Last week, the University of Warwick was announced among three UK universities, together with 24 other universities worldwide, to partner with the first Atos IT Challenge. The two other chosen UK universities are Imperial College London and the University of Nottingham.
Atos IT Challenge is a competition set to be held every two years, aiming at fostering and encouraging innovative ideas for technological development while engaging leading universities internationally. Entry is open to all partnered universities’ students.
The competition will coincide with the Olympic Winter and Summer Games as Atos plays the role of official IT integrator for the Olympic Games from 2002 to 2016.
The theme for the 2012 contest is Smart Mobility. Smart Mobility conceptualises the ability to understand and react to the user’s location, presence, community, device type and bandwidth, and combined with their personal and business preferences, then processes the appropriate bundle of solutions.
For example, a student in London was able to develop an application on his smart phone to locate friends and check on free desks around them to decide on his favourite spot in the library.
The winning team will be awarded with an exclusive experience at the 2012 London Olympic Games, including visits to the Technology Operating Centre. 15 finalist teams will be selected for their ideas and then supported by Atos specialists to transform them into practical results. Registration is to be close on the 30 November.
Gilles Grapinet, Senior Executive Vice President of Global Functions at Atos, believes that the competition will be a “fantastic learning experience” for both the students and the universities.
He said that this is a chance for today’s generation to “write the IT story of tomorrow” and successful applicants are those who can provide ideas that are both innovative and commercially viable.
This challenge is also a chance for undergraduate and master students to get involved into many of Atos’ internship and graduate programmes.
Atos is an international information technology corporation, operating in 42 countries on IT services such as consulting, systems integration and managed operations.