There was a buzz in the air last Thursday afternoon as 19 of the projects that have been funded by the IT Innovation Challenge scheme so far converged on IT Services to showcase their work. Some projects have been completed already, and their outputs were on display for visitors to see or to try out. For example, Easy sign-up, which uses chips and barcodes on University cards to register people’s attendance at events, was demonstrated through inviting visitors to enter a raffle. Funding under the scheme has enabled a number of projects to prove the concept of, or pilot, technologies which they are now looking to develop further, including through the University’s technology transfer subsidiary, Isis Innovation. Some apps, such as Evershelf, are already available for download.
Other projects are still under way, and their teams were on hand at the event to talk about their plans and aspirations. These included OxChange, a website which capitalises on the notion of a ‘sharing economy’ in order to connect students with one another based on the exchange of skills.
Visitors to the event also included people who are thinking about submitting ideas to a future challenge; they had the opportunity to discuss their plans with the scheme’s organisers as well as with the current project teams. Short talks by 11 projects were live streamed via the University’s lecture capture service, and the recordings will be available in due course.
Don’t forget that this year’s Student IT Innovation Challenge remains open for ideas until Sunday 5th December. The second of this year’s two staff challenges will be launched in Hilary Term: watch out for announcements on the IT Services website and in this newsletter.
We express our appreciation to Ylva Berglund Prytz and Judy McAuliffe for their professionalism in planning and co-ordinating the showcase and to Dave Baker, Kath Wenczek and the rest of the ITLP team for their invaluable practical support.
Photos by members of the Academic IT group: top and middle – Kate Lindsay, bottom – Peter Robinson.