About Jisc and Emerge


We are the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions. Our vision is for the UK to be the most digitally-advanced higher education, further education and research nation in the world. We know that digital technology has the ability to transform the student experience. We have the experience, expertise and know-how to drive that transformation. Find out more about who we are and what we do: https://www.jisc.ac.uk/about/who-we-are-and-what-we-do

Emerge Education

Emerge Education is Europe’s leading seed investor in education technology companies. Our mission is to create a better education for billions of people by investing in and accelerating the growth of transformative technologies. We work with schools, colleges, and universities to identify key education challenges and support evidence-based technological solutions that have the potential to address them at global scale. To find out more, visit our website: http://emerge.education.

The Student Ideas Competition

The Students Ideas competition part of the edtech launchpad which is supporting students, startups and companies to develop new edtech ideas. Together with Emerge Education, Jisc are looking for fresh ideas from students, as well as products from startups and established companies, that have the potential to benefit the further and higher education sector. See https://www.jisc.ac.uk/rd/projects/edtech-launchpad

The Edtech Launchpad Student Ideas is a platform for students in higher and further education, including sixth forms, to garner support for their ideas about how technology can improve education, research and student life. See https://www.jisc.ac.uk/rd/get-involved/student-ideas-competition

Ideas with sufficient support will be shortlisted for Jisc's Student Ideas Competition and 15 of those teams will be selected to receive £2,000 from Jisc to attend a design sprint and develop a prototype design of their idea.

What kinds of support?

Ideas submitted to this platform can receive two kinds of support: through crowdfunding or through voting. Ideas with high numbers of supporters will be shortlisted as part of Jisc’s Student Ideas Competition.

What is the design sprint?

The 15 successful team will be required to attend a five-day design sprint which is an intensive planning course with support from mentors. Teams from FE colleges should be accompanied by a member of staff from the college. The designs print takes place from 6-10 August 2018, Aston Conference Centre, Birmingham.

What is the competition timeline

  • Submissions and voting open: 5 March
  • Submissions close: 30 April (extended to 13 May)
  • Voting and crowdfunding closes: 13 May
  • Selection process: 14 – 28 May
  • Successful teams notified: w/c 28 May
  • Design sprint: 6-19 August

How voting works

What if people can’t give money?

That’s ok! To be shortlisted for the competition, you only need to show you have enough people rooting for you. To make sure everyone’s voice is heard regardless of financial ability, the selection panel will not take into account the amount of money you have raised – only the number of those who have pledged to sponsor to your project or have voted for it.

How can people vote?

In addition to sponsorship pledges, each project page has a ‘Follow’ or ‘Become a helper’ button. The selection panel will tally the total number of followers and helpers as well as sponsors in deciding the shortlist.

How many votes are required to be shortlisted

You need to get at least 200 votes. Once you have reached the target we will let you know and show you have been shortlisted on the website.

What is a project?

When you publish your idea, we call it a project. For your idea to become a project, you must have a clear goal and be able to explain how you will spend the funds you raise. This has to be related to achieving that goal and making the first steps towards realizing your ideas as a product (sorry, pizza deliveries don’t count!). The feedback and level of support you receive will be an early sign of whether people want your product to exist.

How Crowdfunding Works

What is Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is sponsorship by a crowd of many donors, each making an individual, small donation towards your funding goal. These donors can be your friends, family, alumni of the same institution or complete strangers who would like to see your idea brought to life

Sponsors help fund projects. To help this process along Creators can offer rewards for donations. Funds only change hands when a project achieves its minimum needed.

For more information on the sponsorship process for both Sponsors and Creators, please visit our About section.

Who can be a Creator?

The Jisc crowdfunding website has been created tu support edtech ideas from students. A Creator must be a registered member of a university, college or school. Where the Creator is a member of staff, the project must be for the direct benefit of students.

Crowdfunding is an inherently public process so, for child protection reasons, team members have to be at least 16 years old and Creators at least 18 years old. If younger than this, students can ask a member of staff at their school or college to register as the Creator of the project, e.g. their teacher or coach.

Why do alumni sponsor projects?

Most alumni had close attachment to clubs and societies during their time at university, college or school. They are keen to help and support their old establishments, especially when Creators offer them rewards which help them to reconnect.

How much can Creators raise for projects?

Crowdfunding supports all sorts of projects, from big to small. Creators can raise funds for projects of any size they wish. There really isn't a limit on too small or too big - whether that's £100 or £100,000 however all projects needs to meet the eligibility criteria or the competition to be accepted.

What is all-or-nothing funding?

