“Atos reveals the 15 shortlisted teams in its IT Challenge for best app to manage personal data”

Paris, 15 December, 2015

Students from 19 countries have submitted their ideas on this year's theme – the “Right to be Forgotten”

Atos, an international leader in digital services, reveals the 15 shortlisted teams in its IT Challenge – the first ever international student technology competition that is now in its fifth year. This year's theme invites students to tackle one of the biggest conundrums of the 21st century - how to manage our own personal data on-line and protect our Right to be Forgotten[1], while benefitting from all that the digital world offers.


With teams from 19 countries participating, the standard has been very high. The ideas submitted range from tools for monitoring, managing and updating on-line profiles of individuals and corporates through to solutions to control when, how and by whom your data can be accessed.


Gilles Grapinet, Senior Executive Vice President, Global Functions at Atos, said: “The number and quality of submissions we have received this year is impressive and as a member of the judging panel, I can say that choosing just 15 was a difficult task. I thank all those who have entered for sharing their ideas with us and look forward to seeing how the shortlisted teams turn their ideas into proofs of concepts over the next few months.”

The shortlisted teams:


The 15 shortlisted teams were chosen by a jury made up of members of the Atos Executive Committee and the Atos Scientific Community - a global network of around 100 of the best business technologists within Atos. In the next phase, each team will be appointed a mentor to work with them to provide guidance and advice on how to build a proof of concept that they will be asked to present in May 2016. At this stage three finalists will be chosen and the winner will be announced in June. The shortlisted teams are:



  • WebSight from a team at ENSEIRB-MATMECA is an idea for an automated tracking tool that allows users to monitor their on-line profile in a time efficient way.
  • ForgetMyPicture from ENSEIRB-MATMECA is an easy, cheap, time-saving means to search for inappropriate photos and then manage how they are deleted.


  • Small Brother is an idea from a team at the University of Paderborn that enables its users to manage all their privacy settings for their social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, etc.) in one place.


  • MEMORIES is a hybrid app that been proposed by a team at Savitribai Phule Pune University to erase online "memories" and to keep "memories" private.


  • Go n Gone is an idea from a team at the Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation to delete all personal data after two years. It also includes filtering, for example, swear words, to help prevent cyber-bullying.


  • UndoME is an idea from Faculté des Sciences et Techniques – Settat that researches the reputation of an individual on-line and provides feedback to show which content it judges to be inappropriate. The user can then select that content to be removed and the app will manage the process to delete all inappropriate references.


  • PersonalManager is an app that has beenproposed by a team from AIMS-Senegal University to prevent unauthorized use of personal data by making access to (and use of) user's  personal data possible only after the user gives their permission.


  • ODat is an app proposed by a team from the University of Politècnica de Cataluna that enables user generated data  to be stored in a secure, encrypted and isolated space in the cloud so that end-users are the only ones who have access to their raw data.
  • wareware is an app from a team at the Universidad de Cantabria in Spain that provides the user with a periodical reports and notifications on their on-line profile. If it considers that privacy has been violated, there is a service to help manage the user's on-line reputation

South Korea

  • I'm is an app put forward by a team at the Dankook University that will enable personal data to be saved in the user's mobile device.  When the corporation wants to access the data, “I'm” informs the user to either approve or deny access.
  • POP (protection of privacy) is an app from a team at Soongsil University that will use right management software to search what an individual has posted - photos, videos or blogs -  and then help them delete or change, if needed.
  • Data Vaccine is an app proposed by a team at the Dankook University that enables individuals to have control over their own data and to ensure effective protection of personal data.


  • Mr.Hide Hawk is an idea from Stamford International University to delete persona details from several websites using just one search and via their Google account.


  • Breadcrumb put forward by a team from Loughborough University is an impression management tool that helps individuals and corporates to understand what their rights are within the context of “the right to be forgotten” as well as, create strategic content and gain access to detailed business analytics.
  • NetPA is an idea for a service from a team at Loughborough University that discovers, amalgamates, analyses and filters personal data anonymously and provides ways to deal with undesirable content, primarily by striving to remove them.

The Prizes


For the first time the winner and runners up will receive cash prizes - €10,000, €5,000 and €3,000 respectively - to help bring their app to market, along with gaining support from numerous Atos top executives. All participants in the IT Challenge will be invited to apply for an internship to work as part of the Atos organization.

The Concept


The IT Challenge forms part of the Atos Wellbeing@work initiative and supports its objective to encourage and develop talent. It was set up in 2012 to foster and encourage innovation in the future generation of IT professionals.
Teams from around 100 of the most prestigious universities in the world have participated in the Atos IT Challenge.

Past Editions


The IT Challenge has uncovered winning ideas for the Olympic Games, connected cars and connected living. These include an app that suggests the best speed for phased traffic lights to reduce car emissions, an app to plan your day of sport and sightseeing during the Olympics and an app to find a seat on a crowded train.

For more information about the contest and to register interest


About Atos


Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is a leader in digital services with 2014 pro forma annual revenue of circa € 11 billion and 93,000 employees in 72 countries. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Cyber-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: Defense, Financial Services, 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.

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Caroline Crouch




[1] Under certain conditions, the Right to be Forgotten gives individuals the right to request to have their data completely deleted by an information society service provider.

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