Paris: French IT services consultancy Atos this week launched its annual IT Challenge, and for 2014 it is inviting students from universities in 10 countries to create an app to enhance the Rio 2016 Olympic Games experience.
Last year's Atos 2013 IT Challenge saw the Austrian team Evergreen beat 55 others to take the prize for their app which reduces a car's gas emission and the time the driver has to wait in front of red traffic lights, by optimising traffic light phasing.
The Atos 2014 IT Challenge is to create an app for an "Enhanced Games Experience for Athletes, Volunteers, Spectators and/or Visitors to the Host City of Rio de Janeiro". Students from universities in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, US, Austria and India are invited to work in teams of two to five students, to develop new, innovative and useful applications.
The winning team will be given a trip to Barcelona, visit the Atos Olympic Games IT excellence Center, and meet experts (from the IOC, the IPC, the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and Atos) to investigate if and how Atos can support development of their app. The two runner up teams will be awarded an Atos Diploma demonstrating outstanding achievement and the chance to apply for internships at Atos.
"Gilles Grapinet, Senior Executive Vice President at Atos said, "The IT Challenge gives students of today the chance to write the IT story of tomorrow. This competition is a fantastic learning experience for the students, the universities and ourselves. We are looking forward to seeing how the students turn their university knowledge into exciting, commercial applications for the Games. We encourage students at the participating universities to apply."
Teams are asked to register their interest and post their initial submission on to the dedicated IT Challenge website before 17th January 2014. Up to a maximum of 15 successful teams will be short-listed. 14 will be selected by the Atos Scientific Community and experts from IOC / IPC and Rio 2016. The Scientific Community is a global network of around 100 of the best business technologists within Atos. One team will be selected by the public — the team with the highest number of likes on Facebook.
The Atos 2014 IT Challenge jury is made up of senior executives from Atos, the IOC, the IPC and the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, and industry leading partners of Atos. The jury will select the winners following presentations by each short-listed team. The three winning teams and their university representatives will be invited to the IT Challenge award ceremony in June 2014.
The IT Challenge forms part of the Atos Wellbeing@work initiative and supports its objective to encourage and develop talent. Students from participating Universities can register interest at: atositchallenge.net
More information about the contest (rules, prizes, partner universities, the Coaches, and the Jury) is available here.