IT Challenge 2021

The Challenge is split into 6 main phases.

Time left to develop your application


Come up with an innovative concept for an application based on Decarbonization


Nov 30, 2020 - Dec 17, 2020

First Jury made up of the Atos’ Scientific Community members selects the 15 best concepts


13 days


Dec 18, 2020 - Apr 25, 2021

18 shortlisted teams work on their app development with the help of an Atos’ coach


Apr 26, 2021 - May 25, 2021

App testing in Atos Competence Center.


May 26, 2021 - Jul 7, 2021

The shortlisted teams pitched their ideas in front of a Final Jury who have now selected the 3 finalist teams


Jul, 2021

The 3 finalist teams are invited to join our digital Awards Ceremony

This year’s Atos IT Challenge seeks to develop digital solutions that will support multiple areas of decarbonization and decarbonization initiatives, helping companies and society as a whole to tackle climate change.

  • The following topics may be areas to explore when considering how digital solutions can support decarbonization initiatives.
    • Power generation and demand – Supporting a shift to nuclear, hydro, biofuels, geothermal, solar, wind and tidal forms of generation.
    • Power use and efficiency – Local power generation, distribution and community schemes; Use of energy storage solutions such as high-capacity batteries for homes; Use of digital technology to match demand to the supply of clean energy.
    • Industry – Helping to optimise or reduce the usage of steel and cement, as production of these materials results in large emissions of greenhouse gases.
    • Agriculture and farming – The use of inorganic fertilizers releases methane into the atmosphere. Additionally, Livestock farming (particularly cattle) produces large volumes of methane. Can we reduce these emissions, or use digital technologies to make better use of waste methane? How can digital technology help to prevent the destruction of rainforests, or aid in the recovery of deforested areas?
    • Transport – Can digital technology support a shift from fossil fuels to electricity or hydrogen? How can digital technology maximise the use of public transport, car sharing and rental schemes? Can digital aid the distribution and delivery networks supporting increased online product and grocery shopping? How can digital reduce emissions in shipping or air travel?
    • The environment – How can digital solutions help us develop and use carbon capture and storage technologies.’
  • The Challenge is to develop a functioning application, mobile app, service or simulation to support industry, commerce or individuals in the drive for decarbonization. We are looking for interesting applications that could have immediate and impactful real-world applicability.
  • For more information on this year’s theme click here

The 18 shortlisted teams

Flag of Egypt


German University in Cairo

Getting rid of printing paper receipts and generating QR code, that by scanning this QR code, the customer will have his receipt on his mobile or sending the receipt to the customers by email.

Flag of Hong Kong


City University of Hong Kong

CarboNet is a web-based application that aims to build up a community. It visualizes the carbon footprint created in different daily life aspects, mainly focused on food consumption and public transportation, and encourages end-users to lower it. We build up a calculation system for carbon footprint with the help of AI models and apply them…

Flag of United States


The University of Texas at Dallas

Data centers can be thought of as the “brains” of the internet. Their role is to process, store, and communicate the data behind the myriad of information services we rely upon every day, whether it be streaming video, email, social media, online collaboration, or scientific computing. Data centers utilize different Information Technology devices to provide…

Flag of Morocco

Digital public transport boosting

ENSIAS: Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Informatique et d'Analyse des Systèmes

Carbon emission is known to be one of the major issues in the recent era. It was remarkably noticed in many fields such as : transportation, industry, commercial/ residential, agriculture. However, the largest source of greenhouse gases from human activities in the United States is due to burning fossil fuels for electricity, heat and transportation.…

Flag of Morocco

Ecological smart e-commerce application.

ENSIAS: Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Informatique et d'Analyse des Systèmes

Our application combines the services of an e-commerce application with other services that make the user protect the environment and contribute to decarbonisation, in fact it will ensure customer satisfaction by offering them a combination of the best price from either the nearest shop or supermarket, or a second-hand market for recycling purposes .The application…

Flag of France



EKO-SCAN is a mobile application, whose goal is to encourage people to reduce their carbon footprint. To do so, EKO-SCAN has multiple functionalities. The main one is that it allows its user to scan packaging, then a score is displayed depending on the product’s impact on the environment and different requirements. Among them: the origin…

Flag of South Africa

Farm Green


To create a software application that can estimate greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide CO2 and nitrous oxide N2O, from information entered by a farm. Farmers can select different farming practices and see the impact on greenhouse gas emission. 5.7 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent (CO2-eq) are estimated to have been emitted by field…

Flag of United Kingdom

Footprint Foods

Loughborough University

Footprint Foods aims to increase the awareness of farmers’ markets by creating a mobile application for farmers to sell their produce locally, whilst also providing the functionality for customers to filter by carbon emissions and purchase/collect locally sourced produce.

Flag of France


Grenoble INP - Ensimag

With our application, companies will have the possibility to book workspaces near the house of their employees in order to facilitate remote working.

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Green List

Fh Südwestfahlen

Our aim is to empower consumers to choose the most sustainable products for their money. As a result, the demand for climate-friendly products will increase which makes low CO2 emission a key factor in a company’s product development process. In order to achieve that our idea is to develop a mobile application-based smart shopping list…

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Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

In the recent years, the world has seen an increase in ecological awareness. The issue of decarbonization is colossal and may seem abstract. If there is a wave of people ever more conscient that change is needed, still more concrete action must happen towards sustainability. The sheer size of this purpose can make us feel…

Flag of United Kingdom

GreenSource - Carbon Conscious Procurement

University College London

GreenSource is an enterprise SaaS procurement tool that calculates, visualises and compares the carbon footprint of proposed purchases during a tender process. The carbon footprint visibility that GreenSource provides allows companies to make informed, carbon conscious purchasing decisions. By making informed, carbon conscious purchasing decisions companies can drive down their Scope 3 carbon emissions and…

Flag of China


Huazhong University of Science and Technology

China is the world's largest energy consumer, and the energy issue has become a strategic issue for national economic development. Since China has listed energy conservation as an important part of the medium and long-term national economic and social development plan, various manufacturing industries have been paying attention to and improving energy efficiency. In the…

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University of Warwick

The main motive of this idea is to make each commute as efficient and carbon neutral as possible. In general, commute can be defined as the movement of people or commodities from one place to another. In the current scenario we have different systems in place for each purpose. For instance, we have services provided…

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DECARBONISING THROUGH A PHYTOPLANKTON BIOREACTOR by cultivating it with an AI. Why exactly phytoplankton? Phytoplankton is responsible for producing a large part of the oxygen in the atmosphere - according to various estimates, the proportion of oxygen produced by phytoplankton in the world is around 50 to 80 percent*. Due to rising sea temperatures, the…

Flag of Spain

Solar Solutions

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

This application will make it possible to measure the amount of energy produced annually in a location through the amount of solar exposure of the location. The interested party will only be asked for the exact location and to choose the solar panel infrastructure available or to study. In this way customers will be able…

Flag of Belgium


Ghent University

Our idea is to create an application for storing digital copies of receipts. This will make the use of paper receipts unnecessary and will make managing and tracking them a lot easier. Because thermal paper receipts are distributed daily in large numbers and endure a chemical process, reducing the amount will greatly reduce the carbon…

Flag of Romania


Universitatea Politehnica Bucuresti

Tire2Tire is a hardware device that helps drivers reduce the amount of fossil fuel used improperly and minimize the carbon emissions of their trucks. The checker is placed at fuel stations or other chosen locations and it uses sensors and a depth camera to monitor the footprint of trucks. Tire2Tire processes the captured images to…

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