Welcome to the 2017 edition of the Atos IT Challenge.

This contest is organized by Atos International SAS, Société par Actions Simplifiée, having its registered headquarters at River Ouest, 80, quai Voltaire, 95870 Bezons, France and registered
under number 412 190 977 RCS Pontoise.

The objective of this contest is to promote and encourage innovation in an open environment amongst best-in-class Universities and students and to support young innovators in taking their solution forward.

These are the terms and conditions that will govern the contest. Please read them carefully.

By entering the competition you agree to abide by the terms and conditions described below
(hereinafter the “Rules”).

These Rules are registered with Maître François LIEURADE in France (contact@huissier-95.com, http://www.huissier-95.com) who is in charge of verifying the good progress of its implementation. The Rules can be consulted and printed at any time from the contest website at the following address: www.atositchallenge.net or they can be sent to you upon written request to the Contest Administrators at the address indicated
in IT Challenge contacts below.

 

The challenge for the 2017 Atos IT Challenge will focus on blockchain.

In particular, we are looking for participants to come up with an innovative concept for an application based on Blockchain technologies that shows how the principle of secure, public ledgers can be used to disrupt conventional business models.

Think broad, your concept can address business applications as diverse as health, education, government services, Property, Digital Rights, the Internet of Things, etc. You should base your application developments on existing blockchain platforms (Bitcoin, Ethereum, Multichain, etc.).

For further information about this year’s Challenge, please visit the “Challenge 2017” section.

The contest is open to students enrolled at university or in an engineering school during the academic year 2016-2017, from any grade.

The contest requires a good level of English both orally and in writing.

Each University or school will be able to present as many teams as they want, but each team will have to be composed by a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 members.

Participation in the contest shall be formalized by each team registering on line via the official contest website.

  • Formal registration by teams (from September to November 30, 2016)
  • Submission of solution (from September to November 30, 2016)
  • Pre-selection decision (December 2016, date to be confirmed)
  • Development Phase (from December 2016 to April 2017, date to be confirmed)
  • Presentation of solution (May 2017, date to be confirmed)
  • Selection decision (May 2017, date to be confirmed)
  • Award Ceremony (June 2017, date to be confirmed).

The contest shall be conducted in the following phases:

1. Registration

Each team shall formalize participation in the contest by registering and including their contact details on line via the contest website.

 

2. Pre-selection Phase: Submission of solution

Each team shall develop and submit their solution by the indicated deadline, through the contest website. Each team is entitled to submit only one solution.

The initial solution shall be submitted in the indicated format and by using the official template available on the contest website.

For details and further information on the format and structure to be followed for the submission of the initial solution, please visit the “Challenge 2017” section.

 

3. Pre-selection decision

The Jury shall select a maximum of 15 teams that shall be invited to participate in the final phase (Development Phase).

The selected teams shall be contacted and the list of selected teams published on the contest website.

 

4. Development Phase

During this phase, the selected teams will be invited to develop a solution in order to show their solution in real-life context and will be invited to present the results to the IT Challenge Jury for the final selection. The IT Challenge Jury shall be composed by experts designated and representing respectively Atos. During the Development Phase, each selected team will be assigned an Atos expert that will help them and guide them in taking their solution forward throughout the development and presentation phase.

For further details and information on the format and structure to be followed for the development of the solution, please visit the “Challenge 2017” section.

 

5. Presentation

The selected teams will be invited to record a video presenting their solution, which will have to be submitted for assessment by the IT Challenge Jury. During the week following the submission of the video- presentations, the IT Challenge Jury will organize a follow-up call with each of the selected teams to clarify potential issues and ask questions in connection with the presented solution. For further details and information about the format and structure for the submission of the video-presentation to the Jury, please visit the “Challenge 2017” section.

 

6. Final Selection and Awards Ceremony

The IT Challenge Jury will select 1 winner and 2 finalists. The winning teams will be contacted and their names published on the contest website during the month of June 2017. The winning teams shall be invited to attend the Awards Ceremony, with attendance of Atos Top executives and selected partners. Details, location and date for the Awards Ceremony shall be communicated to the winning teams in due course.

