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UCL students win Jisc Summer of Student Innovation Prize

By Janina Dewitz, on 9 September 2016

Know It Wall has been announced as a Summer of Student Innovation winner, bagging £10,000 in funds to further develop their idea in collaboration with Jisc.

On 23 August, seven of the 15 Summer of Student Innovation ‘Student Ideas’ first round winners beat the competition to secure further funding and support from Jisc to develop their ideas into real products ready for market. Following a four day Jisc run ‘design sprint’ in Birmingham, the student teams went head to head to persuade the judges in a Dragon’s Den style pitch, and we are proud to announce that Know It Wall came out on top!

Know It Wall aims to make current academic research accessible to the intellectually curious public through the use of text and high quality audio-visual content. So far the team have produced 18 episodes on topics ranging from human memory to the discovery of the Higgs Boson. Team Know It Wall is planning to spend the prize money on producing video content and the development of additional features to the website.

Feeling curious? Dip right in at http://knowitwall.com !

Find out more about the project…


The Summer of Student Innovation is in its fourth year and is managed by Jisc. More information is available at https://www.jisc.ac.uk/student-innovation.

“The competition really does show that students are best placed to address education sector issues, and their innovative ideas are perfect for supporting learning, teaching or research”
– Andy McGregor, Deputy Chief Innovations Officer, Jisc

Have you got students with an innovative edtech idea? Digital Education Futures can provide support and mentorship.

Contact Janina Dewitz, Innovations Officer, j.dewitz@ucl.ac.uk


2 Responses to “UCL students win Jisc Summer of Student Innovation Prize”

  • 1
    ParamaChaudhury wrote on 9 September 2016:

    RT @UCLDigiEd: UCL students win Jisc Summer of Student Innovation Prize: Know It Wall has been… https://t.co/TXydWHRAkf

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    Matt Jenner wrote on 9 September 2016:

    That’s brilliant – well done to all involved 🙂

    Video is expensive but is it really needed to enhance the idea? I am not so sure, The Conversation does very well, no video. Same for Wikipedia. I wouldn’t assume more digestible = the passive flow of video media.

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