Ideas are important. How to turn ideas into impact is a different, often difficult accomplishment. This is the work of innovation. Oxford Colleges are communities of people rich with both ideas and expertise in a range of academic fields and personal interests. These ideas occur in many forms. This competition is a challenge to all communities to assemble and mobilize your ideas in ways that will have impact – in ventures, initiatives, and collaborations.
Why social impact?
Social impact is a broad term that directs attention to improving on current conditions and solutions for the common good. For this competition, all submissions should consider social impact. How will your idea benefit the world?
What are the rules?
Ideas must involve at least one person from participating Oxford Colleges (currently Hertford, Jesus, New, Pembroke, Wolfson).
The idea needs to be feasible.
The idea needs to be sustainable (it should be self-funding once it has got off the ground).
You can submit more than one idea.
It doesn't matter if you have pitched your idea somewhere previously.
Basically we emphasize as light a touch as possible.
What is a submission?
A basic submission is identifying information about you or the team, and a 200 word description that very succinctly addresses: 1) what is your idea, 2) why is it important, and 3) how will it happen?
You are also welcome to submit a short (2 minute) video or other graphical representation in support of the basic description.
Does the prize money go towards funding the idea?
There are no strings attached to the prize money. Obviously, it would be nice if it was used in some way to take the idea forward e.g. a trip overseas to meet experts, building a website etc. Mentors can give advice on how the prize money can best be used to take the idea forward.
Where are the judges coming from?
Most of the judges and mentors are associated from participating Oxford Colleges (currently Hertford, Jesus, New, Pembroke, Wolfson), either directly or indirectly. For Wolfson College see the Judges and Mentors page.
If your idea is based on research you have done as part of your Oxford degree, or on the work of others that may be patentable, please read the following:
Who owns inventions?
In a company any intellectual property you generate would be owned by that company. Similarly, at the University of Oxford, any intellectual property generated by its employees and students from University research is owned by the University. Oxford University Innovation, assists those researchers who wish to commercialise their research and provides resources to support commercialisation. Oxford University Innovation shares proceeds from subsequent commercialisation with the inventors of the intellectual property. So basically, if the idea is based on your university research and/or requires university facilities, then the intellectual property belongs to the University. Otherwise the intellectual property remains with you.
For more information see: http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/statutes/790-121.shtml
If an idea has been disclosed publically (which means, in the case of an idea by a University of Oxford researcher, any discussion with anyone who is not a member of the University of Oxford) it may not be possible to seek subsequent patent protection for this idea. Therefore, for the purposes of the Tri-Innovate competition, entrants should consider seeking advice from Oxford University Innovation before submitting their idea (if it’s an invention) or consider describing their idea without disclosing the key aspects of their invention. If you are not sure if your idea is an invention, check with Oxford University Innovation.http://www.innovation.ox.ac.uk.html