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First, come up with an idea and shoot a brief video pitch –
it could be as simple as talking about your idea on camera!
Then, tell the world about it and get support from friends and peers.
If you have any questions email: email@example.com
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. Ideas with sufficient support will be shortlisted 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Jisc covers the costs of the platform so you only pay payment processing fees with PayPal or Stripe.
Shortlisted ideas will be judged by a selection panel of edtech experts and 15 teams will be chosen to attend a residential design sprint in Brimingham on 6–10 August 2018. The design sprint will be an opportunity to work with Jisc staff and invited experts to develop each team’s idea into a prototype design of your idea.
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.
After the end of the competition period, you will receive the funds pledged by your sponsors even if you don’t end up going to the design sprint. It will be up to you to demonstrate that you are spending them towards realizing the project – we recommend spelling out how you will do it clearly in the project description!