All-or-nothing funding means that unless your project has achieved its minimum fundraising target by its fundraising deadline, no donations or rewards change hands.

We ask you for two amounts – the minimum you need, and your ultimate target. Funds only change hands if a project has reached its minimum once it hit its end date. This means you only need to carry out your project and deliver rewards if you achieve this minimum target. We recommend setting the minimum at the smallest amount you need to complete your project and successfully deliver rewards. You can still set a bigger project target as well!

Account Settings

Can I change my profile name?

Make sure you're logged in, go to 'account', and click on the 'edit profile' button.

I forgot my password. How can I log in?

D'oh! You can reset your password by clicking the 'reset your password' link on the login page. You will be sent an mail which contains a link to gain access to your account.

How do I delete my account?

Contact us using our contact form! We'll miss you!

Can I change my email notification settings?

You will only receive emails about projects which you are following. To stop receiving these, go to the project page and click 'Follow' - when the pink heart is absent you won't receive email updates. If you no longer wish to receive our newsletter, click on 'Unsubscribe' at the bottom of any newsletter.

Starting your project

Can I be a Creator?

Are you a registered student or apprentice at a university, college or sixth form school? Yes? Then you can be a Creator and post projects on Hubbub!

Creators need to be at least 18 years old. All team members have to be at least 16 years of age. However If you're under 18 and want to post a project, you'll need to get someone 18 or over to register on the site and be responsible for your project, e.g. your teacher or coach.

What types of project can I post?

Do you have an innovative technology project idea that will improve education, research and student life, in your school, university or college? Then we’d like to hear about your idea.

We encourage a very broad scope for ideas, but they do have to focus on technology and do have to improve research, education or the student experience. The project idea must be transferable to other institutions, it can’t benefit only you, your school, college or university.

You can see some past ideas from the competition here https://elevator.jisc.ac.uk/e/student-ideas-2016/ideas

A few rules do apply and you can see these in the Hubbub Guidelines.

For advice on how to create an awesome project visit Hubbub Academy.

Can I raise money to just support an idea for my school, college or university?

No. Only project ideas that have wider benefits than your own institution are allowed.

Is a PayPal account required?

Not necessarily - you have a choice: PayPal or Stripe (or both). PayPal is a global payment service that facilitates our use of pledges and all-or-nothing funding. Stripe is an online payment service that allows pledges by credit or debit card. You will need a confirmed PayPal and / or Stripe account to use Hubbub. It's worth setting these accounts up as early as possible.

Are a minimum needed, funding target and completion date required?

Yes! A minimum needed, funding target and completion date are all required. For advice on selecting your funding target and completion date, please visit Hubbub Academy.

What is all-or-nothing funding?

All-or-nothing funding means that unless your project has achieved its minimum fundraising target by its fundraising deadline, no donations or rewards change hands.

We ask you for two amounts – the minimum you need, and your ultimate target. Funds only change hands if a project has reached its minimum once it hit its end date. This means you only need to carry out your project and deliver rewards if you achieve this minimum target. We recommend setting the minimum at the smallest amount you need to complete your project and successfully deliver rewards. You can still set a bigger project target as well!


Are rewards required?

No! However you may wish to consider offering a reward for a donation helps Sponsors to engage with your project and encourages donations. The better your rewards, the more likely you are to reach your funding target. But remember, you only need to deliver your rewards if your project reaches its minimum needed and after you have received your funding. This means that the funds you receive will cover the cost of rewards.

For advice on choosing rewards, check out Hubbub's Rewards Guide.

How can I get Sponsors' information to give them their rewards?

We will collect all of the information you need for you and make it available to you after your completion date if your project is successful.

After Submission

What happens after I submit my project?

For advice on how to promote you project, you can visit the Promotion section of Hubbub Academy.

They also have some great advice and checklists in their Promotions Guide.

Can I edit my project after submitting?

Sorry! Apart from us needing to keep reviewing amended proposals, we feel this allows too much room for Creators to change the deal after Sponsors have made donations.

However, you can add updates to your project once published so that Sponsors can keep track of the latest developments.

Can I change my minimum, funding goal or completion date after submitting?

No. It is not permitted to edit your project after submission.

Can I edit my project after funding is completed?

No, otherwise Creators would be able to raise money donated for one purpose and then spend it on something different. This isn't fair on your Sponsors.

How many projects can I post at the same time?

As many as you want. We impose no limit though it might be in your interest to keep the number of live projects low. This prevents you exhausting your networks of potential Sponsors. Sponsors are unlikely to donate several times to the same person or society in a short space of time. Even if they do, their donations will be far smaller when shared between multiple projects, meaning that maybe none of your projects get funded!

