About EFC MAD Digital Challenge

About The Student Ideas Competition  


At Epping Forest College we are committed to driving digital literacy, learning and teaching forward and developing a highly skilled, innovative, entrepreneurial  and motivated staff and student cohort and believe in building lifelong skills such as problem solving, creativity, communication and teamwork. 

The EFC MAD Digital Challenge invites you to submit ideas for using technology that will improve your learning experience. 



The EFC MAD Digital Challenge is open to all Epping Forest College students as long as they use their @efc.ac.uk email address to enter, you can enter the challenge on your own or as a team for your chance to win. You can enter as many ideas as you want. 


The Process 

See How to create an idea.How to create an idea

Once an idea has been submitted to the site, fellow students, staff and EFC stakeholders will be able to vote if they like it. People can only vote once per idea, but for as many separate ideas as they like. 

Submissions will require at least 25 votes to be shortlisted.  And it’s a good opportunity for you to show off your commitment to the project as well as your communication and promotional skills. 


Once voting closes on 16th January, we will evaluate every idea that reaches the voting threshold and invite the top 5 teams to our “Dragons Den” event, where we will select the idea that will receive funding. The Dragon 'Den Event will take place on 25 January from 3.30pm. 


Stage one: Selected project teams will be invited to pitch their idea at the Dragons Den event and a time will be booked in to give you some training on how to present your idea. 


Stage two: The successful idea will get a budget of up to £2000 and have 6 months to develop their project. The winning team/individual will get support from the college, experts and training if needed. 


Competition dates 

Competition opens for submissions and voting: 16th November 2016; 

Submissions close : 21st December 2016 at 23:30; 

Voting closes: 16th January 2017 at 23:30; 

Successful project teams notified: during the week commencing  16th January 2017; 

Dragons Den event 25th January 2017; 

The winning idea will then have 6 months to be developed. 


How many votes do I need? 

Ideas that reach a minimum of 25 votes will qualify to be considered for stage one funding. We may consider projects below the voting threshold where an insufficient number of ideas achieve 25 votes. We will check voting patterns for vote spamming and any irregular voting. 


How many ideas will be supported? 

5 ideas will go through the first stage and to our Dragons Den event and from that up to 2 ideas will be supported, although we may decide to do fewer depending on suitability. 


Copyright of the submitted ideas will be jointly owned by Epping Forest College and the Team/Individual creator and agreement and credits to both parties will be required for any future use.