The number of prizes awarded: Three.
UOC-RMF Prize for the best business project
UOC-RMF Prize for the best project with social impact
UOC-RMF Prize for the best research project with academic excellence
For: Degree students, engineering technicians, engineering graduates or master’s students studying Information Technology, Multimedia and Telecommunication Studies (EIMT) who have presented their final projects (TFs) at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) over the year 2015-2016.
Submission period: 13/07/2016 – 07/09/2016 (DEADLINE PASSED).
Decision period: 08/09/2016 – 09/11/2016 (DEADLINE PASSED).
Finalists will be announced: 09/11/2016.
Third UOC-RMF Prizes
The Ramon Molinas Foundation and the Open University of Catalonia are holding the third year of the UOC-RMF Prizes, with the objective of encouraging technological and scientific entrepreneurship. The prizes will recognise the best projects of degree students, engineering technicians, engineering graduates or master’s students studying programmes in Information Technology, Multimedia and Telecommunication Studies at the UOC. The prizes are open to all students who have completed, presented and passed their final project over the two terms of the academic year 2015-2016.
The third year of the UOC-RMF Prizes aims to inspire and encourage great ideas that help to improve society. Therefore, this year the prices will be split into the following three categories: ‘UOC-RMF Prize for the best business project’, ‘UOC-RMF Prize for the best project with social impact’ and ‘UOC-RMF Prize for best research project with academic excellence’. The students who decide to submit their projects to the UOC-RMF Prizes competition can enter their project into the category which they believe best suits their project material. However, during the decision period, the Ramon Molinas Foundation and the Open University of Catalonia reserve the right to recommend a change of category for the benefit of the student and their project.
The ‘UOC-RMF Prize for the best business project’ aims to strengthen and support the entrepreneurial initiative of students on the EIMT programme at UOC. On the other hand, the ‘UOC-RMF Prize for best research project with academic excellence’ will highlight the idea which most positively impacts on society and could contribute to the largest gains in social transformation and progress. Lastly, the ‘UOC-RMF Prize for best research project with academic excellence’ will recognise the best research and university project from an academic point of view, which has the highest potential for future impact of its university cohort.
Places and function of the prizes
The submission period for the projects will be from the 13th July to 7th September inclusive. A judging panel made up of academics and professionals linked to entrepreneurship and the IT sector will evaluate the projects presented and will choose, in the first round, 27 semi-finalists. Next, they will look at each project in more detail with the aim of choosing six finalists who will go through to the final round. From these six, two projects will correspond to each prize category.
The judging panel will bear in mind each project’s innovation, creativity, understanding of opportunities, awareness of social issues, the benefits it could bring, its scope for success, and the clarity and quality of the presentation. The Ramon Molinas Foundation and the Open University of Catalonia will publish the six projects which make it to the final on the 9th November.
The selected finalists will present their projects at an event next December in Barcelona. Once the cycle of presentations has finished, the panel will select the three winning projects, one per category) and will conduct the prize-giving ceremony.
Prize money and the opportunity for 27 finalists to make their projects a reality
The best projects of each category, chosen at the gala this December, will receive a cheque of 3,000 euros each. However, this year the Ramon Molinas Foundation and the Open University of Catalonia will help the 27 finalists to be able to carry out their projects.
Thanks to Hubbik, a collaborative community created by UOC to foster innovative projects and support the transfer of knowledge, the students with the top 25 projects will have the opportunity to participate in a series of entrepreneurial and innovation workshops organised by the platform. During the workshops, which are made up of three sessions of four hours each, participants will work on defining their business model, marketing strategy, commercialisation and financing. Once the training has finished, a judging panel made up of Hubbik staff will choose six students who, according to their capabilities and the potential social impact and success of their project, will continue working with the platform and have access to personalised training. A mentor will help them to resolve any problems or needs linked to their projects, and will advise them on legal issues, financing, structural organisation, human resources, marketing, sales and communication, among others.
After completing this stage, three of the students will take part in a programme to help their projects grow, in which they’ll receive 30 hours of support to help their projects become a reality. Finally, one of them will have the opportunity to participate in SpinUOC 2018 and another will attend the 4Y4N of the Mobile World Congress 2018.
Members of the jury panel for the third edition of the UOC-RMF Prizes:
Ferran Adelantado, Director of the UOC Information and Network Technologies doctorate program.
Juan Álvarez De Lara, Founder and CEO of Seed&Click, Vice President of AEBAN and HUBBIK collaborator.
Mercè Feu, Director of Operations of Richi Social Entrepreneurs.
María Jesús Marco, Doctor of Education and IT. Professor of EIMT at UOC.
Montse Ramírez, Director of the Institutional Banking Group Caja de Ingenieros.
Santi Ruana, CTO of IPM (Internacional Periféricos y Memorias S.L.U.) and Ramon Molinas Foundation collaborator.
Javier Zamora, Associate Professor of the IT Systems Department at IESE Business School.
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