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Student Innovation winners make edtech inventions a reality

With edtech set to be the biggest and most profitable digitalised sector yet, could these winning ideas be the next big thing?

Posted by Hannah Oakman | September 07, 2016 | Higher education

On 23 August, following a four day Jisc run ‘design sprint’ based on a technique developed by Google, students went head to head to persuade the judges in a Dragon’s Den style pitch to develop their ideas. Seven of the 15 Summer of Student Innovation ‘Student Ideas’ winners beat the competition to secure up to £10,000 funding and support from Jisc. As well as the opportunity to develop their ideas into 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. 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: “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).

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