the highest number of entries in the state and we were truly blown away by the quality of the entrants,” Ms Boisen said.

“The Bundaberg Region is focused on fostering talent and really looking to show young people new ways of thinking through technology and innovation.

“These awards offer a wonderful opportunity for students to network, explore and develop their passion for entrepreneurship.

“We are so excited to see what ideas the students of the Bundaberg Region have in store for us this year.”

Phase 1 Entries of the Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards open on Monday, 10 February and closed on Friday, 27 March.

The competition is open to Grades 9 to 12 and inclusive to all schools within the Bundaberg Regional Council Local Government Area.

To find out more information click here and download the student handbook.

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