Well, Exeter is doing a similar thing. Its Research and Knowledge Transfer team and Students' Guild are launching a new competition for both students and staff to submit their ideas for smartphone and tablet apps.
The winning app ideas will receive funding for development by professional software developers and will be supported to launch, says the university.
The competition has three categories.
- Research enabling
- Societal benefit
"Many of us will have said to our friends at some point 'that would make a good app’. We’re delighted to be able to give staff and students the chance to turn that dream into a reality," said Sara Hayes from the RKT team.
"We think this is a great way of supporting the development and wider use of specialist apps to encourage entrepreneurship, enhance research and facilitate new routes to impact and public engagement for everyone at the University."