Dutch university wins Atos Olympic IT challenge

A team of students at the Fontys Hogeschool in Eindhoven has won a challenge set by Atos to create smart mobile applications

A team of students at the Fontys Hogeschool in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, has won a challenge set by Atos to create smart mobile applications.

The team beat off competition from a team at Warwick University in the UK and one from a university in Mannheim, Germany.

Students at Fontys Hogeschool created an app that enables visitors at events to view proceedings from different angles.

In October, Atos challenged IT students at 26 universities in Europe and India to develop smart mobile applications through a competition that awards the winning team experience during the London Olympics. The teams were asked to develop smart mobility applications in teams of two to five people. They received mentoring from the Atos Scientific Community.

The 15 shortlisted entries

An initial 77 teams from 26 universities entered the competition. This was cut to a shortlist of 15 in December 2011 (see panel), before the top three were chosen today (6 June).

The first competition was launched to coincide with the 2012 Olympic Games in London. It will 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.

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.

Imperial College London, Warwick University and Nottingham University represented the UK.

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