Mexico Students Win 2nd Place in International Competition Atos IT Challenge 2020

Atos North America congratulates a team of students from Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores in Monterrey, Mexico, for being the 2nd place winners in Atos’ IT Challenge with its “Digital Water” solution to predict and improve water consumption and resource management. The team was presented with their awards at Atos Technology Days 2020.

”AI technology is revolutionizing all sectors of the economy and society, and today the brilliant students in the Atos IT Challenge demonstrated real entrepreneurial skills by offering innovative and concrete solutions that meet the new needs of cooperative AI expressed by businesses and individuals,” said Sophie Proust, Group Chief Technical Officer, Atos. “I am impressed by the outstanding creativity and the quality of the contributions of the award-winning finalists. Congratulations to our winners and to all of our contestants!”

Since its creation in 2012, the Atos IT Challenge has empowered students from around the world to develop applications connected to major trends in the digital revolution, such as smart mobility, connected cars, interactive media, connected life, the “right to be forgotten”, blockchain and artificial intelligence. Students are mentored by members of Atos Scientific Community who provide technical and practical support, advice and encouragement.

This year’s theme of the competition was ‘Cooperative Artificial Intelligence.’ Increasingly, the technology industry will see disparate AI solutions cooperating with each other to share information and make joint decisions. Teams were asked to devise an innovative use case and build a prototype which demonstrates Cooperative Artificial Intelligence.

Rising above international competitors from 27 different countries, students Alejandra Garza, Arturo Arellano and Ricardo Pérez developed an innovative solution called “Digital Water” aiming to deliver water consumption solutions to households and the water supply company. It is a web application that predicts water consumption and the water level across 3 dams. The aim of the project is to provide details so that users can track consumption levels, waste and issues to improve water resource management. The team has five years’ worth of data. They have trained their modes for four years and have tested it for one year.

The second-place team won €5,000 and each student was offered the opportunity to do either an internship at Atos or to work together with the company to develop their project.

Moving forward, business in the future will need to tackle problems differently to implement sustainable economic models. Atos IT Challenge 2021 announced it will call on teams to develop innovative concepts around the theme of “How digital can help decarbonize non-digital.”

Alejandra Garza

Arturo Arellano

Ricardo Pérez