Igniting our creative sparks
  • Friday 04 March 2016

School students across the region in Grades 10 to 12  are putting their thinking caps on and exploring their technological talents in the Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards. Sunshine Coast Council and Telstra have partnered to create the inaugural competition that includes $20,000 worth of prizes for students and their schools.

Local resident and Advanced Queensland community digital champion Mic Black knows all too well the exciting opportunities that await our innovative newcomers.

To help ignite the next generation of creative sparks, Mic is offering his expertise to entrants at a free “Ideas workshop” on Tuesday March 1 at the Spark Bureau in Maroochydore. 

“By incentivising schools and students to explore the possibilities of what the tech industry can bring to their lives, it opens the conversation. I think the Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards is that first introduction for some who may not have considered it before” he said.

“I truly hope to see that through this and other initiatives we can see young people getting excited about the creativity and freedom found in tech jobs – the creativity to make something new, the freedom to travel or have a fantastic work / life balance and understand that technology is fuelling a lot of innovation in almost every industry sector.

“It is an extremely attractive career path that traverses all personality types, gender and abilities. With dedication and passion, it can lead to new business opportunities as those who are employed become employers leading to sustainable economic development in the region and huge job creation opportunities.”

Having previously engaged more than 1000 school students in the making of his world first Pixel Mosaic project, and as one of the organisers of the first Startup Weekend for Youth in Australia, Mic is hoping more students take up his mentoring invite in March 1.

“Having access to industry specific mentors who genuinely want to cheer you on, expand your capabilities and show you both the pitfalls and possibilities from years of experience is incredibly valuable,” he said.

Almost anything you want to learn can be found online but you have to know what you're looking for to find it. The workshop I’ll be hosting for Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards entrants will help inspire lateral thinking and explore this exciting industry in both function and form.”

Registrations for Mic Black’s ‘Ideas Workshop’ can be made online via http://ideaswithmic.eventbrite.com.au. For more information about the Sunshine Coast Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards and to enter, visit council’s website: https://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/techawards