- Last updated:
- 14 May 2019
Special awardsTelstra’s People Choice: Sienna Catholic College – Phoenix
Female Entrepreneur: Lauren Bellamy - Sienna Catholic College – Phoenix
Spark Bureau Spirit of Collaboration: Charles Eldridge - St Andrews Anglican College – Check Tech Solutions
Huge congratulations to the winning team from St Andrews Anglican College – Check Tech Solutions. Students Charles Eldridge, Samuel Rieger and Sam Young came up with the proposal to develop an app to solve tech problems using a crowd-sourced approach by connecting tech gurus and those with tech problems through a fast, low-cost app. The winning students took home a Galaxy TabPro S Pro 4G each, while their school was awarded with 4 Meraki access point’s with a three-year licence.
Winning Check Tech Solutions team member Charles Eldridge said being involved in the Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards had been a lot of fun, as well as about learning.
“We’ve been working on an idea called Check Tech Solutions, where we are trying to connect people who have technology experience, like students, with those who need technology help,” Charles said. “At the beginning, I didn’t know what I was going to do after school or what I wanted for the future. I had specific interests like science and technology but I didn’t know where it fit in, and this experience, particularly the entrepreneurial part of it really helped me to understand what it’s like to be in a technology-driven world. We had no idea what entrepreneurship was at the beginning and over the course of a couple of weeks we collaborated with mentors and industry professionals and we really learnt about what it is to be an entrepreneur. We’re definitely going to continue to grow the business and put it out to the public and see where it goes. Hopefully it goes well and we’ll be the next Uber for tech support. We’re really, really happy to have been awarded first place.”
The Female Entrepreneur Award winner Lauren Bellamy from team Phoenix said it had been an amazing experience and she was honoured to represent women in the Sunshine Coast in this innovative industry.
“I’ve always wanted to go into the creative industries, and this experience has given me a lot of confidence in the ability I have in technology, particularly as I wouldn’t have counted myself as the most tech-savvy person,” Lauren said. “You’ve got to learn through experience and it’s taught me so much and really built my confidence in this area and given me the confidence to go after what I want to do in life and not be confined by what other people think you should do. It’s the best experience. You get to do something with your friends and something that you’re passionate about and proud of. It’s been an amazing experience and I really recommend everyone gives it a go, you learn so much.”