In 2014, the competition was supported by the IOC, the IPC and the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and the judging panel includes representatives from all three of these organisations as well as the Atos Scientific Community – a global network of around 100 of the best business technologists within Atos.
The theme for the 2014 IT Challenge was ‘to improve the user’s experience at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games’. In teams of up to five students, from a range of universities worldwide, students were encouraged to develop innovative applications designed specifically for the Olympic Games, that can be used anywhere, anytime and on any device to add value to a business or an individual.
Chosen by the IT Challenge judging panel, Eirb Dev from ENSEIRB-MATMECA, an engineering school in France beat the other finalists and won the Gold medal. The two runners up were from Columbia University in the USA and Loughborough University in the UK. The shortlisted teams were paired with an Atos Challenge coach from the Atos’ Scientific Community.
MOP! - My Olympic Plan - developed by team Eirb Dev from ENSEIRB-MATMECA was the winning app. It helps you plan your day of sport and sightseeing based on your preferences. You can view your schedule as a timeline or a map and it can guide you to your destination. The judges were impressed with the entire project, which was supported by excellent video and written materials. They concluded that the app offers a positive user experience with a good look and feel and that the code has been very well implemented and documented both on the app and server side.
The team was presented with the gold medal prize. Each member of team Eirb Dev received a trip of a lifetime to Barcelona. The prize includes return flights, accommodation, as well as a visit to the Atos Olympic IT excellence center where they will meet experts from Atos, the IOC and the Rio 2016 Organising Committee to discuss how the app can be further developed.
Stay tuned for more information on the 2015 edition of the IT Challenge on the challenge website to be launched in September 2014.