Let’s get this show on the road!

Summer Holiday by Hai Thinh CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Summer Holiday by Hai Thinh CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

We’re finally here! The first Summer of Student Innovation event for our 2014 winners–38 ideas boiled down to 20 thanks to 8,400 votes from across 160 institutions. The image is a bit cliché (sorry) but for me it represents a number of things:

  • Ambition–the willingness to take a leap into the unknown and try something new
  • Companionship–there is a wide range of support available to help you on your journey
  • Excitement–we want you to have fun along the way

That last point is very important–have fun along the way! Some of you will succeed in realising your vision, others will struggle. Both results are equally as important to us. On the one hand we might solve a major issue for the sector, on the other we’ll have learned a whole load of lessons that can feed into future work.

What to expect

The event is spread across three days:

  • Day 1 is all about getting to know each other. As well as the wider support team we’ll also have a range of sector experts in attendance whom can provide you with valuable insights.
  • Day 2 is all about making a start, identifying support needs and getting some help from both your mentors and our range of experts.
  • Day 3 is an opportunity for you to learn from last year’s Summer of Student Innovation projects.

The full agenda is available here: http://bit.ly/sosi-bristol-agenda-2014.

Keeping up to speed

In the first instance you might want to bookmark this blog! Also, if you haven’t already done so, get your team signed up to our mailing list: http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/jisc-sosi2014.

A list of all the student elevator pitches, websites, and blogs are available on the “background” page of this blog. If there’s anything missing please let us know and we’ll get it updated! We’ve also created a netvibes site that quickly highlights the most recent updates from our student blogs: http://bit.ly/sosi-netvibes.

Finally, but not least, we’re using the hashtag #studentideas. At the moment we’re using this for any tweets relating to the Summer of Student Innovation. It could be applied across a range of services though, for example I’ll probably use it on instagram. Just let us know how you’re using it and we can join in the conversation.

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