The University of Brighton Digital Award is funded by Santander Universities and powered by Elevator, Jisc’s open innovation platform. https://elevator.jisc.ac.uk/e/university-brighton-digital
We invited entries from students and staff who recorded short YouTube “elevator pitches” that described how technical ideas and solutions could improve the experience for students and staff at the University of Brighton.
Once an idea was been submitted it was open to voting, the idea being that crowd sourcing can help find the best ideas, and the folk with the most drive to get their ideas out there.
All ideas receiving over 50 votes were reviewed by a marking panel and from these emerged our #4BrightIdeas.
So who won?
Robert Otim, a BSc (Hons) Product Design final year student, with “Searchable”
A smartphone application designed to help students locate available computers based on their software requirements.
Poppy Mosbacher, an MA in Sustainable Design student with “Virtual Reality Cameras”
A 3D scanner with up to 40 cameras taking photos from all angles of people or objects such as architect models.
Clare Griffiths, Business Development Manager in Student Services with “Now & Next”
A web-based app for students and graduates, which helps users develop their skills and find employment.
Lorenzo Ferronato, an MSc User Experience Design student with “SkillEx”
A place for discovering skills, exchange knowledge and promoting collaboration between students and between staff
So what’s next?
We have contacted the winners and will sort out their prizes money, and plans for how to take forward their ideas, which I’ll blog here.
I’m going to write a post for Jisc on the experience of using the elevator tool (which took a huge weight off us), and will follow up with folk who were unsuccessful too.
Big Thanks to Paul Bailey and Andy McGregor at Jisc for letting us use their elevator, and Holly at Santander Universities for funding this activity and being so encouraging.
Thanks to Sam Davies Director of Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement, for letting us try something different, Sam Zubaidi our Enterprise Officer for guidance throughout, and Bethany Wren and the SU for their continued support of the E-Learning team plans.