Atos will arrange and/or cover the travel and accommodation expenses of the winning teams to attend the Awards Ceremony.

The IT Challenge Jury for the Pre-Selection Phase (Submission of Solution) shall be composed by members of the Atos Scientific Community (the Atos community gathering the best scientific experts within the Atos Group worldwide).

The Jury for the Final Phase (Development and Presentation of Solution) shall be integrated by respectively Atos Top Executives, Technical experts and invited Partners. The composition of the Final Jury shall be made available to the teams prior to the Presentation phase.

 

The criteria to select the finalists and the winning projects will be:

Phase 1- Pre-selection phase:

  • Coherence with the theme
  • Benefit of the service for end-users (Is it useful? Does it bring something new?)
  • Benefit of the service for business partners
  • Personal feeling (Originality, Do I like it?)
  • Reality of business model (Feasibility, Market size, Ecosystem, Risks, etc.)
  • Technical feasibility (Architecture, Project plan, etc.)

Phase 2- Development and presentation phase:

  • Benefit of the service for end-users (Is it useful? Does it bring something new?)
  • Benefit of the service for business partners
  • Look and feel (Design, Ergonomy, Simplicity, Do I want to use it?)
  • How far is go to market? (Key partnership required, Risks, Market size)
  • Technical quality
  • Wahoo bonus! (Only for 1 project by each jury member)

The final Jury will select 1 winner and 2 finalists:

  • 1st Prize:  €10,000
  • 2nd Prize:  €5,000
  • 3rd Prize: €3,000

Atos will also appoint a special “IT Challenge” HR point of contact, for those members of the winning and finalist teams that may wish to apply directly for an employment opportunity within Atos.

 

Prizes for all participants:

  • All participants in the IT Challenge will be invited to apply for an internship to work as part of the Atos organization.
  • For information on the Atos internship opportunities and how to apply, please visit the “About Atos” section.

 

Note: Atos reserves the right not to select any winner should the final solution presented fail to meet basic admissibility criteria as per the Jury’s reasonable judgment.

Atos reserves the right to modify or substitute any of the above prizes (for other prizes of equivalent value).

General conditions

Acceptance of the Rules

By entering into this contest, the participants agree to abide by the Rules. This includes acceptance of the Rules by each individual member of the participating teams. By submitting the registration form, each member of the team, warrants that he/she has all required authorizations and consents to enter into this competition on behalf of the relevant University and that all the consents and authorizations required from the members of the team, in case the registration is made by one team member on behalf of the rest of the members of the team, have also been duly obtained. Atos reserves the right to disqualify from the contest, at any time, any team that in their reasonable opinion fails to comply with the Rules or whose participation may be contrary to or damaging the development or performance of the IT Challenge, Atos or other participants or third parties´ interests, image or reputation.

Language

All official communications in relation to the IT Challenge (oral and written) shall be in English. All materials and documents submitted for the purposes of the contest shall be in English, including but not limited to the submission of solution and the presentations of the solution.

 

IPR

By conducting the IT Challenge, Atos’ and joint intention is to promote and encourage innovation and competition amongst young graduates in a fair and collaborative way.

Therefore, all intellectual property rights (IPR) in the solution submitted as part of the contest shall remain the ownership of the team submitting such solution.

However, by entering the IT Challenge, the team members each individually, for whole or their part, grant a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide license to Atos for the use of the solution and all associated IPR for internal research and marketing purposes (including the right to sub-license).

In addition, the participants each individually, for whole or their part, grant an option to Atos to transform their non-exclusive license into an exclusive license on all IPR vested in their solution for the purpose of commercial exploitation.

All grants governed by these Rules shall be deemed to be made to affiliates of the grantee, with no geographic restriction.

Upon their own discretion, Atos shall be entitled to exercise such option during a term of one (1) year from the Award Ceremony by sending a registered letter to team members who have jointly created the solution in the context of the IT Challenge.

