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Young innovators encouraged to join MTIA

2022 Mayor's Telstra Innovation Awards
The Mayor's Telstra Innovation Awards will begin soon and the region's innovative thinkers are encouraged to sign up.

The Bundaberg Region's young innovators are being encouraged to get their tech-savvy ideas ready for this year's Mayor's Telstra Innovation Awards.

The annual event aims to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship by helping students unlock their problem-solving potential and take their big technology ideas to the next level.

Mayor Jack Dempsey said students could apply to MTIA as a group to deliver a new and creative use of technology or a new technological idea to solve real-world problems through the four-month process.

“Whether it's a new app, new concepts in social media, gaming technology or robotics, the choices are endless,” he said.

“It could be a revolutionary new idea for transport, health, agriculture, security, conservation, construction, energy, or recreation.

“It could even be the application of existing technology in a novel way to solve a community, environmental or business challenge.”

Entries open Friday 17 February 2023 and can be made here.

Find out more with MTIA panel discussion

This year the program has been revitalised to deliver a panel discussion to help prepare participants before Phase 1 entries close on Friday 17 March 2023.

The panel discussion is open to students, teachers, families, and anyone who would like to know a little more about MTIA or may need some inspiration before submitting their entry.

MTIA judge, Brooke Fossey (Regional Business HQ), and MTIA mentors, Connor Silcox (Ulton) and Geoff Augutis (Queensland Computers) will be on hand to share their experience from previous years and offer valuable advice to those wishing to enter their innovative idea.

The MTIA Panel Discussion will be held on Tuesday 7 March at Bundaberg Multiplex, Function Room 2 from 5 pm to 6 pm, RSVP to mtia@bundaberg.qld.gov.au

Finalists will be announced on Thursday 30 March 2023 before the final pitch and presentation night takes place on Wednesday 14 June 2023.

Mayor Dempsey said MTIA was a fantastic opportunity for students to embrace innovation while building on skills in science, technology, engineering and maths skills.

“Bundaberg Regional Council delivers the Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards to encourage and support students studying in STEM fields,” he said.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for our young people to advance their skills and also gain new ones as they learn to work collaboratively and present in front of judges.

“Good luck to all of those involved!”

Bundaberg Regional Council is proud to partner with Telstra, CQUniversity, TAFE Queensland, Community Lifestyle Support (CLS) MAKI SPACE, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland Computers, Regional Business HQ, Ulton and The Generator to deliver the 2023 Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards.

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