Competition details
  • Last updated:
  • 25 Sep 2019

Council is proud to partner with Telstra to deliver the 4th Annual Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards exclusively to high schools within the Sunshine Coast Council local government area.

With these awards, we’re looking for an innovative and creative use of technology - it could be a new app, new concepts in social media, gaming technology or robotics. It could be a smarter phone, watch or digital camera. It could even be a revolutionary new idea for transport, health, agriculture, security, conservation, construction, energy or recreation. It could be the application of existing technology in a novel way to solve a community, environmental or business challenge.  The possibilities are endless and that’s what makes these awards so exciting.

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 four weeks to develop their original technological idea as a proof 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 which will be held on 20 June 2019, where the 12 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 – 12.00pm, 7 June 2019
Live pitch and awards ceremony – 20 June 2019

Prizes and awards 2019

  • Over $10,000 in prizes shared between first, second and third placing teams
  • Winning team and Outstanding Female Entrepreneur will receive an all-expenses-paid Telstra Experience in Sydney
  • School trophies for the top three 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


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