“Atos announces shortlist for its 2015 IT Challenge”

Paris, 4 February 2015

15 teams from 6 countries shortlisted for their concepts on Connected Living

Atos, an international leader in digital services, today named the 15 successful teams that have made the shortlist for its 2015 IT Challenge looking for the best Connected Living concepts. Connected Living is the world where our homes, work, and city are all seamlessly connected through multiple smart devices that integrate video, voice, and data services, to provide access and ubiquitous connectivity anytime and anywhere.


This year more than 300 students from 34 universities in 10 countries have participated in the IT Challenge, from which 15 teams have been shortlisted by the judging panel. The panel includes members of the Atos Scientific Community - a global network of around 100 of the best business technologists within Atos; experts from EEBus and representatives from the European Commission. As in our previous IT Challenges, one team – Porto Alegre from Brazil – was selected by the public for receiving the highest number of likes on Facebook – over 6000.


Gilles Grapinet, Senior Executive Vice President at Atos and Worldline Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are once again delighted with the high response and the high standard of the entries to our IT Challenge. The concepts are extremely innovative and have the potential to significantly change and improve our daily lives. We are looking forward to seeing how the teams further develop their ideas under the guidance of mentors from our Scientific Community.”


Comment on the shortlisted teams Peter Kellendonk, President at EEBus, said: “Some of the ideas fit well with the objectives of the initiative EEBus. We will support where possible.”

The successful shortlisted teams are:


Bolt from Aston University in the UK – a free app aimed at assisting you in understanding, managing and forecasting your energy consumption and recommending a better energy provider or tariff, depending on your needs.


CartoFruit from Polytechnique in France – an app to organise fruit and veg shopping with your neighbours where the person collecting and delivering the shopping receives a discount and those who receive the deliveries pay less than they would for other similar services.


Devhope from Einseirb-Matmeca in France - SecondSight, an app designed for blind people in order to make their life easier and more comfortable. It is connected to essential devices  and provides instant information about traffic lights, street holes, newly installed scaffolding, supermarket opening times etc.


Digitalcare from F H Hagenberg in Austria - an app that can be installed in the homes of the elderly to alert relatives in case of an emergency.


Ease from UTC in France – an app that can recommend the best smart devices sold in the market in terms of efficiency and connectivity and business services such as supermarket deliveries and online shopping .


Everlook from Imperial College London in the UK - a Google Glass personal in-store shopping assistant that helps shoppers find and pay for the items they want to buy faster.


Fallse from Einseirb-Matmeca in France – an app that aims to help people avoid long queues at the hairdresser, doctor or even gym. The service automatically lets people know how long they will have to wait as they enter the premises.


ITeam from Einseirb-Matmeca in France – an app that helps commuters find the least crowded train carriage or if they have a connection,  the carriage closest to their connecting train.


Na Rae from Dankook University in South Korea -  an app - Your Energy Solution (YES) - providing households with an advanced solution to reduce electricity bills to the minimum by using alternative energy efficiently.


Nightingale from Loughborough University in the UK – Homeaide – a mobile application that enables individuals with varying mental/physical disabilities to control appliances around the house, monitor their own health, get involved with local events, and receive visual/audio reminders via their mobile device allowing them to be more independent in their own home.


Porta from University College London in the UK - a lightweight digital doorbell and intercom system with an integrated app letting you answer your door even when you're out the house.


Team Quandrum from People's Education Society Institute of Technology, Bangalore, in India – an app that aims to create a safety net for the local community by using its community of users to ensure that emergency response time to those in distress is minimized.


The brain trust from Cummins Women Engineering College, Pune in India – an app for farm irrigation that allows the farm to be irrigated in a faster, more flexible and secure way.


UCL GO from University College London in the UK – My EYE -  a mobile application that helps  are visually impaired spot pedestrian hazards. The mobile phone camera sends a signal to the bluetooth wristband, which then vibrates when the camera spots a hazard.


Porto Alegre from Unisinos in Brazil –Alert Ecoside app to report problems in the city, including for example: broken traffic signals, blocked drains, fallen down trees etc


The Atos IT Challenge was set up in 2012 to foster and encourage innovation in the future generation of IT professionals. It is now an established event in the student calendar at our partner universities in 10 countries. It has uncovered winning ideas for the Olympic Games and connected cars. These include an app that suggests the best speed for phased traffic lights to reduce car emissions and an app to plan your day of sport and sightseeing during the Olympics.


To underpin this technological excellence, the teams will be offered the choice to work with FIWARE, an open Internet platform for innovative Internet applications and service developed by ATOS and its industrial partners.


This year's winning team will receive a trip to Barcelona including a visit to the Atos mobile competence center, where they will meet Atos experts to discuss how their apps can be developed and commercialised. The two runner up teams will receive a tablet and an Atos Diploma demonstrating outstanding achievement and the chance to apply for a highly sought after internship at Atos.


For more information about the contest and to register interest, visit: atositchallenge.net

About Atos


Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is a leader in digital services with 2013 pro forma annual revenue of € 10 billion and 86,000 employees in 66 countries. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Security solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, the Group works with clients across different business sectors: Defence, Health, Manufacturing, Media & Utilities, Public Sector, Retail, Telecommunications and Transportation. Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is listed on the Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, and Worldline.

For more information, contact:


Caroline Crouch


Tel: +44 77 33 310086

Email: caroline.crouch@atos.net