Mayor's Telstra Technology Awards

Reedy Creek

Year 9 students, Jaiden Webster, Connor Grigg and Alex Mittram-Chattel were among the best and brightest of our region representing King’s, at the Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards in the Princeton Room at Bond University. Although they didn’t take away first prize, the experience has enabled them some insights into the process and given them the motivation to try again next year.

The awards are designed to showcase upcoming innovations that can be used to solve real-world problems in our society. Some of the ideas that students have presented have gone on to be used in commercial enterprises. Our students were among the ten finalist groups and had to provide a trade stall to showcase their idea as well present a keynote pitch to a live crowd and panel of judges including Dr James Birt from Bond University and Gold Coast Councillor Herman Vorster.

The road to the awards included two mentoring sessions provided by lecturers at Bond covering Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology as well as a further workshop at the Telstra Innovation Centre in Southport where a marketing expert provided advice on public speaking. These awards are an excellent experience for any student wanting to learn how to inspire others in the community with a new and innovative idea and mix with other students of like mind.

Next year’s Telstra Technology Awards look to start preparation around April next year, why not encourage your year 9-12 children to get involved next year.

Mr Mal Galer - Director of IT and Innovation