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Student Innovation Challenge

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Student Innovation Challenge

Access student creativity and talent by participating in a Student Innovation Challenge where large groups of students take on practical problems and tasks over a weekend competition to generate solutions for your business.
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About Student Innovation Challenges

Whether you are looking for fresh ideas for your business, or want to explore a problem you are facing, a Student Innovation Challenge is a chance to utilise dozens of new perspectives to enhance your business.

Students can impact the world by creating solutions to real world problems or opportunities while learning and living the principles of ideation, value proposition and design thinking. Students also learn about team building, time management and collaboration while dealing with pressure.

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About 100 Days of Play

Have you got an innovative idea for an interactive display? Remember when Bon Accord Centre installed a slide in the shopping centre? Could you come up with a new playful and interactive display? RGU and Bon Accord have partnered together to launch a Student Innovation Challenge to encourage ideas which can:

  • Attract people to visit the centre
  • Be interactive and encourage people to play
  • Encourage visitors to post about installations on social media
  • Demonstrate innovation and creativity

By submitting an idea, you will have the opportunity to explore that idea through set workshops. Your idea must be realistic as you have the opportunity to be given £2,000 each to develop their idea and turn them into a real installation in Bon Accord for 100 days in Summer 2020. The individuals or teams with the best installations by the end of the summer will be rewarded with a prize package worth £2,000.

Stages of 100 Days of Play

Key stages in the competition:


Deadline: Sunday 8 March 2020

Form a team and develop an initial idea for an installation. You may submit multiple ideas and the team must be able to make the idea a reality if selected. 

Idea Workshop

Thursday 12 March 2020

A selection of ideas will be invited to a practical workshop from 9:00 - 17:00 to explore their ideas and test their desirability, feasibility and viability.

Video Pitch

Deadline: Sunday 29 March

After the workshop, all teams should produce a video pitch explaining their idea, how it would engage customers and how it would work. 

Operational Workshop

Tuesday 21 April

A panel of judges will review the pitches and three ideas will be invited to a finalist workshop to plan further and will get £2,000 each to create their installation 

100 Days of Play

Monday 1 June

The final three ideas will have to create and install their idea in the Bon Accord Centre which will be on display for 100 Days until Freshers Week in September. 

About Your Idea

When considering an idea to submit it is important that you think of something creative, visual and engaging for the public. Ideas must also be realistic and be able to be designed, installed and removed for a budget of £2,000. Teams must able to turn their idea into a reality and have the skills and connections to arrange its’ installation. 

Submit Your Idea

Deadline: Sunday 8 March 2020

Download the Information Pack

Download the information pack to find out more about the programme.

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