Mayor’s Telstra Technology Award finalists named

15 July 2015

The hunt for the next generation of inventors, digital developers, innovators and entrepreneurs continues, with the announcement of the 12 finalists in the 2015 Mayor's Telstra Technology Award. 

The Southport School leads the pack with three finalist teams, followed by Pacific Pines State High School and Varsity College with two finalist teams each. Other schools to reach finalist stage include: Helensvale State High School, Rivermount College, Somerset College, Southport State High School and Aquinas College.   

Mayor Tom Tate said he was impressed with the extraordinary range of ideas and their potential to be applied to real life situations.

“We can’t reveal too much about the ideas at this stage as they are still very much in development but they cover areas as diverse as health, surfing, social media, personal safety, charging of devices, public speaking, prosthetics and skateboarding.     

The overarching aim of this competition is to nurture the knowledge capacity of our youth to diversify our industry sectors, which will in turn help to secure our economic future,” said Cr Tate.

“The teams now have another two months to fully develop their ideas, and I know they’ll be working hard.”

Telstra’s Area General Manager for the Gold Coast, Darren Clark, said Telstra was a proud supporter of the initiative.

“Our kids are the leaders and innovators of the future and we are committed to fostering education and new ideas. That’s what this competition is all about,” he said.

Sean Girvin, Vice President, Sales, Enterprise Services at HP South Pacific said: “The entries reflect the importance of adapting technology to provide solutions to real life needs. The creative thought that has gone into the 2015 Mayor’s Telstra Technology Award is a credit to every entrant, not just those who made it into the finals.”

The winners will be decided at a special presentation event at Bond University on 14 October.   

Prizes for the students in the winning team include:

  • First Prize: 3 x HP Pavilion 15-inch Notebook PC
  • Second Prize: 3 x HP HP8 G2 Tablets
  • Third Prize: 3 x HP Roar Bluetooth Speaker

Prizes for the winning school include:

  • A suite of HP educational products to the value of $10,000 (RRP)
  • An eight-week Start-Up apprentice program

Telstra People’s Choice Award:

  • One Telstra Thanks Private Screening at a Gold Class cinema with invited guests

Key Dates:

  • 11 September 2015 – Phase 2 entries close
  • 14 October 2015 – Presentation ceremony at Bond University

For information about the Mayor’s Tech Awards, please visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/techaward or phone

07 5581 6474.

The Mayor’s Tech Awards 2015 are proudly sponsored by Telstra, HP, Bond University and Startup Apprentice.

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