Economic development

Mayor's Telstra Innovation Awards

Bundaberg Regional Council is proud to partner with Telstra, CQUniversity, TAFE Queensland, Community Lifestyle Support (CLS) MAKI SPACE, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland Computers, Regional Business HQ,  The Generator, and Ulton to deliver the 2024 Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards (MTIA) exclusively to high schools within the Bundaberg Regional Council Local Government Area.

The Award's purpose is to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, by helping students in the Bundaberg Region unlock their problem-solving potential and take their big technology ideas to the next level.

The main aims of The Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards are to: 

  • Nurture the knowledge base that exists among the young people of our region 
  • Inspire students to be innovative and collaborative 
  • Highlight the importance of study in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields for the future of the Bundaberg Region – building a knowledge-based economy. 
  • Foster a culture of entrepreneurship amongst the young people in the region

Last year Bundaberg State High School teams took home first and second prizes and St Luke's took out the third prize at the 2023 Mayor's Telstra Innovation Awards presentation at the Bundaberg Multiplex. 

Digital information for the MTIA 2024 entries is now available for download

Mayor's Telstra Innovation Awards 2024 Student Handbook

Mayor's Telstra Innovation Awards Entry Form 2024

Mayor's Telstra Innovation Awards Phase 1 Entry PowerPoint

Hard copy packs will be distributed to schools via mail and in person.  

Key dates can be found in the student handbook

Phase 1 - Idea generation (5 Weeks) Monday 5 February 2024 Phase 1 entries open
Friday 15 March 2024 Phase 1 entries close
Friday 22 March 2024 Phase 2 finalists announced - judges review and provide feedback
Phase 2 Idea development, research, and refinement (10 weeks) Tuesday 16 April 2024 Term 2, Week 1 Phase 2 entries open
Throughout April/May 2024 Mentoring sessions with industry experts
Friday 31 May 2024 Term 2, Week 8 Phase 2 entries close –
Judges review and provide feedback
Final pitch and
presentation night
Tuesday 18 June 2024
Term 2, Week 10
Final pitch and presentation Night


Contact Mayor's Telstra Innovation Awards

Address: 190 Bourbong St, Bundaberg

Telephone: 1300 883 699