Frequently asked questions
  • Last updated:
  • 25 May 2020

The awards program is open to grades 10-12 inclusive.

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the Sunshine Coast Telstra Innovation Awards have been temporarily postponed until further notice. Council will continue to liaise with schools to find an appropriate date for the rescheduling of this important program when it is safe and practical to do so.






‘Innovative ideas’ include, but are not limited to products/services categorised by being a new or creative use of an existing technology. Essentially your idea solves a problem in society through a creative process that is either original or builds on an existing idea.


Your School Coordinator will be contacted directly by a Sunshine Coast Council Officer.





All the materials and instructions on the submission process can be found on the Innovation Awards page. 

You will need to fill in the mandatory form fields on the website, submit a parental consent form for each student in your team and you must also upload your PowerPoint Presentation detailing your idea.




Teams can consist of one to three students. 


You can be involved in as many teams as you’d like. There is no limit to the amount of teams from each school, however the school must nominate 1 coordinator per 3 teams. 




Each individual school will designate their own coordinator that will assist you in submitting your idea.

Absolutely! You don’t need specialised knowledge or expertise in computers/technology to participate, all you need is a simple idea/solution that is original and creative. Your coordinator and other students will greatly assist in you in realising your idea, and furthermore if you pass phase 1 of competition, experienced business entrepreneurs will further assist you in bringing your idea to life. 


Please do your best to demonstrate the background logic behind your idea, you don’t need to have tested your idea or built a prototype at this stage. Check the judging criteria and if in doubt, submit your idea and the judging panel can provide feedback after the process.

If your school is located outside of the Sunshine Coast local government area you don't qualify for this competition. There are many other entrepreneurship and technology styled competitions that you can be a part of that encompass the Noosa region as well, including: GovHack, CoderDojo, and Hackfest.

For more information on the boundaries of the Sunshine Coast local government area please contact a council officer via email.



If you have any questions not covered above, please contact a council officer via email InnovationAwards@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.