Upon Atos sending such registered letter, the team members shall enter into good faith negotiations with Atos as the case may be, to agree on the terms and conditions of this exclusive license.

For the avoidance of doubt, none of the above shall affect, prejudice or otherwise interfere with Atos’ ability to develop and commercialize, concurrently with the occurrence in time of the IT Challenge or in the future, any solution which may be similar in nature but for which Atos or is able to demonstrate that such solution has been developed independently from IT Challenge submissions.

By entering into the contest the participants represent and warrant that the solution and all documents, presentations, drawings and other materials relating thereto (the “Materials”) shall be exclusively self-generated and will-to the best of their knowledge-not incorporate any third party IPR. The participants agree to take full and sole responsibility for the contents of such Materials and to warrant, on a good faith basis, the absence of any third party intellectual property rights infringement.

The participants agree to grant to Atos and their respective affiliates, a world-wide, perpetual, irrevocable, sub-licensable, non-exclusive and royalty free license to use, copy, adapt, modify, reproduce and publicly display and communicate in any way and format and through any media and support, the Materials submitted, for marketing and promotional purposes in connection with the IT Challenge and as required for the organization or performance of the IT Challenge.

 

Data protection

In order to be able to develop the different phases of the contest and keep in touch with the participants, we may need to handle certain personal information provided by the participants. Atos and Partner undertake that any personal information received from the participants will be used for the exclusive purposes of conducting the contest and communicating with the participants and will not be otherwise used or disclosed to third parties.

Any personal information provided by the participants to Atos during the development of the contest will be handled in accordance with the Data Protection French Laws. If you have any questions regarding the way we handle your personal data or you want to have access, modify or cancel this information, please contact the IT Challenge administrator.

 

Image Rights

The participants agree to grant Atos and their affiliates, a world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferrable and sub-licensable royalty free right to quote their names and use, publish, communicate and distribute in any media and format images taken during the celebration of the different phases of the contest (including but not limited to the pre-selection, development, presentation and Awards Ceremony) for marketing activities in connection with the promotion of the IT Challenge.

 

Miscellaneous

Atos reserves the right to revise, complete and/or amend at any time the Rules, on reasonable basis and as required on its opinion to ensure the successful development of the IT Challenge, in which case Atos will notify the participants in due course. All teams should specify a contact detail for notifications, and such notification shall be sent to this contact person.

Atos reserves the right to suspend, postpone or cancel the IT Challenge at any time and/or modify or vary at any time any of the dates mentioned for the development of the contest, in which case the participants shall be informed in due course.

Atos reserves the right not to select any winner should the minimum eligibility criteria not be fulfilled by any of the entries, as may be decided by the Jury.

Atos shall not be responsible for any loss or damage of Materials or other type of information or data submitted nor for any technical failures or errors, including but not limited to failure to properly process submission of entries and Materials , nor loss or damage caused by computer viruses or otherwise resulting to any computer from participants access to or interaction with the contest site, nor caused by any malfunction, errors, delays, or non-availability or otherwise caused by or in relation to the contest website.

It is the responsibility of each participant to take all necessary measures to protect his/her Material from any infringement, loss or damage, including data and\or software stored in their IT and phone equipment’s. The connection of every participant to the contest website and the participation in contest is made at participant’s sole risk.

The decision of the Jury regarding the selection of winners and Atos´ decisions regarding the running of the contest will be final.

The contest shall be governed by the Laws of France.

By participating to the contest the participants acknowledge and agree, without reservation, that in relation to any dispute or controversy which could arise in relation to the contest, the present rules or other matters which otherwise may be directly or indirectly connected to this contest, they will be subject to the French laws, without prejudice to existing rules of conflicts of laws.

The participants are thus subjected to the French regulations applicable to contests.

Any dispute which cannot be amicably settled between us will be submitted to the competent courts of Paris, included but not limited in case of plurality of defendants, incidental demand or appeal in guarantee.

For any further information, please contact the IT Challenge administrator or your local IT Challenge contact below: