3 top universities reach the Atos IT Challenge 2017 finals dedicated to Blockchain applications
Paris, 24 May 2017 – Atos reveals the 3 finalists of the Atos IT Challenge, an international student technology competition now running for the sixth year. This year's edition is dedicated to Blockchain apps, with no less than 77 student teams from 19 countries around the globe submitted their ideas.
The jury, composed of renowned experts and Atos top executives, has selected the following three projects, presented here in alphabetical order:
Enseirb-Matmeca University (France)
An app which guarantees the authenticity of tickets sold at events, using blockchain technology to verify that the seller is the real owner of a ticket and that the ticket is not fake.
Loughborough University (United Kingdom)
An app which provides a secure and transparent digital voting system based on blockchain technology. The platform is aimed at businesses, unions and governments, and offers a more cost-effective alternative to physical, postal voting systems, or unverifiable digital ‘black box’ systems.
Lancaster University (United Kingdom)
An app which acts as a visual tool to create simpler, smarter, peer-to-peer contracts that anyone can deploy - without touching a single line of code, or needing a lawyer for the fine print.
The winners will be announced on 20th June during the 2017 Atos IT Challenge award ceremony at the Cloud Business Center in Paris. The winning team 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.
This year will be also awarded a special jury prize to recognize a more advanced project that Atos will consider for a potential collaboration.
Commenting on these results, Gilles Grapinet, Senior Executive Vice President, Global Functions at Atos, said: "I am amazed by the creativity expressed by these teams coming from all continents. It is fascinating to see how they would use blockchain in different activities such as healthcare, food security, or financial trading, underlining the breakthrough potential of this technology. I believe we have extracted for our company and for all these universities an absolutely fantastic input for the future. On behalf of the Atos IT Challenge Jury, I would like to congratulate the 3 finalist teams and the yet-to-be announced Jury special prize for their already outstanding achievement, and we warmly thank all the other participating teams for their remarkable submissions."
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