New contest offering £192k to encourage digital innovation in education


IC tomorrow in association with Nesta is pleased to announce the ‘Digital Innovation Contest – Education’ in partnership with Cambridge University Press, The Open University, Mozilla and Pearson.

The contest, which opens today, is offering four awards of up to £48,000 (including VAT) each to develop innovative commercial prototypes that meet the following challenges:

  • English language vocabulary learning, in partnership with Cambridge University Press.
    Challenge: To create a new digital application or service to assist English language vocabulary learning.
  • Enabling responsible use of personally owned devices in schools, in partnership with The Open University.
    Challenge: To create a new digital application or service to help ensure that learners use their personally-owned devices responsibly in schools
  • Digital assessment and accreditation, in partnership with Mozilla.
    Challenge: To develop a digital assessment toolkit and supporting technology to easily implement testing and accredit learned skills.
  • Beyond digital textbooks, in partnership with Pearson.
    Challenge: To create a new digital application or service to offer learners a dynamic and visual way of accessing learning content more traditionally found in static textbooks.

The contest is open to any UK-based company or developer; it is not necessary to have an existing app or service to apply, or to be currently active in the education sector. Applicants will be judged on their ability to design a prototype solution, which both meets the specific category challenge and shows sufficient innovation and wider commercial potential and applicability. The applicants must also have a clear idea of the revenue earning potential/business model of their proposed solution.

In addition to the £48,000 of funding, winners of the ‘Digital Innovation Contest – Education’ will retain their intellectual property and benefit from the valuable opportunity to establish an early customer for their new technology, by running a three month trial with the relevant contest partner.

Deadline for submissions to the contest is 12 noon, Monday 8 April.

Full contest and application details are available here.

Contest briefing event on Thursday 14 March in London

We are holding a briefing event to give applicants the opportunity to find out more about the contest. We will have representatives from IC tomorrow and the challenge partners who will be able to answer questions about the contest challenges as well as the application and assessment processes.

This event is a great opportunity for anyone who is thinking about entering the contest to ensure their application fits the judging criteria.

‘Digital Innovation Contest – Education’ briefing event
When: 10.00am – 12.00pm, Thursday 14 March
Where: The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London SW1H 0AD

Further details and registration for the briefing event are available here.

There will also be live webinar for anyone who is unable to attend the event. You can register for the webinar here.

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