In keeping with our focus on driving innovation and inspiring the ‘have a go spirit’, City of Gold Coast (City) is proud to announce The Mayor’s Telstra Technology Award 2014.

In partnership with Telstra, this inaugural award is being offered exclusively to Gold Coast high schools.

We’re looking for the next big technological idea - it could be a new app, new concepts in social media, gaming technology or robotics. It could be a smarter phone, watch or digital camera. It could even be a revolutionary new idea for transport, health or recreation. The possibilities are endless and that’s what makes this award so exciting.

Prizes for the students in the winning team include:

three Samsung Galaxy S5
three Samsung Gear Fit
three Harman and Kardon Onyx speakers
one Telstra Thanks® private screening at a gold class cinema with invited guests
an educational experience – a day in the life of a Telstra or Samsung representative.

Prizes for the winning school include:

an eight-week startup apprentice program delivered by Silicon Lakes
a suite of Samsung products to the value of $20,000 (RRP)

Students will work in teams of three and spend up to six weeks generating their idea, which they will present to five board members made up of Mayor Tom Tate and representatives from Telstra, Bond University, Samsung and Silicon Lakes.

The board will then select 12 finalists for phase two, where each team will have five weeks to further develop their idea or concept. During this time, students will have the opportunity to have mentoring and coaching sessions with Bond University academic staff and technical representatives from Telstra and Samsung. Finally, each of the 12 teams will present a five minute pitch to the board and a winner then selected from those presentations.

Winners will be announced at a special ceremony in September 2014.
More information

Details on how to enter, key dates, terms and conditions of the award will be uploaded here shortly, so be sure to check back for more information.

If you have any queries about The Mayor’s Telstra Technology Award in the meantime, please email us at mayoralfeedback@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or phone 07 5581 6474.

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