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The Mayor's Telstra Technology Award 2016

The Mayor is delighted to be partnering once again with Telstra to bring you The Mayor's Telstra Technology Award, exclusive to Gold Coast high schools.

The Mayor's Telstra Technology Award 2016

Mayor's Telstra Technology Award 2016 application form

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Download the following items from the competition entry pack and attach to your application form:

Entries into The Mayor's Telstra Technology Award 2016 officially opened on Wednesday 1 June 2016.

The Mayor is delighted to be partnering once again with Telstra to bring you this annual award exclusive to Gold Coast high schools.

Telstra and Bond University are contributing an inspiring array of prizes for the winning students and school. This year we have a new sponsor, Dreamworld, who have provided an exciting new prize for the winning school.

Congratulations to the 12 finalist teams who will now progress through to Phase 2 of the competition.

Mayor Tom Tate said 31 entries had been submitted, which made choosing the 12 finalists a difficult task. “The quality of entries was amazing and goes to show there is a real hunger among our youth to pursue careers in technology and innovation,” he said. Run in partnership with Telstra and Bond University, Cr Tate said the award presented an opportunity for students to dream big and prepare for the future.

The 12 finalist teams now move through to the second phase of the competition which involves mentoring from Bond teaching staff and technical representatives from Telstra.

The finalists are:

  • Emmanuel College - Purification Unit: A smart, autonomous, wireless sensor network that helps overcome the serious problem of dirty drinking water, especially in third world countries.
  • Hillcrest College - Flexi Energy: Combines functionality with innovation to create an item bringing clothing and energy production together in a new, exciting way.
  • Merrimac State High School - Portable Defibrillator: A revolutionary concept founded on existing technology with a key focus on the portability of what would normally be a bulky device.
  • Merrimac State High School - Bin Fun: A gaming machine which uses recyclables as tokens for games to play. The game mixes a passion for gaming while promoting recycling and waste management with the community.
  • Pacific Pines State High School - Safe-T-Keys: A small key casing with a fingerprint scanner and blood alcohol monitor for drivers of cars. Helps to combat drink driving.
  • Assisi Catholic College - Semper Vigilo: A camera placed in the entrance of school car parks which reads number plates and speed of cars. Provides a solution for various issues in schools, such as congestion, security and safety.
  • Saint Stephen’s College - Safety First: An app to assist teenagers in communicating with their guardians to let them know they are okay while they are out.
  • Southport State High School - Toroidal Displacer: A new version of a propeller that turns the circular motion of motors into a parallel downward force. This technology solves planet earth’s issue of land consumption and could potentially lead to flying cars, houses, farms and even cities.
  • The Southport School – Dietary and Diabetic App: An app that scans food barcodes, which transports data to a diabetic person’s insulin pump and automatically administers the correct level of medication.
  • Varsity College - Watch Out: A mobile phone app that sends a notification to a pedestrian who is walking 30 metres or less near a tram.
  • Varsity College - Keiluka: An app to prevent common problems such as losing your keys, locking your keys in your car or leaving your car unlocked.
  • Varsity College - Study Locker: An app that effectively closes and locks down certain user-defined programs that would otherwise distract students during study time.



  • First prize - Three (3) Samsung Galaxy S7 4GX mobile phones and three Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 2 speakers
  • Second prize - Three (3) iPad Air 2 4G 16GB
  • Third prize - Three (3) Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 2 speakers

The winning school

  • $5000 cash (supplied by Telstra)

People's Choice

  • One Telstra Thanks® private screening at a Gold Class cinema with invited guests.

Key dates

  • 1 June 2016 - Competition officially opens
  • 27 July 2016 - Phase 1 entries close
  • 10 August 2016 - 12 finalist teams announced
  • 19 October 2016 - Phase 2 entries close
  • 9 November 2016 - Presentation ceremony at Bond University.

More information

If you have any queries about the Mayor's Telstra Technology Award, please email or phone 07 5581 6474.

Sponsors and partners

We would like to thank our sponsors and partners for their valued support of this initiative:

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