Young Innovators Challenge
The Young Innovators Challenge returns with a new focus on
social innovation. This is a great opportunity to
develop ideas and new ways of tackling real issues that can make a
difference in Scotland and beyond.
The 21st century has brought with it a number of challenges and
opportunities for Scotland. Healthcare issues such as obesity and
dementia are a growing threat, which need addressed as a nation.
There are also opportunities to develop new and cleaner sources of
power for our country, make our cities more sustainable, and
improve our communities with the latest technological developments.
The solutions to the challenges we face are out there and just need
that spark of ingenuity to bring them together!
Social innovation is an emerging global phenomenon that brings
together enterprising and entrepreneurial thinking with creative
innovative skills to deliver solutions with a social impact. Done
well, it changes people's lives and communities for the better.
The Young Innovators Challenge 2014 invites Scotland's students
to submit ideas which address problems or opportunities related to
one of three areas that already exhibit opportunities for social
- Healthcare and wellbeing
- Green and sustainable energy resources
- Smarter communities and infrastructure
Twenty-five successful entrants could receive up to
£2500 to work on their innovations throughout
summer 2014 and take it from an idea to a potential solution!
Entries can be submitted online from January
23rd until March 26th 2014.
Individual and team entries will be accepted. Up to 150 entrants
will be invited to a special social innovation development weekend
event in April. Here they will develop their ideas into potential
social innovations with appropriate mentors. Final competition
judging takes place in May.
The best ideas will then be supported through a summer of
residential and workshop events. There will be opportunities to
meet and be challenged by leaders in social innovation, get great
opportunities to network with other innovators and potentially work
in social innovation focused ventures.
This is your chance to make a difference to your
communities, your environment and the future of
Are you up to the challenge?
The Young Innovators Challenge closed for entries on
March 26th. The competition received a large number of entries from
across Scotland and SIE would like to thank the YIC Champions in
Scotland's institutions and other supporters for encouraging
entries from Scotland's students.
Stage 1 winners attended the residential Innovation
Weekend on April 12-13th at the John McIntyre Conference Centre in
Edinburgh. They received their £100 prize and had the opportunity
to meet John Bird MBE, founder of The Big Issue, who gave help and
advice on their entries.
The finalists will now go on to produce a video pitch for the
judges. This must be completed by midnight on
April 25th. Judging will take place early in May!
Finalists can download guidance on creating their video here, and watch video tips from Borja Alcalde
(WavLab), which was originally presented at the Innovation
To be kept up to date with the Young Innovators Challenge, you
can still join the YIC2014 priority mailing list.
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