Atos IT Challenge 2022 - Space

The Atos IT Challenge is our worldwide competition for computer science and engineering students. Together, we explore emerging areas of technology that will benefit business, society and the environment. The competition is now in its eleventh year. Over 800 teams have participated since its inception – comprising over 3,000 students from 300 universities in 40 countries.

Past topics that the competition has covered include connected cars, the Olympic Games, blockchain technologies and artificial intelligence. Winning teams have come from all around the world – including France, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.

To the Moon… to Mars… and to the stars

This year’s theme is space. We asked students to develop space-related applications, with a particular emphasis on (though not restricted to) the Atos Mundi platform which hosts Copernicus Earth satellite imagery. You can find out more about Mundi at the Mundi Services website.

We received over 100 high-quality entries from teams around the world, complete with comprehensive proposals, business cases, project plans and technical details. Areas of study included deforestation, agriculture, climate, energy and pollution. We shortlisted 19 teams to develop their applications under the supervision of Atos Scientific Community coaches, and 13 of these made it through to the final judging, which is now complete.
The three winning teams (in alphabetical order) are Lum0 from Singapore, RiverEye from Spain and Sargassum Detector from France. Lum0 tracks wildfires, RiverEye looks at vegetation alongside rivers, and Sargassum Detector seeks to manage large expanses of the Sargassum seaweed.
An awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, July 6, at which we will announce the winning team (with a €10,000 prize), the runner up (who will receive €5,000), and third place (awarded €3,000). Plus, the participants will have an opportunity to join Atos. Priceless.

You can follow the competition and see more details of all of the teams’ development activities at the competition website and on social media.

Being involved with the student teams and their vibrant ideas, and working with the coaches from our pioneering Scientific Community is a real highlight for me at Atos… and I can’t wait for next year’s competition to start.

And on that note, what topic do you think we should investigate next year? We would like to provide a new and exciting technical challenge for the students to tackle and will launch our next competition in September.

Send us your ideas for next year’s Atos IT Challenge at

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About Mike Smith
Chief Technology Officer, Atos Distinguished Expert, Founding member of the Atos Scientific Community
Mike has been in the IT industry for over 20 years, designing and implementing complex infrastructures that underpin key Government and private sector solutions. Setting Atos technical strategy, researching new technologies and supporting the consulting and architect communities. Previously Mike has held technical and management positions in British Rail, Sema Group and Schlumberger. He has a daughter and a son, both keen on anything but technology. Mike's sporting passion rests with Test Match Special, and is jealous/proud of his son's Ice Hockey skills.

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