The first leg of the challenge, which is set to run every two years, was announced in October and saw 77 teams of students from 26 universities enter. Students were asked to develop smart mobility applications in teams of between two and five people. The teams received mentoring from the Atos Scientific Community.
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The result will coincide with the 2012 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.
UK entries that made the shortlist came from University College London and Warwick University.
The shortlisted teams are: Azerteam - INP ENSEEIHT in France; City Scout - RVCE, India; Dimappers - University of Warwick, UK; eDesign - University of Van Tilburg, Netherlands; EirbMove - ENSEIRB-MATMECA, France; Flame on -. from Universidad Politécnica de Cataluna, Spain; MIAGE of the Caribbean -Université Lille, France; MultiLens - Fontys Hogeschool Eindhoven, Netherlands; NoteVote - De Haagse Hogeschool, Netherlands; nUCLeus - University College London, UK; SNACKIUM - DHBW Mannheim, Germany; Skip the line from University of Van Tilburg, Netherlands; The Warwick App-rentices - University of Warwick, UK; and Palindrome - Fr. C. Rodrigues Institute of Technology, India.
Gilles Grapinet, senior executive vice president, global functions, at Atos, said the company is excited to see how these students have brought their knowledge and creativity into smart mobility applications that are both innovative and commercially viable. "We believe this competition is a fantastic learning experience for the students, the universities and ourselves, and firmly believe the IT Challenge will give students of today a chance to write the technology story of tomorrow.”
The first prize will be made up of a diploma, 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. The three finalists will be announced in April 2012, and the overall winner will be revealed in May 2012.