Sustainability Action Blog


The Social Innovation Challenge

By Julia Kendal |

Guest blog by Josie Francis, Programme Manager for the Social Impact Lab

Do you have an idea for a project to improve liveability and sustainability at the University of Southampton?

Would you like to represent the University of Southampton at the Social Innovation Summit in Toronto, Canada?

smoothie bikeOn Wednesday 4th November, the Social Impact Lab, in partnership with Waitrose, is hosting the Social Innovation Challenge – a one day competition to find the best social and environmental ideas for improving student life at the University of Southampton.

As well as workshops on design thinking, prototyping and social business model canvassing, students will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to an expert panel for a chance to win seed-funding and a place at the Social Innovation Summit in Toronto, Canada, from 26th – 30th January 2016.

The challenge is open to students from any subject area and year of study.  Students can register as individuals or in teams of up to four people.

If you would like to participate in the Social Innovation Challenge, please send your name, course and year of study, and a brief description of your proposed social or environmental project to  Projects can involve any aspect of student life – from healthier food on campus or student landlords, to greener transport and recycling schemes.  Don’t worry if you only have a rough idea at this stage – it’s all you need to be considered for a place on the challenge!

More details about the Challenge are available on our website.

Registration is open from 1st October until 20th October 2015