Moreton Bay Innovation Awards off to cracking start

More than 120 local innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses and school students came together this morning to help Moreton Bay Regional Council kick off its second annual Moreton Bay Innovation Awards.

Applications are now open for a range of award categories, including an exciting new Youth Category designed to shine a light on the region’s next generation of savvy inventors aged 17 and under.

To help launch the Youth Category, students from seven schools across the region went head to head in the first-ever Moreton Bay Innovation Awards Schools Challenge, which saw students race against the clock to design a solution which would allow an egg to be dropped from height without sustaining structural damage. The students had 25 minutes to design and build their innovations, using basic materials.

After a hotly-contested battle, the Australian Christian College - Caboolture Campus, Grace Lutheran College - Rothwell, and Pine Rivers State High School’s ‘Wombat Warriors’ each walked away with the bragging rights of the region’s most proficient young problems solvers, placing first, second and third respectively.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said he was extremely impressed with the caliber of problem solving and the quick, innovative thinking the school students demonstrated was a good sign that the new Youth Category would attract high-quality entries.

“Many schools across our region are delivering outstanding curriculums, with a strong focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), including coding, robotics, 3D-printing and engineering,” Mayor Sutherland said.

“We know as a region we need to diversify our workforce and start growing the jobs of the future now, which is why Council’s number one project is the Moreton Bay Region University Precinct which will unlock thousands of higher education and knowledge-based work opportunities for today’s youth.

“With Queensland’s strongest economy, a booming population, and the convenience of a capital city without the capital city price tag, the Moreton Bay Region is the perfect place for new business startups and investment.

“We want our region to be known for our forward-thinking, and the Moreton Bay Innovation Awards are all about showcasing residents who are already achieving entrepreneurial success, or those who have fantastic ideas ready to be turned into innovative business opportunities.

“The awards are also a unique opportunity for new businesses to gain exposure, with last year’s overall winner Solar Combined Heat and Power featuring on The Mark Bouris Show, and another entrant - the New Eye Company - landing a $150,000 investment from three ‘sharks’ on the Network Ten program Shark Tank.

“I encourage all residents, young and old, to start submitting your applications. You never know, we may just have the next Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerburg living right here in the Moreton Bay Region, just needing a bit of mentoring and encouragement to help set them on their way to greatness.”   

Entries are now open and will close Monday, 31 October 2016. Winners will be announced at a Gala Event in early 2017.

Categories and prizes for the 2017 Moreton Bay Innovation Awards are as follows:

  • Innovation of the Year (Major Prize) - $10,000 or $5,000 prize plus sponsorship to the Moreton Ventures Accelerator Program which includes an investment pitch to Brisbane Angels.
  • Emerging Innovation - $2,500 prize or sponsorship to the Moreton Ventures Boot-camp course and 6 months of free mentoring and desk space at the Moreton Ventures incubator;
  • Established Innovation - $2,500 prize;
  • Moreton Bay Showcase Award - $2,500 prize or sponsorship to the Moreton Ventures Boot-camp course and 6 months of free mentoring and desk space at the Moreton Ventures incubator;
  • People’s Choice Award - $2,500 prize or sponsorship to the Moreton Ventures Boot-camp course and 6 months of free mentoring and desk space at the Moreton Ventures incubator; and
  • Youth Category:
  • Emerging Innovation - Youth: $1000 (Winner) and $375 (Runner-Up)
  • Established Innovation - Youth: $1000 (Winner) and $375 (Runner-Up)

 

For more information and entry details visit moretonbayinnovationawards.com.au or phone Council on 3205 0555.

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