Competition Details
  • Last updated:
  • 18 Jan 2019

Telstra and Council representatives will be holding an Information Session on Thursday 14 February 2019, 5.30pm – 7.00pm at Venue 114 to speak to educators, parents and students about the awards.  

The award is open to students from years 10 to 12 in teams of three, from High Schools located in the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area in 2019. There is no limit to the number of teams that can enter from each school.

Phase one of the award commences Week 1, Term 1 with teams having over eight weeks to develop an original technological idea, concept/solution. Entries for phase one of the competition will close 5 April 2019.

An evaluation panel will review all the entries and shortlist twelve finalist teams. These will be announced by 23 April 2019.

During phase two, teams have a further 4 weeks to develop their original technological idea of concept. During this phase, students will attend four mentoring sessions where they will have the opportunity to be coached by a range of Entrepreneurs and Industry Experts. Video Submissions for phase two of the competition close 7 June 2019. An evaluation panel will review the entries and allocate scores based on the award criteria set out in the terms and conditions.

The final stage of the competition is the Live Pitch and Awards Ceremony with will be held on 20 June 2019, where the twelve finalist teams will present their ideas or concepts in a live ‘pitch’ to the evaluation panel. Final scores for this presentation will be allocated and the winner of  The Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards will be announced.

Find full details on the 2019 program including key criteria, dates, submission forms and terms and conditions:

Key Dates 2019

Competition opens – Week 1, Term 1 2019
Phase one Entries Close – 12.00 pm, 5 April 2019
Finalists are announced – 23 April 2019
Phase two entries close – 12.00 pm, 7 June 2019
Live Pitch and Awards Ceremony – 20 June 2019

Prizes and Awards 2018

  • Over $10,000 in prizes shared between 1st, 2nd and 3rd placing teams
  • Winning team and Outstanding Female Entrepreneur will receive an all-expenses-paid Telstra Experience in Sydney
  • School trophies for the top 3 placing teams
  • Certificates for all Finalist Teams

More information

If you have any questions please view the frequently asked questions or contact council directly at

Media Release Mayor Jamieson - Sign up for the Mayor's Telstra Technology Awards


Council would like to thank its partners for their valued support in this initiative: