Young Innovators Challenge

YIC2014 winners announced - see list of winners

 

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 innovation:

  • 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 Scotland!

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.

Innovation Weekend group

For the next stage of the competition, the stage 1 winners had two weeks to produce a video pitch for final assessment by the competition judges. The judges were; Susan Aktemel (Homes for Good), Tony Banks (Balhousie Care Group), and Josh Littlejohn (Scottish Business Awards & Social Bite).

The winners of the Young Innovators Challenge 2014 were officially announced on May 12th! Due to the high quality of the entries we were able to increase the number of final winners to 33. The winners will receive £1000 and go on to attend the exclusive competition Bootcamp at the 4 star Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa in Dundee. They will also be able to attend further half day workshops over the summer and receive additional financial support if they would like to continue with their idea.
The winners of the 2014 Young Innovators Challenge are:
Elspeth Cherry  - Aberdeen University
Michael Robertson - Abertay University, Dundee
Kenneth Stillie- Abertay University, Dundee
Christopher Leitch - Ayrshire College
Martin Gemmell - Ayrshire College
Ross Wallace- Ayrshire College
Conor Mackellar - Ayrshire College
Christopher McCann- Dundee University
Eilidh Price- Dundee University
Keerthana Jayagopal- Dundee University
Jenni Inglis - Dundee University
Moyra Gill - Dundee University
Fern Sinclair - Edinburgh University
Jamie Shirra - Glasgow Caledonian University
Helen Campbell - Glasgow School of Art
Michael Tougher - Glasgow School of Art
Jordan Smith - Glasgow School of Art
Garry Boyle - Heriot-Watt University
Jonathan Curry - Heriot-Watt University
Maria Silies - Heriot-Watt University
Colleen Smith - New College Lanarkshire
David Boor - Robert Gordon University
Keiren Cruickshank - Robert Gordon University
Ryan Stuart - Robert Gordon University
Catrin Sutherland  - Robert Gordon University
Abdulmohsin Marghalani - Strathclyde University
Rebecca Pick - Strathclyde University
Robert Lynch - Strathclyde University
Scott Kennedy - Strathclyde University
Rachael Reid - Strathclyde University
Christie Murphy - Strathclyde University
Rebecca Richardson - Strathclyde University
Fergus Moore - Strathclyde University

 

The winners of the Young Innovators Challenge 2014 were officially announced on May 12th! Due to the high quality of the entries we were able to increase the number of final winners to 33. The winners will receive £1000 and go on to attend the exclusive competition Bootcamp at the 4 star Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa in Dundee. They will also be able to attend further half day workshops over the summer and receive additional financial support if they would like to continue with their idea.

The winners of the 2014 Young Innovators Challenge are:

  • Elspeth Cherry  - Aberdeen University
  • Michael Robertson - Abertay University, Dundee
  • Kenneth Stillie- Abertay University, Dundee
  • Christopher Leitch - Ayrshire College
  • Martin Gemmell - Ayrshire College
  • Ross Wallace- Ayrshire College
  • Conor Mackellar - Ayrshire College
  • Christopher McCann- Dundee University
  • Eilidh Price- Dundee University
  • Keerthana Jayagopal- Dundee University
  • Jenni Inglis - Dundee University
  • Moyra Gill - Dundee University
  • Fern Sinclair - Edinburgh University
  • Jamie Shirra - Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Helen Campbell - Glasgow School of Art
  • Michael Tougher - Glasgow School of Art
  • Jordan Smith - Glasgow School of Art
  • Garry Boyle - Heriot-Watt University
  • Jonathan Curry - Heriot-Watt University
  • Maria Silies - Heriot-Watt University
  • Colleen Smith - New College Lanarkshire
  • David Boor - Robert Gordon University
  • Keiren Cruickshank - Robert Gordon University
  • Ryan Stuart - Robert Gordon University
  • Catrin Sutherland  - Robert Gordon University
  • Abdulmohsin Marghalani - Strathclyde University
  • Rebecca Pick - Strathclyde University
  • Robert Lynch - Strathclyde University
  • Scott Kennedy - Strathclyde University
  • Rachael Reid - Strathclyde University
  • Christie Murphy - Strathclyde University
  • Rebecca Richardson - Strathclyde University
  • Fergus Moore - Strathclyde University

 

(Download the full list of final winners and the shortlisted entrants from stage 1 of the competition).

 

 

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