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Young minds shine bright at Mayor’s innovation awards


Young minds shine bright at Mayor’s innovation awards

From ECG reels to fake vapes, students across the Sunshine Coast have put their best entrepreneurial ideas forward for the 2023 Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards.

Sunshine Coast Grammar School’s Hugo Collins, Lila Collins and Max Mays-Duncan have taken out the top prize for their Reel Health innovative idea.

Reel Health is an attachable reel system for an Electrocardiogram machine (ECG) with 12 individual reels for each lead that use a spring system to retract the cords back into the machine with a tug.

Second place went to Glasshouse Christian College students Arno Mens and Charlie Bidgood for their Solbot concept, which uses drone technology to dispatch autonomous cleaning robots to rejuvenate the efficiency of solar panels.

A-BITE created by Dean Ellis, Laurence Mitchell and Jackson Wilson from Chancellor State College came third for their proposal to use smart technologies to capture under-utilised bioenergy from the Maroochydore Smart City food waste.

The Emerging Entrepreneur Awards went to Suncoast Christian College students Emily Simpson, Isabella Meineke and Mya Horton for their Fape (fake vape) concept that runs off saline solution with 100 per cent chemical free inhalation.

“The pitches delivered were truly outstanding and reassured me that our future looks incredibly bright with these talented young people leading the way,” Mayor Mark Jamieson says.

“We are thrilled to help them potentially transform their winning ideas into a commercial reality.

“Well done to all our finalists and the winning teams. This is just the start of countless opportunities for you as future leaders of our Sunshine Coast.”

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