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We know how important global and societal issues are to our students. At Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace, we are committed to empowering Trinity students to make a real impact on society and the world. This year, for the first time, we are running the Provost’s Innovation Challenge @ Tangent, a social innovation programme that provides supports, creative outlets, mentorship, and the chance to have a real impact on a global problem. 
It’s a challenge to our students to engage with pressing issues facing the world and to explore turning their ideas into impactful, real-world ventures. It’s also a competition — and an opportunity to win €10K funding to develop your idea over the summer. 

Get Involved

Step 1: Vote now to nominate this year's Provost’s Innovation Challenge. 

Step 2: Register your interest in working on the Challenge this term.

Step 3: Once the Challenge is picked we’ll be hosting a hackathon for students to work on their ideas – 5 – 7 April

Step 4: Pitch event after the hack will pick two winning ideas that will receive €10K of funding to progress their idea, and a space on LaunchBox this summer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Provost’s Innovation Challenge @ Tangent entail?

You’ll think creatively and critically about a global problem. You’ll brainstorm ideas, along with other passionate individuals, that could positively impact on the problem. The Provost’s Innovation Challenge will culminate in a hackathon from 5 - 7 April with a pitch event w/c 8 April to pick the two winning teams

Who is eligible to get involved?

The whole College community can vote on the problem – staff, students, alumni, everyone -, but we are asking teams of Trinity students (UG and PG) to work on the solutions.

How do I sign up?

You just fill out the Provost’s Innovation Challenge @ Tangent form here and we’ll take it from there!

I don’t have any ideas for solutions – is that a problem?

You have more ideas than you’d think, but don’t worry – you don’t need to know what your solution will be right now. We’ll work with you on that as the Challenge progresses.

I am part of a team already – can we work together?

The best way to ensure you can work together throughout the Provost’s Innovation Challenge is to attend the events, but you should also be open to working with other people during the Challenge – often the most successful teams have a mixture of disciplines and ways of thinking represented.

What’s the problem we’ll be working to solve?

We are calling on the College community to select this year’s problem by voting here. Voting will close w/c 25 February and will then be announced by the Provost. Be sure to vote yourself!

Am I expected to solve the whole problem?

The example we always use is this: Say the problem everyone votes for is Healthcare Inefficiencies. Solutions posed could range from a better appointment booking system for hospital appointments, to an app that allows doctors to check on their patients without requiring a visit or an appointment. So the problem is big, but the solution(s) can be small (but mighty).

What's the prize?

After the hackathon, two teams will be picked by a panel of judges at a pitch event w/c April 8. (Pitch practice sessions and advice will be offered!) These two teams will receive €10K in funding to help them to develop their ideas further over the summer. They will also be given co-working space on campus for the summer, and access to the LaunchBox programme.

I’m a Trinity alum and/or member of staff and I want to get involved.

Great! You can vote to help us choose this year’s problem here, and you can help mentor and guide a team by getting in touch with Alison to volunteer.

I still have questions?

Get in touch with by emailing Alison here...