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Take part in the Grand Innovation Challenge 2019

Register by 15 February to compete.

Are you up for a challenge?

Develop key innovation skills by solving global societal challenges in transdisciplinary teams

What is this challenge about?

The excitement of resolving customer opportunities comes from learning and sharing knowledge and experiences. This challenge seeks to share how you discover customer opportunities using an innovation framework and realise that, in today’s world, it is critical to have a broad transdisciplinary team. You will not only learn about innovation principles but also how to build strong effective exciting teams.

What's in it for you?

You'll enhance your employability skills by working in a real-world project applying an innovation framework in a transdisciplinary setting, developing high potential personal skills, team work, time management and presentation skills.

The winning team takes home £1000!

You'll also:

  • learn about and use the principles of innovation
  • understand and use the skills for Human Centred Design
  • engage empathetically with a customer problem
  • use a framework to develop customer opportunities to solutions
  • learn how to identify and leverage personal/team capabilities
  • how to make an outstanding presentation
  • gain an example for your CV

The programme

Find out whether you are eligible to compete and what you will need to attend.

This Challenge consists of a transdisciplinary student group competition running in Semester 2 2019. This activity replicates industrial processes and ways of working. Students will be supported by appropriate workshops to learn all about innovation and skills development by an industry expert!

All you need to do is come to the Launch Event, attend workshops every Wednesday, attend a day trip at Ford in Dunton and finally present your pitch at a Grand Finale in front of senior management from academia and industry.

Eligibility to participate

Innovation today requires multiple points of view. Every discipline (IT, Management, Sciences, Psychology, Social Sciences, etc) has equal weight in resolving customer opportunities into high value solutions.

All disciplines are welcome to apply – undergraduates, masters and PhDs. Limited space of 30 students.


Date Activity Time Location
Tuesday 19 February Launch event and team selection 6.15pm - 7.30pm Chancellors' Building 3.1
Wednesday 20 February Week 1: User research and Briefing 1.30pm - 3.45pm 4 East 3.44
Wednesday 27 February Visit to Ford All day Dunton
Wednesday 6 March Week 2: Insights framework 1.30pm - 3.45pm 4 East 3.44
Wednesday 13 March Open Session (4hrs) 1.30pm - 5.45pm 4 East 3.44
Wednesday 20 March Week 3: Prototype and solution 1.30pm - 3.45pm 4 East 3.44
Wednesday 27 March Open Session (4hrs) 1.30pm - 5.45pm 4 East 3.44
Wednesday 3 April Presentation Preparation 1.30pm - 3.45pm 4 East 3.44
Wednesday 10 April Grand finale 1.30pm - 4.15pm To be confirmed

The team

The Grand Innovation Challenge is organised by an interdisciplinary team of academics, industry experts and PhD students.

Take part in the Grand Innovation Challenge 2019

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