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IT Innovation Challenges sets out to support innovation at Oxford. The scheme issues calls for innovative ideas that can be developed into digital projects that bring benefit to the University or enhance the staff or student experience at Oxford through digital means.

IT Innovation Challenge - Student 2018

The idea submission and discussion phases for this student call are now closed. Successful ideas for this call will receive funding of up to £15,000. The theme for this year is the Intelligent Campus.

Artificial intelligence, the internet of things, and virtual/augmented reality are technologies that have arrived and have the potential to tackle some of Higher Education’s big challenges. This year’s IT Innovation challenge invites you to come with ideas for projects that improve the staff/student experience at Oxford through exploring these emerging technologies – the use of smart campus technology, AI to speed up administrative processes, AR to enhance our public spaces, VR to create immersive learning experiences.

As always, other ideas for projects that bring benefit to the University, its staff and/or students through digital means were welcomed.

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More information about the scheme and how to apply can be found at the Innovation Challenges blog. If you have any other questions please contact

IT Innovation Challenge - Staff 2018

This call is open to University staff* who have ideas for digital projects. Successful ideas will receive funding of up to £50,000.

As for the student round, the theme is the Intelligent Campus, but, as always, we also welcome other ideas for projects that bring benefit to the University, its staff and/or students through digital means.

Ideas can be submitted between 26 February-25 March 2018 at the Oxford Ideas site (deadline extended). Any University member can see, comment on and vote for submitted ideas. Key dates and activities:

For questions about the scheme, the process of applying or anything else, please explore the FAQ or contact

* Please note: IT Innovation Challenges are open to any member of staff within the University. Due to financial constraints we cannot fund college-only applications but we would encourage college staff to submit their ideas and to seek collaboration with University departments.

The IT Innovation Challenges is funded by the University’s IT Capital Plan and administered by IT Services.