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Sunshine Coast students launch for profit tech businesses

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The all-girl team RoboGems from Chancellor State College on The Sunshine Coast took out the top prize at the Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards with their entry of Parki-bit, a wearable device aimed at assisting sufferers of Parkinson’s disease.

The competition, which is delivered by Sunshine Coast Council in partnership with Telstra through the region’s innovation collaboration called SCRIPT, brings creative ideas to life, while connecting students with industry mentors to develop their entrepreneurial thinking. 

Chancellor State College senior students have already launched four profit-making technology businesses this year.

Chancellor State College Robotics and Engineering Lead Teacher Simon Richardson said, “Chancellor State College is extremely proud of our team winning what has become a prestigious annual event."

“Hundreds of hours have been put into these futuristic prototypes, combining all of the skills involved in STEM.

“Competing in the Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards has empowered our students with the grit, drive and business acumen required to endure the first years of running a tech start-up company.” 

Jasmin Harrison from Saint Andrew’s Anglican College’s team StudyVerse was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Female Entrepreneur for the region, for the manner in which she articulated her ideas, collaborated, her commitment to learning and her business acumen. 

These outstanding students will share in $10,000 worth of technology prizes and receive an all-expenses-paid Telstra Experience in Sydney where they will tour the Telstra Experience Centre to receive further mentoring from senior Telstra technology leaders and visit a start-up incubator.

Chancellor State College teams Robokings Beta and RoboRoyals took out second and third place respectively and the SafeTick team from Saint Andrew’s Anglican College won the Telstra In-Store People’s Choice Award.

More than 20 finalists across Years 10, 11 and 12 on the Sunshine Coast got together with their school mates to create an application or invention as part of this year’s Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards.

As part of the program, the students were mentored by some of the sharpest technology minds and entrepreneurs in our region to help the students develop and refine their ideas.

Mayor Mark Jamieson, who is part of the judging panel and presented the awards, said all entrants in the awards program were outstanding and their innovative ideas reflect the vision for the Sunshine Coast to be Australia’s most sustainable region: healthy, smart, creative.

“Our Sunshine Coast was recently recognised as one of the Top7 Global Intelligent Communities – in fact we are the only location in the southern hemisphere to make this list, and it is programs like the Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards that provide the practical demonstration of why our Sunshine Coast is a Global Intelligent Community,” Mayor Jamieson said.

Telstra Regional General Manager May Boisen said Telstra is proud to be working again with Mayor Jamieson and Sunshine Coast Council to bring these awards to life for the fourth year running. 

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