Outsourcer Atos has named the 15 teams that have made the shortlist for its 2015 IT Challenge for students, which is looking for the best Connected Living concepts.

Five of the teams are from the UK, representing University College London (UCL), Imperial College London, Loughborough and Aston universities. 

Student teams from around the world have developed apps that demonstrate Connected Living © iStock/shironosov
Student teams from around the world have developed apps that demonstrate Connected Living © iStock/shironosov

Atos said Connected Living is where homes, work, and the city are all seamlessly connected through multiple smart devices that integrate video, voice and data services, to provide “access and ubiquitous connectivity anytime and anywhere”.

This year more than 300 students from 34 universities in 10 countries have participated in the IT Challenge, from which 15 teams have been shortlisted by the judging panel.

Gilles Grapinet, senior executive vice president at Atos and CEO of subsidiary Worldline, said: “We are once again delighted with the high response and the high standard of the entries to our IT Challenge. The concepts are extremely innovative and have the potential to significantly change and improve our daily lives.

“We are looking forward to seeing how the teams further develop their ideas under the guidance of mentors from our Scientific Community.”

The shortlisted teams are:

Bolt from Aston University in the UK – a free app aimed at assisting you in understanding, managing and forecasting your energy consumption and recommending a better energy provider or tariff, depending on your needs.

CartoFruit from Polytechnique in France – an app to organise fruit and veg shopping with your neighbours where the person collecting and delivering the shopping receives a discount and those who receive the deliveries pay less than they would for other similar services.

Devhope from Einseirb-Matmeca in France - SecondSight, an app designed for blind people in order to make their life easier and more comfortable. It is connected to essential devices and provides instant information about traffic lights, street holes, newly installed scaffolding, supermarket opening times etc.

Digitalcare from F H Hagenberg in Austria - an app that can be installed in the homes of the elderly to alert relatives in case of an emergency.

Ease from UTC in France – an app that can recommend the best smart devices sold in the market in terms of efficiency and connectivity and business services such as supermarket deliveries and online shopping.

Everlook from Imperial College London in the UK - a Google Glass personal in-store shopping assistant that helps shoppers find and pay for the items they want to buy faster.

Fallse from Einseirb-Matmeca in France – an app that aims to help people avoid long queues at the hairdresser, doctor or even gym. The service automatically lets people know how long they will have to wait as they enter the premises.

ITeam from Einseirb-Matmeca in France – an app that helps commuters find the least crowded train carriage or if they have a connection, the carriage closest to their connecting train.

Na Rae from Dankook University in South Korea - an app - Your Energy Solution (YES) - providing households with an advanced solution to reduce electricity bills to the minimum by using alternative energy efficiently.

Nightingale from Loughborough University in the UK – Homeaide – a mobile application that enables individuals with varying mental/physical disabilities to control appliances around the house, monitor their own health, get involved with local events, and receive visual/audio reminders via their mobile device allowing them to be more independent in their own home.

Porta from University College London in the UK - a lightweight digital doorbell and intercom system with an integrated app letting you answer your door even when you’re out the house.

Team Quandrum from People's Education Society Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India – an app that aims to create a safety net for the local community by using its community of users to ensure that emergency response times to those in distress is minimised.

The brain trust from Cummins Women Engineering College, Pune in India – an app for farm irrigation that allows the farm to be irrigated in a faster, more flexible and secure way.

UCL GO from University College London in the UK – My EYE - a mobile application that helps the visually impaired to spot pedestrian hazards. The mobile phone camera sends a signal to the Bluetooth wristband, which then vibrates when the camera spots a hazard.

Porto Alegre from Unisinos in Brazil – Alert Ecoside app to report problems in the city, including for example: broken traffic signals, blocked drains, fallen down trees etc

The Atos IT Challenge was set up in 2012 to foster and encourage innovation in the future generation of IT professionals. It is now an established event in the student calendar at Atos partner universities in 10 countries.

The challenge has previously uncovered winning ideas for the Olympic Games and connected cars. These include an app that suggests the best speed for phased traffic lights to reduce car emissions and an app to plan your day of sport and sightseeing during the Olympics.

The teams will be offered the choice to work with FIWARE, an open internet platform for innovative internet applications and services developed by ATOS and its industrial partners.

This year’s winning team will receive a trip to Barcelona, including a visit to the Atos mobile competence centre, where they will meet Atos experts to discuss how their apps can be developed and commercialised.

The two runner-up teams will receive a tablet and an Atos diploma demonstrating outstanding achievement as well as the chance to apply for an internship at Atos.