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Can edtech startups help universities transition to a new normal?

Before the pandemic, we conducted research with 50+ university senior leaders to understand their most pressing priorities. Although these fundamental priorities still hold true, universities have had to significantly rethink their approach as they transition to a new normal. Over the coming weeks, we will be publishing a series of short practical guides for university […]

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GESA at Bett awards 2020

There is never a dull moment in the world of edtech startups and this was more apparent than ever at the The Global EdTech Startup Awards (GESAwards) in January. Part of the Bett conference, the awards which are now in their 6th year, celebrate the best innovations in edtech from 17 countries around the world, […]

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TakeCare App – an integrated students’ wellbeing service on the go

The TakeCare team from the University of Cranfield were a winning team at the Jisc Summer hackathon and talk about the app they developed…. TakeCare was our project tittle, or #takecare as the brand, which is an integrated students’ wellbeing service on the go specifically designed with university students in mind.     Figure 1: […]

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Winning ideas from Summer Hackathon

The summer hackathon took place at the student Change Agents Network Conference from 29-30 May 2019 at the Open University, Milton Keynes. Seven teams participated in the hackathon developing ideas around supporting health and well being, using AI for learning and implementing the intelligent campus. Alex Lydiate from Jisc who ran the hackathon says Helping […]

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Summer Hackathon Winner – AvaMD

AvaMD talk about their winning idea from the Jisc Summer hackathon…. “As medical students, we face difficulties in our training. When it comes to integrating the theory of conditions we learn from textbooks into the real world practice of communicating to patients, taking an effective history and formulating a list of differential diagnoses. After all, […]

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Summer 2019 challenge competitions open

Our summer 2019 challenge competitions are open now for submission of ideas and the closing date has been extended to the 31 July 2019. We are also using a new competition platform which re-introduces voting by staff and students in universities and colleges as part of the shortlisting process. We have already run one challenge […]

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Five ideas to improve UK education and research

Five businesses have been selected for mentorships worth up to £10,000 after successful pitches at our showcase edtech event, Digifest. The successful bidders presented ideas which have the potential to go on to improve, evolve and change UK education and research. Selected by a panel of judges from Jisc and Emerge Education, the winners are: Connect2Teach […]

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Jisc Digifest 2019 Hackathon – insider views

Hopefully you will have seen Peter Cliff’s blog post below on our recent hackathon, which was a huge success and a really enjoyable experience. Now its time to hear from one of the participants, Nathaniel Reed from the winning Hull University team on what their experience was like. The hull team spent the two days […]

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Jisc Hackathon @ DigiFest 2019

Peter Cliff, Senior innovation developer from Jisc writes about the Hackathon he led at 12-13 March at Digifest 2019. We took advantage of DigiFest 2019 to run a student hackathon alongside the main event. It was great to be able to see the wonder that is DigiFest and I think the students appreciated the opportunity […]

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Filling the pot: The Edtech challenge and a VLE without a screen

“New ideas pass through three periods: It can’t be done. It probably can be done, but it’s not worth doing. I knew it was a good idea all along!”  Arthur C Clarke We started this challenge as a way of filling the pot with ideas, Arthur C Clarke’s assertion of the three periods of an […]