2015 North Event: 1st Year Competition – Software Degree

***The Software Development for Business Event has now been cancelled. Competition judging will take place at the ITMB Event on 2nd December 2015***

Student Competition

Prizes to be won for the best team(s). Employers sponsors to be announced before the event…

Smart Cities

Innovate your city

From graffiti busting drones to self-watering parks, cities are globally transforming and competing to provide a better and cleaner environment for its population. Extreme urbanisation is also causing leaders to develop new strategies for built environments, social networks, and new cities.

Over recent years, cities are becoming smarter by better managing traffic jams, controlling temperatures and providing real-time information that affect our daily lives. Smart phone apps alone enable us to connect with a multitude of things, such as digital payment systems, finding available parking spaces, and helping councils with high tech waste management systems. Software is being used in interesting ways to ensure sustainable growth, productivity, and long term cost savings.

Leaders, industries, and citizens are working together to improve life through emerging initiatives and city-wide interventions. These innovations effect all areas; your neighbourhood, commuter experience, tourist spots, safety and rescue operations, community development, local government, education, and much more.

Competition Question:  How would you improve your city using software?

Bring TWO A1 posters to the event, illustrating your ideas about using a software solution to improve an area, experience, or activity in your city. Your team should pick one problem/area.

The Task

Your idea should think about the problem/experience in your city, the solution, its impact, and the implementation.

1. Explain the problem in your city through your experience and some research

2. What is your solution?

3. How can it resolve the problem?

4. How can it be developed? Look into the technology and business model taking into account any limitations of the product.

[Implementation] Software students to look into the technologies used, platforms, what’s out there and a high level development plan.

1. How will you market it to your audience? Why should they use it?

2. Is it unique? How does your solution stand against competition?

3. At the 2nd Dec Event, your group will present the idea in front of an employer panel; the presentation should include your advert.

One team per university.

Register your team by Friday 20th November 2015 via email degrees@thetechpartnership.com [email to include: University Name, Team Name, all member names and a brief description of your idea]

Employers will select the winner based on the overall idea, innovation, business considerations, poster presentation and team work.


Presentation small print:

You must create an A1 Poster to illustrate your ideas and bring TWO with you on the day- make it as creative and visual as possible. 

If for any reason, you need access to a laptop or internet, let us know in advance. 

You will have a maximum of 10 minutes to present your idea to the judges on the day. This will be followed by a 5 minute Q&A session.

For all queries contact us degrees@thetechpartnership.com

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***Please submit your posters to the Tech Partnership team at the registration desk as you arrive to the event***