After 36 ideas, 6,500 student votes and 550 tweets we are delighted to announce the final 21 winners of the Summer of Student Innovation competition.
The competition was devised by Jisc, RLUK, RUGIT, SCONUL and UCISA as part of a new co-design approach to innovation within UK education. Improving the student experience is widely recognised as one of the most important strategic drivers for universities and colleges. We strongly believe that students should have a prime role in developing novel ways to improve their learning experience. So the inspiration for the competition was to give students the chance to develop ideas to do just that. Students from universities and colleges were invited to produce a video pitch to market their idea to their peers (for votes) and a jury of professionals in the field.
We were delighted with the response. 36 ideas were submitted with 33 hitting the threshold of 150 votes from at least three institutions. The standard of the ideas was very high, especially in terms of the video presentations, despite the very short timescale for submission. If we were feeling particularly mischievous we would point out that the video standard was much higher than when we ran a similar pilot that was open to university staff. This high standard made whittling the list of 33 down to our target of 20 ideas very difficult. In the end we could only whittle it down as far as 21. So here are our final 21:
Matthew Terrell, University of Nottingham
Allowing academics to manage and simplify the recruitment of participants for research
Elaine Bateman, Undergraduate at Open University
Keeps track of your available study time, adjusts your study schedule to compensate whilst allowing breaks for morale
Caroline Nguyen, Undergraduate at University of Edinburgh
An online platform for students with non-academic projects to connect with other students that can help them get it done
Emanuil Tolev, Undergraduate at Aberystwyth University
A website which allows funders and Unis to post funding opportunities and allows you to find them + more!
Andrew Isherwood, Undergraduate at University of Salford
Developing applications through the aid of graphical representation of your code as you progress
Adam Plowman, Undergraduate at University College London
A website and smartphone app will allow for much greater student engagement during lectures
Edmund Gentle, Undergraduate at Plymouth University
Allows individuals to be able to choose what types of emails they receive and how often using a simple web application
Richard Francis, Undergraduate Bucks New University
A revolution in how students manage commitments to enable efficient socialising
Alex Best, Undergraduate at University of Warwick
A new intelligent online learning system for Maths, Computer Science and related subjects.
Joel Murphy, Undergraduate at Cardiff University
An application that helps you to annotate, organise, share, and discuss University notes with friends
Chris Medwell, Taught Postgraduate at University Centre Doncaster
A mobile eILP/Target Tracker designed for SEN. Creating an inclusive and accessible learner voice
Connor Atherton, Undergraduate at Lancaster University
Web software that allows students to forecast their marks and view their progress throughout the year
Robert Chokr, Taught Postgraduate at University of Bath
Crowdsourcing platform for academic research that helps academics and students achieve their research
Alex Gibberd, Research Postgraduate at University College London
A scientific network to promote collaboration on public engagement projects, initially focussed in London
Thomas Lim, Undergraduate at Imperial College London
A platform to collate personal feedback on teaching assistants, which is crucial for a complete learning experience
Laurence Belcher, Undergraduate at University of Exeter
A cost-effective, open source device to monitor the natural environment and to facilitate data sharing
Kieran Wright, Student at Barking and Dagenham College
A website like a forum or social network that improves communication between students studying related subject areas
James Yorke, Undergraduate at University of Greenwich
An external VLE created by (and for) students to allow the sharing of resources and to inspire national peer learning
Matt Beveridge, Undergraduate at University of Birmingham
An online noticeboard for university students.
Joseph Chamberlain, Undergraduate at University of Liverpool
A website for students to receive help and advice from other members of their subject department
William Zeng Research Postgraduate at Oxford University
A collaborative, open source, network building tool to share and organise notes and research
We would like to congratulate all students who took part. Their ideas were great, and if we could have supported them all we would. We are sure that the students who didn’t get funding will still go on to great success. We wish them the best of luck and we’d love to hear from them again in future competitions.
The successful winners will now work on developing their ideas over the summer. In the autumn we will be organising an event to showcase the technology that the students have developed and encouraging universities and colleges to trial and adopt their innovations. We’ll publish more details about that event soon.
It promises to be a very interesting and inspiring summer.
Co-written with Andrew McGregor, programme manager, Jisc.
Update - 16 October 2013
Study Buddy is now called Crasto. Sigma is now called MiMir.