Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards mentoring sessions
The ‘business end’ of the inaugural Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards began in earnest last night at Spark Bureau.
Eight student teams from schools across the Sunshine Coast had their powers of innovation put to the test, as some of our region’s sharpest minds with technology start-up business experience ran the rule over the youngsters’ competition entries.
It was the first of four mentoring sessions student finalists will undertake over the coming weeks to refine their ideas before final judging and awards presentations on May 18.
Matthew Flinders Anglican College student Fraser Creighton said last night’s mentoring session was an eye-opening experience.
“This is a great opportunity for our group to get together and talk to people who have already created their own start-up so it’s a great idea to learn and to bring our idea into fruition and even if it doesn’t work we’ve learnt new skills so it’s a great experience to learn and work with people who know what they’re doing,” he said.
Sienna Catholic College student Braydon Munro said participating in the Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards was an important step towards his future career of choice.
“I’m looking to pursue this as a career and by being a part of this program it’s the first step in the door, I see it as that. So by doing the Mayor’s Telstra technology Awards I’m able to understand the workplace, I’m able to see what this kind of career holds and I’m able to get the experience of making my own product and going through the whole process,” he said.