Atos sets IT students Olympic challenge


Atos sets IT students Olympic challenge

Karl Flinders

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Atos has challenged IT students at 26 universities in Europe and India to develop smart mobile applications through a competition that will see the wining team gain experience during the London Olympics next year.

The first instalment of the competition is being launched to coincide with the 2012 Olympic Games in London. It will then run every two years, to tie in with the winter and summer Olympics. Atos is the IT services partner for the Olympic Games. Since 2002, Atos has been the Olympics' main technology partner, responsible for coordinating the many suppliers.

In the UK, Imperial College London, Warwick University and Nottingham University will represent the UK with universities in France, Germany, Spain, Holland and India also involved.

Students have been asked to develop smart mobility applications in teams of between two and five people. The teams will receive mentoring from the Atos Scientific Community.

The theme is smart mobility this time, but will change every two years.

The first prize will be made up of a diploma, Olympic experience at the 2012 London Olympic Games, and a tablet computer device. Second and third prizes will be the same, but without the Olympic experience.

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