The final Summer of Student Innovation winners have been announced, each bagging up to £10,000 to develop their education technology (edtech) idea in collaboration with Jisc.
With edtech set to be the biggest and most profitable digitalised sector yet1, could these winning ideas be the next big thing?
On 23 August, seven of the 15 Summer of Student Innovation ‘student ideas’ winners beat the competition to secure further funding and support from Jisc to develop their ideas into real products ready for market. The teams will also get first-hand experience of creative design, research, entrepreneurism and project management.
The winning ideas all aim to solve big problems in the education sector that the students have experienced themselves. Following a four day Jisc run ‘design sprint’ based on a technique developed by Google, the students went head to head to persuade the judges in a Dragon’s Den-style pitch.
So who are the winners?
- Augmented Reality App - London School of Economics - An augmented reality app to provide visitors and students with digital content enhancing campus experience
- Mappademia - University of Manchester - A software tool which allows small project groups to generate their own mapping applications
- Stuiz - University Of Bath - Stuiz allows students studying similar courses to compete against each other in quizzes with course-specific content
- Your Book List - University of Glasgow - Connects students buying and selling books at the same university to get the best deal
- arHive; The collective archive - University of Leicester - A collective archive of high-quality crowdsourced scanned pages uploaded to a cloud service to share knowledge
- Know it Wall - University College London - A virtual place for academics to popularise their research
- Survey exchange - University of Central Lancashire - Survey Exchange enables students to find all the answers they need for their surveys using a unique point system
Andy McGregor, deputy chief innovation officer at Jisc, was on the judging panel:
“This year I was impressed by how the student teams had decided to take on big problems that students and the sector have faced for a long time, such as effective public engagement for research, testing via quizzes and effective induction. I was even more impressed that the solutions they were pursuing to these problems were so original.
The two which particularly caught my eye were Know it Wall which puts together accessible and engaging summaries of research for the intellectually curious, and arHive which aims to tackle the problem of cost effective digitisation the huge mass of objects in libraries, archives and museums that only exist as text objects by using crowd sourcing.
As ever with the competition, the entrants were all outstanding and incredibly innovative. The competition really does show that students are best placed to address education sector issues, and their innovative ideas are perfect for supporting learning, teaching or research. We look forward to seeing where these ideas go in the future! ”
Miguel F. Dos Santos, from team Know it Wall said:
“Winning Jisc's student ideas competition means a lot to us. We've never been part of a competition where staff and mentors were so accommodating, supportive and helpful, being able to provide us with valuable advice across a wide range of areas.
Besides, winning this competition - with all that it entails - means that, in practice, Know it Wall is one step closer to achieving the goal of becoming the go-to place on the web for public engagement across all academic disciplines.”
The Summer of Student Innovation is in its fourth year and is managed by Jisc. It is a co-design project with Research Libraries UK (RLUK), Russell Universities' Group of IT Directors (RUGIT), the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL), Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association (UCISA) and the Association for Learning Technology (ALT).
- 1 Techcrunch: Edtech is the next fintech https://www.techcrunch.com/2016/08/13/edtech-is-the-next-fintech/