The theme for the 2014 IT Challenge was ‘Connected Cars’ and attracted 55 entries from teams of up to five students, from a range of universities worldwide. Teams were encouraged to develop innovative context aware applications designed specifically for connected cars, that can be used anywhere, anytime and on any device to add value to a business or an individual. The topic is a new, and not widely known yet, therefore forcing students to be very creative. The proposed ideas were in line with the current status of research (universities, car-manufacturer’s R&D, Atos R&D) addressing safety and driver’s convenience. Most of the teams chose to address the driver’s mobile phone, instead of relying on integrated hardware of the car, and managed to propose fully working services.
Chosen by the IT Challenge judging panel, “Evergreen” from University of Hagenberg Austria beat two other finalists and won the gold medal; “Drivebuddy”, from the same university, won the Silver Medal and “Rides”, from INP ENSEEIHT of France, the Bronze one. The shortlisted teams were paired with an Atos Challenge coach from Atos’ Scientific Community – a network of employees recognised for their outstanding scientific minds.
Evergreen reduces a car gas emission and the time the driver has to wait in front of red traffic lights, by suggesting the best speed for phased traffic lights, based on the current navigation route. The reduced emissions allow cooperation with city and state governments. Gathered data help governments to improve road planning and reduce road building costs.
The winning team will be given the unique chance to see his project embedded into Renault R-Link development process. Besides this, 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 and an E-tablet.
Stay tuned for more information on the 2014 edition of the IT Challenge on the challenge website to be launched in September 2013.
Legend: IT challenge 2013 winners at the awards
ceremony that was held in Paris on 11th June 2013
Envisioning automotive futures
Connected Cars for Smart Mobility
Awards Ceremony Webcast
Student teams were asked to: “create an app that provides “well-being on the move” by enhancing the whole driving experience and offer drivers and passengers a host of new features”. Three teams made the final and one of them has been given the unique chance to see his project embedded into Renault R-Link development process.
Atos announces winner for the 2013 Global IT Challenge for Connected Cars applications