2012-11-15 09:21:54 -
Together with Renault, students from over 30 universities invited to create an
app that offers drivers and passengers wellbeing on the move
Paris, 15 November 2012: Atos, an international IT services company, today
launches the 2013 annual IT Challenge in partnership with Renault. This follows
the successful 2012 IT Challenge in which the Dutch team - MulitLens -beat 77
teams to take the winning prize for their app that enables sports or music fans
to choose what they want to see when watching a big match or concert.
The theme for the 2013 IT Challenge is the Connected Car. Students
universities in the Austria, China, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Spain,
UK, and the US and are invited to work in teams of two to five to create an
application that offers drivers and passengers wellbeing on the move.
The winning team will be given a trip to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
including flights, accommodation and a behind the scenes tour, as well as an E-
tablet. The two runner up teams will be awarded an Atos Diploma demonstrating
The judges will be looking for an app that offers something useful and unique to
those on the move while seeking to improve the wellbeing of drivers and
passengers. They will also pay close attention to the design which should ensure
it is easy to use while in the car.
Contestants will be asked to demonstrate their app and to show how it will work
in the car environment, for example, taking into account the speed of travel, as
well as present the business case to explain how it can be a commercial success.
"Having pioneered Carminat, Tom Tom Live and now R-Link systems, Renault is a
leader in smart and affordable mobility solutions centred on people," said Marc
Pajon, Renault Vice-President, Advanced Projects, life on board, safety and
dynamic performance. "We have a long-standing relationship with Atos and we are
delighted to be involved in this exciting IT Challenge which we believe will
help to achieve the best wellbeing of Renault drivers and passengers on the
"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
car. We encourage students at the participating universities to apply."
Teams are requested to register their interest by the mid of December 2012 and
then post their initial submission on to the dedicated IT Challenge website
before 21(st) December 2012. Up to a maximum of 15 successful teams will be
shortlisted. 14 will be selected by the Atos Scientific Community and experts
from Renault, a global network of around 90 of the best business technologists
within Atos. One team will be selected by the students themselves - the team
with the highest number of likes on Facebook.
The IT Challenge jury - made up of senior Atos & Renaults executives, Atos
industry leading partners, technology and talent advocates will select the
winners following presentations by each shortlisted team. The three winning
teams and their university representatives will be invited to the IT Challenge
award ceremony in June 2013.
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
Notes to Editors
Atos is an international information technology services company with annual
2011 pro forma revenue of EUR 8.5 billion and 74,000 employees in 48 countries.
Serving a global client base, it delivers hi-tech transactional services,
consulting and managed services. With its deep technology expertise and industry
knowledge, it works with clients across the following market sectors:
Manufacturing, Retail, Services; Public, Health & Transports; Financial
Services; Telecoms, Media & Technology; Energy & Utilities.
Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps
organizations to create their firm of the future. It is the Worldwide
Information Technology Partner for the Olympic and Paralympics Games and is
quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos
Consulting & Technology Services, Atos Worldline and Atos Worldgrid.
For more information, visit: atos.net
More information about the contest (rules, prizes, partner universities, the
Coaches & the Jury, smart mobility, Atos and Connected Cars :
The Jury will select 1 winner and 2 finalists:
1st Prize- Gold Medal:
2nd Prize - Silver Medal:
* E- tablet
3rd Prize- Bronze Medal:
Prizes for all participants:
All participants in the IT Challenge will also receive a set of gifts to thank
them for their participation in the contest and will be invited to apply for an
internship to work as part of the Atos. For information on the Atos internship
opportunities and how to apply, please visit the website.
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