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Mayor's Technology Awards




Somerset Times Edition

Week 4, Term Four, 2019

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On Monday 21 October, six Somerset College students pitched off for a $5000 prize in the final of the Telstra Mayor's Technology Awards at Bond University. The students were in two teams.

Year 10 Team
o Kushi Tumkur o Hannah Kennedy o Maito Yamaguchi.

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Year 12 Team
o Harry Ko o Tim Shen o Holly Clements

To qualify for this final was a huge achievement as there were nearly 100 entrants in the competition from schools across the Gold Coast. Excitingly, our Year 10 Team won the Study Gold Coast People’s Choice Award for their product Medi Aid.

Tim Shen from our Year 12 team had this to say about the experience:

I’m proud my team, VirtRoom. We completed the competition with a successful presentation and a practical prototype to display to the panel of judges including Dr James Birt from Bond University, Alfred Slogrove from Study Gold Coast and Hermann Vorster (Councillor). Everyone enjoyed the wonderful journey and interactions during the mentoring sessions with Startup Apprentice. Because of the Telstra Mayor's Technology Awards, we have grown as a team and extended our network. We learnt more than I could have ever have imagined. That’s what entrepreneurship is all about. It is not just about the product or team. Instead, it is about bringing people together to solve a problem. This unique memory has become the experience that will guide us all in the future."

Kate Southwell from Study Gold Coast had this to say about our students:

What a great representation from the students of Somerset College at the Mayor's Telstra Tech Awards. Such lovely students and both pitches on the night were of such great calibre.”

We are very proud of our students achievements and are so pleased that the entrepreneurial mindset which we encourage through the Celebration of Entrepreneurship is providing our students with opportunities to innovate, create and collaborate with real world entrepreneurs.

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