Mentoring program for technology awards finalists
Student finalists in the inaugural Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards are about to have their innovative skills tested once more as they embark on an entrepreneurial mentoring program run at Spark Bureau from mid-April.
The four-week program will enable youngsters to refine their ideas with the help of some of our region’s sharpest minds with technology start-up business experience.
There’s $20,000 in prizes up for grabs for participants and their schools.
Hackfest 2015 winner Sean Bannister said the council-supported competition was a fantastic gateway to the technology industry for local youngsters.
“The Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards are a terrific starting point for students in years 10-12 on the Sunshine Coast, many of whom are a stage in their lives where they might be still trying to decide what they’re good at and where their passions are for a future career,” Mr Bannister said.
“Even for youngsters who aren’t lucky enough to be among the winners this year, there are plenty of other great programs and initiatives that can encourage and enable them to open the doorway to the technology industry on the Sunshine Coast.”
CoderDojo Sunshine Coast is one such collaboration that provides free and open learning to young people on how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and much more.