Atos reveals the 20 shortlisted teams of the 2018 IT Challenge dedicated to AI and Chatbot technologies


20 December, 2017

Atos reveals today the 20 shortlisted teams of its IT Challenge – the first ever international student technology competition that is taking place for the seventh year running.

This year's theme focuses on how Artificial Intelligence and Chatbot technologies can enhance tomorrow’s services.

The students were asked to devise an innovative use case and build a prototype leveraging Artificial Intelligence and conversational interfaces and show how this can benefit people and/or transform businesses. Students were also assessed on their ability to develop their own solution and take it to market.

This IT Challenge edition showcased innovative ideas, coming from teams spread across 27 countries around the globe. Inspired by this emergent technology, students have unleashed their potential with ideas spanning across various sectors, such as health, education, finance and government.

Gilles Grapinet, Senior Executive Vice President, Global Functions at Atos and Chairman of the IT Challenge Jury, said: “The Atos IT Challenge has seen tremendous support since the inception of its concept. At Atos, we really love to see new budding talents come up with such impressive ideas. The enthusiasm generated by the Atos IT Challenge among universities and engineer schools from all over the world is definitely remarkable every year. I have to say that choosing the best concepts from a goldmine of ideas was not an easy task for our selection committee, thus explaining the extension of selected teams to 20 this year. I thank all the participants for sharing their ideas with us and I really look forward to seeing how the shortlisted teams turn their brilliant ideas about Chatbot and Artificial Intelligence into proofs of concepts over the next few months.”

The shortlisted teams:

The 20 shortlisted teams chosen by a Jury made up of members of the Atos Scientific Community - a global network of 100 experts, are (


  • Reversal Horizon from Nanjing University Of Posts And Telecommunications


  • ALZ-E Team from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées
  • Henry from CentraleSupélec
  • Jobia from ENSEIRB-MATMECA


  • HIRO from Universität Passau
  • Lara from Technische Universität Berlin

Hong Kong

  • Im Not a Robot from City University of Hong Kong
  • IslandHack from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


  • MEC from Mahindra École Centrale


  • ML Land from Voronezh State University


  • BotAssist from African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Mbour


  • TensorFun from National Tsing Hua University

United Kingdom

  • Pal from Loughborough University
  • Null from The University of Nottingham

United States

  • BTMsolutions from Columbia University
  • CyberSec4Dev from Columbia University
  • Electra from The University of Texas at Dallas
  • EmQuo from Columbia University, Teachers College
  • MySulli from Columbia University, Teachers College
  • Saloo from Columbia University

In the next phase, each team will be assigned a mentor who will provide guidance and advice on how to build the proof of concept they will present in May 2018. Three finalists will then be chosen and the winner announced in June.

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