The second Atos IT Challenge starts its search for the IT stars of the future

Together with Renault, students from over 30 universities invited to create an app that offers drivers and passengers wellbeing on the move

Atos, an international IT services company, 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 from universities in Austria, China, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Spain, UK, and the US 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 outstanding achievement.

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 move.”