Do you have an innovative tech idea to improve the learning experience?

Posted by rmt22 at Mar 07, 2016 04:44 PM |
Then enter the Summer of Student Innovation 2016 competition for you chance to win money to develop and implement your ideas.

This annual competition – run by digital solutions’ organisation Jisc – is open to learners in further, higher education (HE) or skills in the UK. It is designed to harness students’ innovative thinking about how technology can make life better for learners, researchers and apprentices, and help them develop their ideas into products for the future.

There are two strands to this year’s Summer of Student Innovation:

  • Student ideas, which invites individuals and teams to pitch formative ideas about a learning tool or app they would like to see developed. Successful ideas will receive £2,000 worth of expert support to get them started, with the most promising ones in line for further funding and collaborative opportunities worth £3,000 at a later stage.
  • Supporting technology start-ups, targeting existing teams who have a beta version of their product and are looking for help in building, promoting and piloting these products with universities, colleges or learning providers. Up to £20,000 is available to the best projects, which includes business mentoring and development support.

To enter, you will need to submit a short video and written summary about your idea at Jisc Elevator. The public will then be able to vote on the ideas, with each project that receives more than 250 votes eligible to go on to the next stage.

Submission to the competition is open until 23 May, with public voting taking place for a further fortnight (6 June). The winning projects will then be decided by a panel of judges and announced on 24 June, at which point they’ll start the development process with Jisc.

Andy McGregor, deputy chief innovation officer, Jisc says: “Ownership of the student experience shouldn’t belong solely to organisation governors, leaders and staff. Three years of running Summer of Student Innovation have shown us just how astute learners are in devising needs-based tech solutions that address some of the common problems of today’s education and research.”

Projects from previous years of the competition that Jisc continues to work with include Call for Participants, an open platform that helps connect researchers with willing participants from the University of Nottingham, language-learning app Lingoflow from Sussex Downs College, and the University of Southampton’s project to close the feedback loop between staff and students, Unitu.

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