About the competition
The student ideas competition, formerly known as the Summer of Student Innovation, will return in spring 2018.
The competition will open to all students over 16 years from sixth forms, further education colleges and universities.
Submitting your ideas (Spring 2018)
Students will be invited to submit their ideas on how to improve life in education using technology.
Ideas will be submitted via the competition platform (details to be announced when competition launches) and should include your idea and a short video.
Previous years' entrants aimed to solve big problems in the education sector that the students had experienced themselves.
Voting, shortlisting and final selection
Once your ideas have been submitted, anyone can vote. The submissions with the most votes will form a shortlist to be considered by our selection panel. Fifteen teams will then be selected to attend a design sprint in early August 2018 and receive £2,000 per team in prize money.
Register your interest
Before the competition opens, you can sign up to receive updates on submitting an idea or promoting the competition.
Promotional resources for the competition will also be available here shortly. You can also join the conversation on Twitter using #studentideas.
Who owns my intellectual property?
The intellectual property for the original idea remains with you.
If, in the future, you establish a company to develop your idea and are looking for funding, please contact us.
The ideas competition is part of our larger edtech launchpad programme, where we have established equity funding routes. Combined with our contacts in the higher and further education sector, this makes us ideal partners.
How will my information be used?
If you choose to register your interest, using the form above, this information will be used solely by Jisc and our partner, Emerge Education, to inform you of details relating to the edtech launchpad.
Your personal information will not be shared with any other organisations.
Terms and conditions
By submitting your idea to the student ideas competition you will be agreeing the following terms and conditions. You are also agreeing that all team members comply with the eligibility criteria stated on the competition web page.
Any projects funded via the competition website will be expected to adhere to our terms and conditions of funding for projects (pdf). Projects funded via this competition will have lightweight and informal documentation requirements which will be stated in the funding letter.
All submitted ideas will be subject to an approval process. Approval will be judged against eligibility criteria and the submission criteria. If your idea is rejected you will be provided with the reasons behind the rejection. There is no appeal process relating to that final decision.
We reserve the right to interrupt or remove an idea from the competition site at any time.
Ideas that are successful in gaining the number of votes required will be shortlisted and considered for funding but success in achieving voting targets does not guarantee funding.
Full terms and conditions relating to the submission of ideas and the selection process will be available on the competition platform when submissions open.