Can I split funding for one project into several projects?

Yes. The advantage of doing this is that people might be more interested in one aspect of your plans than another and, in doing so, you're giving them the freedom to choose where to put their money. The disadvantages are outlined above. You must also remember that if you earn funding for one aspect of the project, but not the others, you are still obliged to complete the successfully funded project.

Can I share my project with friends before I submit?

Yes. In the sense that you will be able to discuss what you're doing with people online and via word of mouth. However, you will not be able to send people a link to your project in draft mode (though screenshots are possible). In order for other people to view your projects prior to it going live, you will need to log in to your account and demo the project in preview mode.

Can I cancel my project?

You can cancel a project by informing us using our contact form. We will notify your Sponsors.

Can I retry if unsuccessful?

Yes. If you didn't reach your minimum you can re-submit your project as many times as you like. However, we recommend that you make some alterations. Why weren't you successful last time? Would a different funding target or completion date help?

You can view advice on setting these in Hubbub Academy.

What happens if funding is completed before the completion date?

Nothing! There isn't an option to end a project early. Donations are only collected at the completion date. We allow Sponsors to continue donating even after your target has been reached so you could even generate more. We have found that projects offering great rewards have managed to achieve many times their funding target!

Can I raise more than my minimum needed?

Yes. Your minimum needed is the minimum you need with which to carry out your project.

How many Creators can I have on my project?

There can only be one Creator account per project, but you should definitely get help from your friends and other society, club, group or department members to help create and promote it.

Can I pledge to my own project?

Sadly no. Credit card rules do not allow Creators to make a payment to themselves. This prevents individuals from attempting to obtain a cash advance. Please don't try it - not even from another account. PayPal may suspend your account, but may not tell you until after the project completion date. This will mean losing all of your Sponsors' donations!

Where can I find Sponsors?

Finding Sponsors is vital if you are to achieve your funding target. For advice on how to promote you project, please visit the Promotion section of Hubbub Academy.


Does PayPal charge any fees?

PayPal applies fees of 3-5% to successful projects. Please visit PayPal's Fees page for more information on their costs.

Does Stripe charge any fees for credit/debit card payments?

Stripe applies fees of 2.4% + 20p for every donation made to successful projects. Please visit Stripe's Fees page for more information on their costs.

Does it cost anything to post on Hubbub?

No. Not a penny. Payment fees will only be applied when a project is successfully funded.

Project Media

Do I have to make a video?

No, but a video is highly recommended as it greatly improves your chances of achieving your funding target.

Can I add a video later?

No. You can't edit a project after submitting it.

Any advice on what makes a great video?

Hop on over to the Video section of Hubbub Academy for advice on how to put a great video together.

What types of video can I use?

Hubbub accepts Vimeo and YouTube videos.

How large can my video's file size be?

Hubbub accepts Vimeo and YouTube videos. Vimeo's basic account has a limit of 500mb per file and 5GB for premium accounts. Youtube has a limit of 2GB.

How many images can I have?

One video, but as many images as you like! You just need to enter the web address of the image in your project description.

Can I use music on my video?

Yes, but only if you have permission to do so from its owner! Alternatively you can use any music from http://freemusicarchive.org/

Can I embed media?

You can add images to the description section of your project, but not videos.


What are Updates?

An Update is a bit like a status update on Facebook or a tweet on Twitter. It lets Sponsors know about developments in your project and how you're getting on. They breathe life into your project and are essential to the sponsorship process. For advice on how to use them visit the Updates section of Hubbub Academy.

What media can I use in Updates?

You can add images, but not videos.

Will Sponsors know if I've posted an Update?

Yes. We will notify them automatically. For advice on how to use them visit the Updates section of Hubbub Academy.


What is my responsibility for answering questions from Sponsors?

Sponsors will ask you questions about your project. They may want more information on your rewards or to ask for more details about how you will carry out your project, or even for more information on you! Sponsors should be answered promptly. In cases where many Sponsors ask the same question, you should answer with an Update to your project so that anyone viewing it can see this information.

What if I can't complete my project as listed?

If this is the case you must cancel funding immediately. However, please be aware that this could damage your reputation and that of your university, college or school, so please do not do it lightly.

You can cancel a project by informing us using our contact form. We will notify your Sponsors.

What if I can't deliver a reward?

Get in touch with the Sponsor(s) immediately. Creators who are honest and open will find Sponsors to be far more forgiving. You may be asked to provide a different reward. In very rare instances, a Sponsor may request a refund. When you submit your project you will be asked to agree to a refund policy, which we will also display to the Sponsor when they make a pledge.

