Young Innovators Challenge
YIC2014 winners announced - see list
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
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).
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