Competition details
  • Last updated:
  • 25 Dec 2020

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.  

Sunshine Coast Council, Telstra and SCRIPT would like to acknowledge and thank the teachers, principals and support staff for their dedication and effort to supporting students during this crisis and we look forward to working with them when the time is right. Adversity breeds creativity and innovation and we know the students participating in the Sunshine Coast Telstra Innovation Awards will use this experience to create positive outcomes in the future. Below is information on what to expect when the Awards are up and running again. 

The Awards aim to encourage innovation, and/or a creative or new use of technology. This could be a new app, new concepts in social media or new gaming technology. The innovation could be a revolutionary new idea for transport, health, agriculture, security, conservation, construction or recreation. Existing technology could also be used in a novel way to solve a community, environmental or business challenge. The endless possibilities for innovation are makes these awards so exciting!

The Awards will be open to students from years 10 to 12 in teams of up to three, from high schools located in the Sunshine Coast local government area in 2019. There will be no limit to the number of teams that can enter from each school.

In phase one teams will have over eight weeks to develop an original innovation or technological concept/solution.

An evaluation panel will review all entries and shortlist twelve finalist teams.

During phase two, teams have four weeks to develop their original 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. 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. The 12 finalist teams will present their ideas or concepts in a live pitch to the evaluation panel. Final scores for this presentation will then be allocated, and the winner of Sunshine Coast Telstra Innovation Awards will be announced.

Prizes and awards

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

More information

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