About the competition
The aim of the FoNS-Make-a-Difference! competition is to provide undergraduate students with a forum to develop low-cost technology that would have an impact in Society.
The competition is open to all undergraduate students from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and to team members from other Faculties.
The main feature of the competition is the opportunity for finalist teams to undertake an 8 week funded lab placement over the summer, where they will have the chance to develop their idea to proof of concept stage.
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How does it work?
The competition is divided into three stages:
STAGE 1: Workshops & Outline Proposal
Ideas and Team-building workshops will bring together undergraduate students from across Departments to form teams and develop an idea.
Teams identify an issue facing society and come up with an idea for a low-cost technology which could help to solve the problem.
Teams write an outline proposal for their idea and submit it to an expert panel.
Successful outline proposals are then shortlisted for Stage 2.
STAGE 2: Full Proposal
Teams work together to develop their idea into a full proposal taking into account budget and time limitations.
Workshops and mentors will assist the teams to write their proposal.
The full proposal is presented to the judging panel.
The top 3 teams are then selected for Stage 3.
STAGE 3: Proof of Concept
Teams have access to appropriate space, a budget and bursaries to develop their project up to the proof-of-concept stage over 8 weeks during the summer.
Teams then submit a detailed summary of their findings and give a presentation of their project at the Final Judging Event to a VIP panel and an invited audience.
At the final, the winning team receive a prize worth £1000. Runners-up prizes are also available.