Atos launches its 2021 IT Challenge on Digital Decarbonization

PARIS, Oct. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, launches the 10th edition of IT Challenge, an international student competition dedicated to technology innovation, and calls for submissions on digital decarbonization. Universities from all over the world are invited to reflect and submit ideas on how digital can decarbonize non-digital. This challenge offers the top 3 finalists an opportunity to turn their ideas into working concepts and a EUR10,000 prize for the overall winning team.

IT Challenge 2021 quick look
IT Challenge 2021 quick look

This year’s edition seeks to develop digital solutions that will support multiple areas of decarbonization and related initiatives, helping companies and society as a whole to tackle climate change. This entails creating a functioning application, mobile app, service or simulation to support industry, commerce and individuals in their drive for decarbonization.

Online idea submissions are open until November 29, 2020. The best 15 concepts will be selected and announced on December 18, 2020. The selected teams will start the second stage of the competition – app development. The jury will select the 3 finalist teams by July 7, 2021 and the final winner will be announced in Paris in July 2021. 

The theme of this edition references Atos’ ambitions on decarbonization, as Atos, a decarbonization leader in its industry has decarbonization as a core element of its growth strategy. In June 2020, Atos announced its commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2035, a date which is 15 years ahead of the ambitious aim of the UN Paris Agreement on Climate Change to limit the global warming of the planet to 1.5 degree Celcius compared to pre-industrial levels.

Since the inception of the IT Challenge in 2012, participating students were empowered to develop applications connected to major trends in the digital revolution, such as smart mobility, connected cars, interactive media, connected life, the ‘right to be forgotten’, blockchain and artificial intelligence. Students are mentored by members of Atos Scientific Community who provide technical and practical support, advice and encouragement.  

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About Atos 

Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with 110,000 employees in 73 countries and annual revenue of EUR12 billion. European number one in Cloud, Cybersecurity and High-Performance Computing, the Group provides end-to-end Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Big Data, Business Applications and Digital Workplace solutions. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and operates under the brands Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), listed on the CAC40 Paris stock index. 

The purpose of Atos is to help design the future of the information space. Its expertise and services support the development of knowledge, education and research in a multicultural approach and contribute to the development of scientific and technological excellence. Across the world, the Group enables its customers and employees, and members of societies at large to live, work and develop sustainably, in a safe and secure information space. 



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