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Telstra Innovation Awards Telstra Innovation Awards

Overall winners

Skyla Birch and Ava Smith       St Mary's College 

Lost Dawgz

Runners up

Victoria Heggie, Emily Elford
and Jozephyne Kruger
St Mary's College 

   Tank float


People's choice awards 

Shakira Pearse                                                     Maryborough State
High School                                 



Phase one winners

name school entry 
Raidin Hirayama-Kaarsberg and Byron Wright Riverside

A device to help the visually impaired

Jack Clayton and Ebony Wallace Maryborough State High School  Environmental protection 
Victoria Heggie, Emily Elford and Jozephyne Kruger St Mary's College Tank float connected to an app. which alerts users when water is low
Felicia Page, Renoah Recinto and Olaedo Ibe St Mary's College Rubbish robot to clean up the Fraser Coast 
Ryan Wheatley, Jackson Walker and Phoenix O'Connor Urangan State High School  Lifewatch emergency app.
Faith Kernke and Ebony McIntyre St Mary's College  Farmers connect app. to help farmers in drought and flood. 
Skyla Birch and Ava Smith  St Mary's College  Heat sensory balls to stop dogs overheating 
Ethan Cash, Charlie Morris and Sebastian Goddear  Hervey Bay State High School Coding drones to track rubbish hot spots
Ava Wyatt and Rachel Van Herk Urangan State High School Cybersafety app.
Shakira Pearse Maryborough State High School A self-love app.


What are the awards? 

The Mayor's Telstra Innovation Awards builds on Council's and Telstra's ambitions for the future and encourages students in our region to start thinking today about the possibilities of tomorrow. 

The awards have the purpose of encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship, helping students to unlock their problem-solving potential and take their ideas to the next level. 

Through this competition, we are looking for a new idea that has a digital solution. 

Entries must fulfil the following criteria: 

  1. Applies to the topic - 'To create; communicate and construct ways the Fraser Coast community can increase accessibility; opportunities and well-being.'
  2. Demonstrate:
    1. Design/planning inspiration.
    2. Storyboard, the first stages of creating.
    3. Refining, prototyping, explaining, justifying.
  3. Embrace social responsibility - solves a social issue in the Fraser Coast Community.
  4. Utilise iteration and feedback.

Entries and video submissions can be made below. Entries are now closed.

Please complete consent forms and return via email to 

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For judging criteria.