Mayor's Telstra Technology Awards 2018

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The Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards 2018 is open to all Toowoomba Region high school students in years 10 - 12. There is no cost associated with entering into the awards for participating students or schools.

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. And there are fantastic prizes to be won by students and the winning school!

  • Each stage of the awards process and the actions required are listed in the blue slider below: 'Awards timeline - key dates, stages & judging criteria'.

 

Phase 2 entries NOW CLOSED

 

Next phase: Final pitch and presentation

The final pitch and presentation night will be held at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). This event is each team's opportunity to present their idea to a broader audience and convince the judging panel that their idea or concept is the best and has the potential to change the world. Teachers, students and parents will be invited to attend the final pitch and presentation night.

Date

  • 24 July 2018 (time to be advised) - Final pitch and presentation night at USQ

Entry details

Presentations must be structured, rehearsed and kept to 5 minutes in duration. The presentation may include the team's video submission from phase 2 and a demonstration of any working prototypes which may have been developed. At the conclusion of each team’s presentation, judges will be given the opportunity to ask questions about the idea or concept (2 minutes).

Please note: Set-up time will be limited, so whilst use of prototypes is encouraged teams should avoid a pitch that requires significant set-up at presentation time.

 

Awards timeline, criteria and prizes

1. Phase 1: Idea generation (6 weeks) - CLOSED

In phase 1 of the award, participants are to create a team of 3 students from grades 10-12 at their school and work together to come up with an innovative and original technological idea or concept.

Important dates

  • 26 March 2018 - Phase 1 entries close
  • April 2018 - Finalists announced

Judging criteria (20% of final score)

  1. Is the entry original, innovative and inventive? 0/20
  2. Does the concept use new technology, or acknowledge that it is inspired by existing technology, using it in a new way? 0/20
  3. Does the entry demonstrate a sound understanding of the technology to be used? 0/30
  4. Does the entry solve a real problem and have positive benefits to the community? 0/15
  5. Does the supporting material (photos, videos, graphics, drawings etc.) complement the innovative idea or concept? 0/15

TOTAL: 0 / 100

Next steps in the awards process

Following the judging of the phase 1 entries, the selected finalist teams will be announced on Wednesday 28 March 2018. All school coordinators will be informed by email. This information will then be publicly available on this webpage. The finalist teams will then proceed to phase 2 of the competition. 

 

2. Phase 2 - Idea development, research and refinement (10 weeks) - CURRENT PHASE

In phase 2, the finalist teams will have the opportunity to further develop their technological idea or concept with mentoring from some of the best entrepreneur and technical experts in our region! Finalists will participate in a series of 4 mentoring sessions to be held at TAFE Queensland, focusing on practical skill and knowledge development specific to the startup, entrepreneur and technological space.

At the end of phase 2 finalists will create a short video about their idea or concept to submit to the judging panel.

Important dates

  • 29 March 2018: Phase 2 entries open
  • 20 June 2018: Phase 2 entries close

How to enter

The phase 2 entry form will be released by 29 March.

Judging criteria (40% of final score)

  1. Does the concept show further development from the initial entry submitted in Phase 1? 0/20
  2. Has the team demonstrated learnings from mentoring sessions and incorporated aspects into their idea or concept? 0/20
  3. Has the team demonstrated entrepreneurial skills including the development of a business model? (E.g. marketing channels, customer feedback.) 0/20
  4. Has the team demonstrated an understanding of who their potential customers are? 0/20
  5. Has a prototype been developed? 0/20

TOTAL: 0 / 100

Next steps

The finalist teams will participate in the final pitch and presentation night at the University of Southern Queensland on Wednesday 20 June 2018. Judges will review the videos submitted by each of the finalist teams prior to the final pitch and presentation night.

 

3. Final pitch and presentation

The final pitch and presentation night will be held at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). This event is each team's opportunity to present their idea to a broader audience and convince the judging panel that their idea or concept is the best and has the potential to change the world. Teachers, students and parents will be invited to attend the final pitch and presentation night.

Date

  • 24 July 2018 (time to be advised) - Final pitch and presentation night at USQ

Entry details

Presentations must be structured, rehearsed and kept to 5 minutes in duration. The presentation may include the team's video submission from phase 2 and a demonstration of any working prototypes which may have been developed. At the conclusion of each team’s presentation, judges will be given the opportunity to ask questions about the idea or concept (2 minutes).

Please note: Set-up time will be limited, so whilst use of prototypes is encouraged teams should avoid a pitch that requires significant set-up at presentation time.

Judging criteria

  1. Did the presentation keep to the five minute allocation? 0/5
  2. Does the pitch tell a story sharing the team’s vision for their concept? 0/20
  3. Was the team able to communicate their idea and/or concept effectively and confidently to the audience? 0/30
  4. Did the team demonstrate understanding of their market and the competitive landscape? 0/20
  5. Was the team’s final pitch unique and creative, using a variety of mediums? For example, PowerPoint presentation, video, graphics, posters etc. 0/20
  6. Did the teams answer the judge’s questions satisfactorily in a confident and articulate manner? 0/5

TOTAL: 0 / 100

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.

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. This person will be the contact for all correspondence relating to their school's team/s participation in the award.
  • A completed and signed parent/guardian consent form is required for each student entering the competition. The parent/guardian consent form must be uploaded to the online entry form.
  • If permission is granted for images and/or recordings of the child to be taken during the award process, then a media consent form also needs to be filled in and uploaded to the online entry form.

School prize

The winning school:

  • Receive $5,000 cash

Student prizes

The winning teams:

  • First prize – 3 x Google Pixel 2 smartphones and 3 x Harman Kardon Onyx 4 bluetooth speakers
  • Second prize – 3 x Samsung Galaxy Tab A
  • Third prize – 3 x Harman Kardon Onyx 4 bluetooth speakers

Spirit of Collaboration Award:

  • Selected individuals receive double passes to Event Cinema Gold Class

Spirit of collaboration award

Our award mentors will choose three students from the finalist teams that show a real flair for innovation and collaboration during the mentoring sessions. They will be looking for students that not only collaborate exceptionally well within their own team, but also collaborate well with other teams and mentors.

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