Spring into IT innovation

The IT Innovation Challenges provide funding for small-scale digital projects that will bring a benefit to the University; for example, by creating an app or website, or by using an existing technology in a novel way. The Spring 2016 challenge is open from 10 February and welcomes ideas from University staff.

For this round we particularly welcome ideas for digital projects in three categories:

  • targeting inclusivity: ie helping to promote equality, value diversity and maintain a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all staff and students are respected to assist them in reaching their full potential;
  • facilitating the capturing and/or recording of research data and processes;
  • an ‘open’ category for ideas in other areas.

If you have an idea that could make a difference to an aspect of studying or working at the University, we encourage you to submit it to the Oxford Ideas website. The scheme promotes the development of ideas through open discussion; the more your idea is talked about, the stronger it will become, so it is important to submit your idea as early as possible.

Even if you don’t have an idea you can still get involved by providing advice, or by commenting and voting on other people’s ideas. Simply visit Oxford Ideas and sign in using your usual University single sign-on.

This challenge closes for ideas at midnight on Saturday 12 March 2016, but it will remain open for comments, discussion and voting until midnight on Friday 18 March. After that, ideas will be evaluated and a selection of them will be invited to develop a project proposal to be considered for funding. Successful proposals can receive up to £60k to run the project.

For more information about the scheme, please visit the IT Innovation Challenges website, where you will find updates about the latest challenge and links to further information. You can also sign up for our Q&A session on 16 February, when you’ll be able to put your questions directly to the co-ordinators of the scheme.

Read about some of the projects that have already been funded by the IT Innovation Challenges scheme.

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