The Summer of Student Innovation (SoSI) project, run by Jisc, is a competition encouraging innovative education technology ideas from students. The initiative focuses on engaging with students to improve creative design, research, entrepreneurial and project management skills.
This year Jisc are running two competitions, a summary of both is below.
Student Ideas competition:
Jisc are seeking ideas for using technology that could improve research, learning or student life and have the potential for wide use across higher and further education.
Your idea might be a small tweak to how things work or a big solution for a whole college, university or other learning provider – but you will be required to show that it could have benefits beyond your own context.
The successful teams each gain an initial £2,000 plus mentoring through a design sprint, and a further £3,000 if we select their idea to be developed as a product.
Supporting tech startup projects:
The supporting technology startup projects competition is for small teams who would like to pilot their existing product within colleges, universities or skills providers.
A £20,000 startup grants will enable five successful teams to turn their working beta into a functioning product. Your product should be at least a working beta; we don’t expect that you will have an existing customer base but some evidence of pilots with learners would be beneficial.
Closing Date for submissions:
The deadline for submission of ideas is just under a month away on 23 May, 23:30h.
Further information on both competitions, how your students can submit their ideas and links to promotional material you can use are included on the Jisc website: