Atos ensures cooperative exchange between young talents and companies


November 28, 2019 - Atos

Atos, a global leader in digital transformation is using a wide range of measures and programmes to strengthen the links between students, companies, business and industry experts in order to promote innovative ideas and make effective use of potential. One of these measures is the now successfully established Hackathons, in which participants collaboratively develop software or hardware. This year the fourth hackathon took place, which Atos and its subsidiary addIT organized in partnership with Google Cloud.

Atos and its subsidiaries attach great importance to promoting connections between the most diverse players in the IT landscape, mutual exchange and working in teams. Thanks to the promoted cooperation between companies and young talents, pilot projects are generated that can not only be directly implemented, but are also innovation drivers for the entrepreneurial clients. Students, in turn, are given the opportunity to network better in the industry and receive useful input and practical relevance.

Projects such as hackathons are ultimately intended to create added value for the Austrian economy and promote the digital transformation of Austrian companies.

The fourth hackathon, which took place under the motto "Business meets AI" at the Business Technology & Innovation Center in Vienna's Urban Lakeside, was the largest and most successful to date. It was organized by Atos, its subsidiary addIT and its joint partner Google Cloud, for Siemens Austria, Primetals Technologies, Wien Energie, A1 Telekom Austria and WienIT.

More than 50 participants per day, including students from TU Vienna and FH Technikum Wien, transformed the venue into an information and knowledge hub for hackers and experts in artificial intelligence. At the end of the two and a half day hackathon, the solutions developed for real problems were presented in short pitches to an expert jury of company representatives. The winner was the team from Primetals Technologies.

"It was an event that was characterized by team spirit, commitment and fun. It is more than impressive to see what is possible in an inspiring environment. The teams not only created technical solutions, but also generated new ideas for business models that are ready for market entry," said the organizer Mateusz Gren, Head of Java Application Development at Atos Austria, enthusiastically.

Alfred Seyr, expert for process optimization at Primetals Technologies Austria GmbH, added: "The Hackathon participants were able to establish contacts with important industry players and learn a lot from each other. In this way, entertaining, creative and useful software products and prototypes were developed in two and a half days. That and the invaluable network effect make such events extremely exciting for the industry".

The next Hackathon is planned for March next year in cooperation with the HTL Klagenfurt.

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