The Sunshine Coast's innovative young minds are invited to enter the 2018 Mayor's Telstra Technology Awards to showcase new or creative uses of technology.
Run annually since 2016 as a joint initiative between Sunshine Coast Council and Telstra, the Mayor's Technology Awards encourage students in years 10 to 12 to submit new technology ideas for a chance to share in $10,000 worth of prizes.
Teams from all schools across the Sunshine Coast Council Local Government Area are eligible to participate.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said the awards were an opportunity to foster and grow entrepreneurship and innovative thinking by challenging our young people to come up with big ideas utilising technology.
"To be a healthy, smart, creative region it's critical we provide a platform for young people to develop their ideas, entrepreneurial skills and networks.
"Many of the jobs and careers of the future haven't even been created yet and they will be shaped by our bright young minds."
Telstra Area General Manager May Boisen said Telstra was excited to partner with council for another year.
"The Sunshine Coast is a great region that's fostering talent and really looking to show young people new ways of thinking," Ms Boisen said.
"The awards aren't all about winning. They offer a wonderful opportunity for students to network, explore and develop their passion for entrepreneurship and gain real life experience and knowledge to prepare them for the next step in their journey.
"I can't wait to see what ideas the students of the Sunshine Coast have in store for us this year."
Last year's winning Check Tech Solutions team member Charles Eldridge, from St Andrews Anglican College, said being involved in the awards had been a lot of fun, as well as about learning.
"At the beginning, I didn't know what I was going to do after school or what I wanted for the future," Charles said
"I had specific interests like science and technology but I didn't know where it fit in and this experience really helped me understand what it's like to be in a technology-driven world.
"We had no idea what entrepreneurship was at the beginning and over the course of a couple of weeks we collaborated with mentors and industry professionals and we really learnt about what it is to be an entrepreneur."
The first round of competition closes on April 24.
A group of finalists will progress to the next round and they will work with mentors from local business and industry, where together they will fine-tune their ideas in dedicated workshops.
Winners are expected to be announced by mid-2018.
For more information on the Mayor's Telstra Technology Awards and how to enter, please visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/techawards.