Mayor’s Tech Award lets students dream big

GOLD Coast high school students have been given the chance to develop their dream app or software program and win a stack of the latest Samsung gadgets worth $20,000.

Mayor Tom Tate launched the Mayor’s Telstra Technology Award 2014 at Bond University today which aims to help bolster the city’s place on the technology and innovation map.

The contest runs from June to September and gives high school students from Years 9 to 12 the opportunity to develop a technological idea or product, such as an app or software.


The winning team will walk away with a stack of Samsung goodies and $20,000 worth of gadgets for their school.

Varsity College Year 10 student, Sam Ewart, said his team was already working on developing a game along the lines of “Flappy Birds”.

“We’re very excited about the awards because at Varsity we already have our own program preparing us for the competition,” he said.

Students will work in teams of three and spend up to six weeks generating their idea, which they will then present to Mayor Tom Tate and representatives from Telstra, Bond University, Samsung and Silicon Lakes.

Twelve finalists will then be chosen for phase two, where each team will have five weeks to further develop their idea or concept.

Each of the 12 groups will then present a five minute pitch to the board at a special ceremony where a winner will be selected.

Prizes for the students in the winning team include:

  • Three Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Three Samsung Gear Fit
  • Three Harman and Kardon Onyx speakers
  • One Telstra Thanks® private screening at a gold class cinema with invited guests
  • An educational experience – a day in the life of a Telstra or Samsung representative

Prizes for the winning school include:

  • An eight-week startup apprentice program delivered by Silicon Lakes
  • A suite of Samsung products to the value of (RRP) $20,000

For information about the Mayor’s Tech Awards, please visit or phone 55816474.