London: Atos has launched its inaugural IT Challenge, looking for the IT talents of the future from 25 universities in France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Spain, and the UK.
The firm hopes the competition will encourage innovation in "Smart Mobility" applications, and it will provide mentors to small university teams from its Atos Scientific Community — a global network of around 90 of the best business technologists within Atos. The winning team will be announced in May 2012.
The contest will take place every two years to coincide with the Winter and Summer Olympic Games — building on Atos's role as lead IT services group to the London games. Winners of the first IT Challenge will win trips to the 2012 games, comprising behind-the-scenes tours of the Olympic Technology Operations Centre and tickets to events.
Gilles Grapinet, Senior Executive Vice President, Global Functions at Atos, said: "As business technologists, we have launched the IT Challenge to give the digitally native generation of today the chance to write the IT story of tomorrow. We believe this competition will be a fantastic learning experience for the students, the universities and ourselves. We are excited to see how the students will bring their knowledge and experience into Smart Mobility applications that are both innovative and commercially viable."
Teams will make their initial submissions by December 2011 and 15 shortlisted teams will be announced on December 15th; the three finalists in April 2012 and the overall winner at an awards ceremony in May 2012.
The preliminary list of participating universities includes:
SUPELEC (Gif sur Yvette/Paris) ; ESIEE (Marnes la Vallée/Paris) ; INSA Rennes, ENSEEIHT (Toulouse) ; INSA Lyon ; UST Lille ; ENSEIRB-MATMECA (Bordeaux) ; ENSIMAG (Grenoble) and UPMC (Paris).
College of Engineering Pune; NIT Rourkela; NIT Surat; and Pune Institute of Computer Technology (PICT).
Universiteit Twente; Universiteit van Tilburg; Fontys Hogeschool Eindhoven; Hanze Hogeschool Groningen and Haagse Hogeschool.
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid; Universidad Carlos III; Universidad de Sevilla; Universidad Politécnica de Barcelona and Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.
Imperial College London, Warwick University and Nottingham University.
The IT Challenge forms part of the Atos Wellbeing@work initiative and supports its objective to encourage and develop talent. Each year Atos recruits around 7000 engineers globally.