Summer of Student Innovation: student technology design competition

Jisc is offering students £5,000 grants to develop innovative ideas to improve education, research and student life.

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Successful applicants for the second Summer of Student Innovation will be announced in July and given opportunities to join networking workshops with fellow students and experts to further their ideas. Volunteer colleges and universities will trial the technologies that are developed and those products that are successful will be provided to other interested parties.

Finally the winners’ ideas will be showcased later this year to FE and HE IT directors, learning technologists, librarians and commercial companies, offering them the chance to learn more about the benefits of these newly-developed technologies.  

McGregor says that two projects from last year’s Summer of Student Innovation are already developing into technologies which have the potential to shake up the research sector.

"Call for Participants is a website which is enabling researchers to aggregate their advertisements for research subjects, so they can have a central web presence which potential participants can browse through. FundFind is a platform that will help researchers to find the pots of funding available for their areas of interest. Both of these projects offer a glimpse of the ways in which practical, but innovative, technologies could improve the day-to-day working lives of researchers."

To enter your ideas and encourage your fellow students to vote for your suggestions visit the Jisc Elevator website or follow #studentideas on Twitter.

Image courtesy of ShedBOy^ via Flickr.

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