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University IT Innovation Challenge Staff 2018 now open

News publication date: 
Monday, 26 February 2018
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The IT Innovation Challenges 2018 staff round is now open for submission of ideas. This call is open to all Oxford University staff* who have ideas for digital projects. Successful ideas will receive funding of up to £50,000.

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 our public spaces, VR to create immersive learning experiences.

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. Any University member can see, comment on and vote for submitted ideas.

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.