July 23, 2019
Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio this week launched the 2019 Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards.
Mayor Antonio said the awards highlighted the importance of science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.
“The Innovation Awards have been renamed this year to broaden the focus from just technology to innovation,” Mayor Antonio said.
“The awards are open to secondary students in Years 9 to 12 across the Toowoomba Region with the purpose of encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship, helping students to unlock their problem-solving potential and take their big technology ideas to the next level.
“Council is grateful to be partnering with Telstra, TAFE Queensland, USQ and TSBE for the awards this year with $10,000 in prizes up for grabs, including an exclusive guided tour of Telstra’s Customer Insight Centre in Sydney for the winning team.
“A single idea can change the world. I am confident that our students have the ability and the ingenuity to make a difference and play a major role in ‘the next big thing’, whatever field it is in.
“Last year’s inaugural winner, Toowoomba Christian College, came up with an idea of a smart-watch designed to help young people manage and monitor their anxiety.
“The possibilities are endless and that’s what makes these awards so exciting.
“I look forward to seeing what creative ideas and innovations our region’s students can create together.”
Entries opened on July 22.
The Innovation Awards consist of two separate competition phases in Terms 3 and 4 of the 2019 school year, as well as a Final Pitch and Presentation Night.
More information about the Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards is available online