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The 10 school teams tackling society’s biggest issues

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The 10 school teams tackling society’s biggest issues

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The 10 school teams tackling society's biggest issues in Mayor's Telstra Innovation Awards

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The students will receive mentoring from local entrepreneurs, as they take part in the next stage of the Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards.

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said 10 teams from five schools had delivered an interesting field of forward-thinking projects.

“Our high-value industries, including health and wellbeing, education and research, knowledge industries, food and agribusiness, clean technologies and aviation are a major focus of our Regional Economic Development Strategy for 2019-2023,” he said.

“Tackling big topic ideas such as affordable housing, sustainable transport, water quality and diabetes are some of the projects pitched and could one day enhance capabilities in any of those high value industries thanks to these young leaders.


“Whether or not they got through to the next stage, we should pay kudos to these students for their initiative, thinking and confidence to participate in programs like this.

“I wish all of the finalists’ good luck as they head into Phase 2 of the Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards.”

Students from several Sunshine Coast schools have been brainstorming.

Phase 2 will give the teams an opportunity to further develop their technological idea or concept, with help from some of the best entrepreneurs and technical experts in the region.

Finalists will participate in a series of four mentoring sessions to be held at Venue 114, Bokarina, focusing on practical skill and knowledge development specific to the start-up, entrepreneur and technological space.

Finalist teams and schools

  • Origami Huts – Suncoast Christian College.
  • SeaShaw – Suncoast Christian College.
  • Jasveen-Kynnan – Mountain Creek State High School.
  • Bird Deterrent – Suncoast Christian College.
  • Sam And Kyle – Mountain Creek State High School.
  • JAJ  – Mountain Creek State High School.
  • Peas in a Pod – Chancellor State College.
  • MCSHS_Group_2 – Mountain Creek State High School.
  • Type 1 World – Glasshouse Christian College.
  • Star Solutions – Matthew Flinders Anglican College.

Sunshine Coast Council has partnered with Telstra and Study Sunshine Coast to deliver the awards to high schools within the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area.


To find out more, see Study Sunshine Coast – Mayor’s Innovation Awards. 

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