The Mayor's Technology Award 2018

The Mayor’s Telstra Technology Award 2018 is open to all Toowoomba Region high school students in years 10 - 12. There is up to $10,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, so if you have a big technological idea waiting to be discovered, enter your team now! The awards encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, while helping students take their big ideas to the next level through practical learning and mentoring sessions with industry leaders.

For enquiries or to register your interest so we can keep you updated, contact us via email or on 131 872.

Award information packs will be sent to schools at the start of 2018 and will also be available on this web page.

You can also print The Mayor's Telstra Technology Awards 2018 flyer.


Award entry form

The award entry form will be available from 1 February 2018.


Award entry criteria

Entries must focus on technology to change the world; this could be in the form of an entirely new creative idea, or an application of existing technology concepts in a novel way to solve a community, social, business or environmental challenge. Teams could create a new app or design a smarter phone, watch or digital camera or even develop a revolutionary new idea for transport, health, agriculture, safety, conservation, construction, energy or recreation. The possibilities are limitless!

All entries will be evaluated by an expert panel, based on the judging criteria set out in the awards terms and conditions (the terms and conditions will be available on this web page soon).

Team criteria

  • All teams must be made up of 3 students from the same school.
  • There is no limit to the number of teams a school can enter.
  • Each school must assign a teacher as the school coordinator for their teams.


Award timeline

The Mayor’s Telstra Technology Award 2018 consists of 2 competition phases and a final pitch and presentation evening.

  • 1 February 2018: Award launch event
  • 16 March 2018: Phase 1 entries close
  • 28 March 2018: Finalists announced
  • 6 June 2018: Phase 2 entries close
  • 20 June 2018: Final pitch and presentation night

Phase 1 - Idea generation

Teams have 6 weeks to submit their original ideas using the online entry form. All entries are reviewed and the finalists are selected and announced.

Phase 2 - Idea development and refinement

During this phase finalist teams will be coached by industry experts in Technology, Business, Marketing, Design, and Intellectual Property law, at a series of mentoring sessions hosted by TAFE Queensland and USQ. Teams have 10 weeks to research and develop their original idea and submit a 3 minute video 'pitch'.

Final pitch and presentation

The awards pitch night will be held at USQ on 20 June 2018. Teams will present their final idea in a 5 minute 'pitch' to the judging panel and audience. Final scores will be tallied and winners announced on the night.


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