Students offered £5k grants for innovative ideas to improve education, research and student life.
Registration opens today for this year’s Summer of Student Innovation, offering digitally savvy further and higher education (FE and HE) students the chance to create technology solutions that could change the education landscape forever.
The Summer of Student Innovation is a Jisc co-design programme with RLUK; RUGIT; SCONUL; UCISA and ALT. Successful entrants will receive a £5,000 grant from Jisc to develop their ideas further, with the aim of improving students’ creative design, research, entrepreneurial and project management skills.
The successful entrants will be announced in July and given opportunities to join networking workshops with fellow students and experts to further their ideas. Volunteer education organisations will trial the technology developed and those products that are successful will be provided to other interested parties through sustainable routes.
Sharing why RUGIT designed to be a co-design partner in the Summer of Student Innovation, John Shemilt, director of IT at Imperial College London commented:
“It may sound like an obvious answer, but those most likely to know what students want are students themselves. Giving our bright generation of young people full credit for their ideas and an ongoing role in their development will improve student satisfaction and engagement and potentially uncover the entrepreneurs of the future.”
To enter, students must submit a two to five minute video pitch on the Jisc Elevator website alongside a short summary and a 300-500 word description which includes details on the benefits of their idea and its impact on research and education. To be considered for funding, entrants must hit a target of 2501 votes before 10 June 20142. Deadline for submission remains as 30 May 2014.. Voting is open to everyone but votes must come from ten3 different FE and HE institutions.
The winners’ ideas will be showcased later this year to FE and HE IT directors, learning technologists and librarians4, offering them the chance to learn more about the benefits of these newly-developed technologies.
Andrew McGregor, deputy chief innovation officer at Jisc said:
“Technological developments should not only come from academics, college and university managers and organisations operating in the education sector but from the ground up, enabling an internal and needs-led perspective. After the success of last year’s Summer of Student Innovation, we’re sure this year will be even bigger and better.
We look forward to receiving more creative ideas in different areas to support young people in improving the way they and their classmates interact with technology in their education.”
The deadline to apply for the Jisc Summer of Student Innovation is 30 May 2014.
- 1 Reduced from 500 - April 2014
- 2 Voting period extended from 30 May 2014
- 3 Changed from 15 - May 2014
- 4 Removed commercial companies - May 2014