Supporting a Project Idea

There are two ways to support a project idea in the student ideas competition.

  1. All project ideas submitted are able to crowdsource funding and receive that funding if they reach their target. As a sponsor you can pledge money to help them achieve their project.

  2. All project ideas are entered into a competition and 15 winners will receive £2000 per team and attend a 5 -day residential design sprint where they will be supported by mentors to develop their idea further. To be shortlisted project ideas need to achieve at least 200 supporters. As a sponsor you can vote for a project idea.


How do I vote for an idea?

Each project page has a ‘Follow’ or ‘Become a helper’ button, selecting either will count as a vote. The selection panel will tally the total number of followers and helpers as well as sponsors in deciding the shortlist.

How do I know when the idea has been shortlisted?

The project will display a message to say the project has reached the target for shortlisting. This is separate to the project achieving the crowdfunding target.


Can I be a Sponsor?

Yes. Anybody can be a Sponsor. You will need either (a) a PayPal account, or (b) a debit or credit card. The project owner decides which of these two methods of payment they will accept (or both), so the payment choices rest with them. You will be asked for your details when you pledge to a project.

How do I make a pledge?

Simply find a project you like and hit the 'Sponsor This Project' button at the right-hand side of the page and follow the on-screen instructions.

When will I be charged?

Your card or PayPal account will be charged after the project fundraising deadline but only if the project you pledge to achieve its minimum needed by this date.

If the project is unsuccessful no money changes hands, so your card/account is not charged.

What happens if a project does not achieve its minimum needed?

Nothing! No money changes hands. This is all-or-nothing funding.

Can I pledge anonymously?

Yes. When you make a pledge you will be given the option of displaying:

  • your name and the value of you pledge;
  • just your name; or
  • remaining completely anonymous.

Please note that you will not be anonymous to the Creator - only to the public.

Is the value of my pledge made public?

Not automatically. We leave it entirely up to you to decide whether your name and contribution should be displayed as described above.

What info about me do you give to the Creator?

Creators see your username, the size of your donation, and the reward you've selected. If their project is successful, we'll also give the Creator your email address so that they can contact you regarding your rewards.

Will you notify me if a project I'm sponsoring is successful?

Yes. You will receive an email regardless of whether the project is successful or not.

Can I change my pledge?

You will not be allowed to amend an existing donation but you can add another one.

How do I change my credit card details before funding ends?

Please visit PayPal and log in to change your credit card details. If you paid directly by card, please get in touch with us at info@hubbub.net

Can I cancel my pledge?

When you make a pledge you make a commitment to that Creator. We, and the Creator, would really appreciate it if you don't cancel your pledge. If you really really must, you can do so through the PayPal website.

What happens if my credit card is declined?

Don’t worry, if this happens you will be sent a re-pledge link so you can make sure you have the necessary funds available and re-donate.


Can I trust Creators?

In terms of a Creator's ability to deliver, it's up to them to make the case that they can successfully bring their project to life. A creator will find it very difficult to raise funds for a project without enlisting the support of individuals in their network, as well as related organisations, and their institution.

In many cases, you will know the project creator, or you heard about the project from a trusted source. Obviously, in these cases, you will have fewer problems of trust. The advantage of our focus on registered students is that it's very difficult for these to avoid detection and institutional redress.

Creators are encouraged to share links to their personal websites, Facebook groups and Twitter feeds as well as any pages that show work related to the project, or past projects. Still not sure? Ask the Creator a question via their profile or project page. At the end of the day, we leave it to your judgement. If you spot anything you think looks suspicious, there is a button on every project page where you can report suspicious projects.

How can I get more info about a project?

Most people will be happy with the information provided in the proposal and video. Short of visiting the Creator's website, you can ask them directly! You can contact the Creator directly through their profile or project page. If you have already sponsored a project and you would like to make your question public, you can post a comment on the project. The Creator will be notified by email when you do.

Will projects be completed as described?

In terms of a Creator's ability to deliver, it's up to them to make the case that they can successfully bring their project to life. Part of the Creator's job is earning the trust of Sponsors, especially those who don't personally know them.

What do I do if the rewards haven't yet been delivered?

The delivery of rewards is a tough part of the process for Creators, especially where there are large numbers of rewards to send out or they have problems with the organisations producing their rewards. Hopefully, they will communicate any problems to you and we ask for your understanding here. However, if you wish to inquire further, you can contact the Creator directly through their profile or project page.

In very rare instances, you may wish to request a refund from a Creator. You can view the Creator's refund policy on the payment page, before making a pledge.