Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards

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Council is proud to partner with Telstra to deliver the Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards (MTIA). The MTIA program helps students learn, explore and develop their entrepreneurial passions.

Submissions for the 2023 awards are now open.

During the program, students will connect with mentors to help develop industry-relevant skills and promote critical thinking. Students will gain the tools they need to bring their creative ideas to life. 

The MTIA is open to students in grades 9-12, who are attending school within the Moreton Bay local government area. With record numbers in 2022, the 2023 awards are set to be the standout innovation awards for the region. We encourage you and your school to get involved.

Watch our wrap up of the 2022 MTIA to learn more about this fun and exciting program 


View the video transcript.

2023 Mayors Telstra Innovation Awards

Council has launched the 2023 MTIA program and is encouraging students and teams to work on innovative ideas during term one in 2023. 

Apply now

Phase 1 applications close 20 March 2023 at 11:59 PM.

Teams that are selected to move through to Phase 2 will have the opportunity to workshop their concepts with leading industry mentors and potentially showcase their ideas at the live pitch event in June 2023.

For more information about the program email

Become a mentor

  • Are you a leader in your field and want to give back to your community?
  • Do you have the skills and expertise to lend a hand to others?
  • Can you help ignite imaginations?
  • Can you help build the confidence of a newcomer to take the plunge into an exciting future?

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, complete an expression of interest or email

About the awards

Key dates

Event organisers will make every effort to host these events in person in accordance with, and subject to, COVID-safe requirements of the day.

Mayor's Telstra Innovation Awards  Date  Time
 Awards launch Tuesday, 18 October 2022 Not applicable
Phase one  Date  Time
Competition opens Tuesday, 24 January 2023 (term 1, week 1) Not applicable
Phase one competition entries close Monday, 20 March 2023 11:59 PM
Finalist teams announced Thursday, 30 March 2023 Not applicable
Phase two  Date  Time
Phase two begins Thursday, 30 March 2023 Not applicable
Mentoring session one Thursday, 27 April 2023 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Mentoring session two Thursday, 4 May 2023 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Mentoring session three Thursday, 11 May 2023 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Mentoring session four Thursday, 18 May 2023 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Phase two competition entries close Monday, 5 June 2023 11:59 PM
Finalist teams announced Monday, 12 June 2023 Not applicable
Live pitch and awards ceremony Wednesday, 21 June 2023 6:00 PM


The Mayor's Telstra Innovation Awards aim to:

  • nurture the knowledge of the young people in our region
  • encourage students to be innovative and collaborative by encouraging teamwork between students
  • highlight the importance of studying in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields for the future of the region – building a knowledge-based economy
  • foster a culture of entrepreneurship amongst young people in the region by connecting them to opportunities, e.g. access to mentors in the business community and other support channels. 

This provides students with valuable experience and knowledge regarding entrepreneurship at a local level and incentivises students to take risks by making their own decisions to explore different opportunities.

This project directly aligns with Council’s Regional Economic Development Strategy 2020 - 2041 and two of the strategy’s four pillars - Industry Advancement and Knowledge, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Find out more about the Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards 2022.

Awards concept

We are looking for a new and creative use of technology or a new technological idea. This could be:

  • a new app, new concepts in social media, a design and engineering project, gaming technology, or robotics. It could be a smarter phone, watch, or digital camera
  • a new idea for transport, health, agriculture, cyber security, conservation, construction, energy, or recreation
  • the use of existing technology in a new way to solve a community, environmental, or business challenge.

The possibilities are endless and that is what makes these awards so exciting!

Prizes and awards

  • Over $10,000 in prizes
  • Prize packs for first, second, and third placing teams and their schools
  • Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • Certificates for all finalist teams

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Resources and entry forms

Past events

2022 Mayor Telstra Innovation Awards

The region’s inaugural awards in 2022 showcased Moreton Bay’s brightest young entrepreneurs who put forward a record number of entries.

The awards came to an exciting conclusion at the final pitch night held at Grace Lutheran College in Caboolture, with the announcement of the winning teams and entrepreneurs.

Our winning teams for 2022:

  • First place - Belinda Infanti and Alivia Kenwrick from team ‘QR Goes Green’ representing Albany Creek State High School.
    • QR Goes green is an idea to help residents and businesses recycle their household products using QR codes which are now easily recognised and used.
  • Second place - Finley Berry and Lauren Adair from team ‘Schnoompy Designs’ representing Bray Park State High School.
    • Schnoompy Designs is a one stop shop for innovative art designed by Neurodiversity students creating job opportunities for others with ASD.
  • Third place - Bella Raynbird, Michelle Mabena and Paola Arquinez from team ‘Your Country’ representing St Benedict’s College in Mango Hill.
    • Your Country is an app for Australians to share, enjoy and build community with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
  • The Emerging Entrepreneur Award was awarded to Tegan McKenzie from Dakabin State High School.
    • Tegan showed herself to be a promising new talent, she was solution-focused and developed her skills throughout the entire length of the program.
Group of participants posing for photo for Innovation Awards night

Find out more about the Mayor’s Telstra Innovations Awards 2022 winners

Watch our wrap up of the 2022 MTIA to learn more about this fun and exciting program 


View the video transcript.