We were looking for ideas that can help us to address the next big edtech challenges in education and research. We're running multiple challenges throughout the year.
There are no challenges currently running.
Challenge one: a virtual learning environment without a screen
We asked for your ideas for what a (virtual) learning environment of the future could be like without the constraint of a computer, phone or tablet screen.
- The VLE of the future: Dr Mary McVey and a team of eight students, School of Life Sciences, University of Glasgow
- The student body: Mark Shand, University of the West of England, Bristol
- Boxi, a personal learning companion: Leanne Fitton, Manchester Metropolitan University
- Health + content + context: Thomas Tomlinson and Mike Ewen, University of Hull
We welcomed external judge James Seaman, account chief technologist at Softcat.
Challenge two: Digifest 2019 hackathon
Challenge three: summer 2019 hackathon
We were looking for student teams from universities and colleges across the UK to join us at the summer 2019 hackathon on the 29-30 May at the The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes.
Challenge four: student of the future - campus 2030
We wanted to know what you think it will be like to study at university or college in 2030. What is the one thing that you feel would improve your experience on your existing course?
Challenge five: how to stop cheating
We were looking for ways to stop students cheating and handing in assignments that are not their own work.
Challenge six: innovating research with artificial intelligence
We were looking for ideas showing how research and research practices could be improved with creative applications of high powered artificial intelligence or machine learning.
Challenge seven: innovating research with mixed reality
This challenge asks you to think about how we can enhance and innovate research practices via new mediums such as augmented or virtual reality.
Each challenge states who is eligible to enter (for example staff, students, interested individuals or teams) but you must be working, living or studying in the UK and 16 or over to submit an idea or attend events.
Terms of entry
The Jisc edtech challenges and hackathons are a range of competitions run by Jisc for staff, students and other interested individuals who have an idea to solve our challenges but have not yet developed it.
The competitions and hackathons are titled:
- Challenge one: a virtual learning environment without a screen (finished)
- Challenge two: Digifest hackathon (finished)
- Challenge three: summer 2019 hackathon (finished)
- Challenge four: student of the future - campus 2030
- Challenge five: how to stop cheating
- Challenge six: innovating research with artificial intelligence
- Challenge seven: innovating research with mixed reality
(each being a “competition”).
The following terms of entry will help you to prepare your entry into each competition.
Jisc’s general competition terms and conditions (pdf) will also apply to each competition.
- You must be an individual, 16 or over and resident in the UK to enter any competition and submit your idea(s)
- Employees of Jisc or any of its subsidiary companies are not eligible to participate in any competition
- All submissions must be completed online by the stated closing date for each competition.
- Entries should be no more than 1,000 words, but you may upload additional supporting material including videos
- The competition winners and runners-up will be announced on the competition website after the competition judging or hackathon event is completed
- Jisc will not seek ownership in any intellectual property contained within your competition submission but we do need certain rights to run each competition. So you give Jisc the right to use, reproduce and display your idea and any supporting materials on the competition website and for the purposes set out on the competition website and in these terms of entry. It is therefore important that you either own any intellectual property related to your submission or have permission from the owner to grant the above rights to Jisc
- If necessary please ensure you have the permission of your employer to submit your idea or any supporting materials
- Where prizes are awarded, winners may be required to submit valid identification before receiving their prize
- The prizes are non-transferable and there are no prize alternatives
- As tax implications will vary depending on your status and circumstance, you will need to ensure you arrange these so please seek professional advice if you are unsure
- The decision of the judging panel is final
- Jisc's general competition terms and conditions apply (pdf)
Additional terms of entry
- Teams will be selected based on their online submission by the hackathon facilitators. There is a maximum of 20 student places
- Teams will pitch their outputs at the end of the hackathon and a panel of judges will select a winner and runners-up based on the idea and the work completed at the hackathon
- The winners and runners-up will receive a share of the £1000 in prizes to decided by the judging panel at the event
Challenge four and five
- Ideas will be shortlisted using crowd sourced voting, all ideas reaching a target of 250 votes will progress to the next judging stage
- The judging panel will include some independent experts and the names of those one the judging panel are available on request. The judging panel will be assessing ideas based on their technical feasibility, desirability and benefits for universities and colleges and innovation
- The winners of the competition will receive a cash prize of £500 and the runners-up will receive cash prizes of £50 each
- Prizes can be claimed by submitting a Jisc Services Limited expenses claim which will be provided to recipients following announcement of the results
Challenge six and seven
- All ideas will be evaluated by a judging panel
- The judging panel will include some independent experts and the names of those one the judging panel are available on request. The judging panel will be assessing ideas based on benefits for researchers, innovation, and desirability
- The winner(s) will be featured on the Jisc blog and will be invited to participate in a design sprint with a dedicated team of Jisc resources to develop a proof of concept for the winning idea
If you have any questions about entries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.