3 top universities reach the finals of the Atos IT Challenge 2018: ‘Chatbots & AI’
Paris, 7th June 2018 – Atos reveals the 3 finalists of the Atos IT Challenge, an international student technology competition now in its seventh year. This year's edition is focused on Chatbots & AI, with no less than 204 student teams from 27 countries around the globe having submitted their ideas.
The jury, composed of renowned experts and Atos top executives, has selected the following three projects, presented here in alphabetical order:
Columbia University (USA)
An innovation for the utilities industry that aspires to unlock automated demand response by using real time electricity price signals and interacting with the Internet of Things.
University of Texas in Dallas (USA)
A Cloud-based Chatbot for the utilities industry which reduces customer service operation costs and provides a more personalized customer experience.
Voronezh State University (Russia)
A Chatbot that can hold conversations about art - to help find new exhibitions in a city, allows payment via the application and provides all the information needed about a piece of art thanks to photo recognition.
The winners will be announced on July 3 during the Atos Technology Days 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 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, the jury will also award a special prize to an entry that particularly stands out for the significance of the topic tackled and the dedication of the team.
Commenting on these results, Gilles Grapinet, Senior Executive Vice President, Global Functions at Atos, said: "I am amazed by the resourcefulness of these teams coming from all continents. The students have found incredible creative ways to use artificial intelligence and, particularly chatbots, in the context of business life but also private life. This is thrilling! 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 already like to congratulate the 3 finalist teams and the yet-to-be announced Jury special prize for their brilliant ideas and very well realized projects and we warmly thank all the other participating teams for their remarkable submissions."
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