University Technology Challenge 2017: Final callPublished: Thursday, 26 October 2017
Sponsored by Barclays and UK Fast
The University Technology challenge is a chance to gain insight into the operations of two major organisations and enhance your skills and employability. Prizes on offer include a weeks work experience with either Barclays or UK Fast, which previous winners have found very valuable in their career progression (see picture right and details below)
What is it?
The Technology Challenge is a business simulation task that will be undertaken in teams with the support of experienced mentors. By taking part in this event you will benefit from:
- Skills development through participation in a business simulation exercise
- The knowledge and advice of experienced mentors during the task
- Insight into valuable Project Management techniques & methodologies
- Exposure to current technology working environments
- A positive experience to record on your CV and to help support your transition from student to graduate
Opportunities for the winners to apply for valuable work experience at Barclays Technology Centre Radbroke and UK Fast, Manchester
How will it work?
You will work in teams of six, playing the role of an IT development consultancy. Your team will be provided with a project brief, from which you will have to prepare and develop a detailed proposal document for a IT solution. The proposal should include a prototype, and a supporting plan including an estimations document outlining schedule, resourcing model, costs and risks. The University Technology Challenge tests your ability to estimate, budget and plan a complex task. Its more like a Startup Battle than a Hackathon, so you need to be good at planning and speaking as well as building.
The competition kicks off on Wednesday 8th November at Barclays Technology Centre near Knutsford (transport provided). Prior to the launch day, each team will be assigned expert mentors who will support in planning the task. Full preparation of the proposal will take place over the one month period between the launch and finals day.
- You will have access to a further three hours of mentoring over a given period and you may arrange to do this via telephone conference, other collaboration tools or face-to-face meetings (if feasible).
- If there is more than one team attending from your university, you will be invited to an internal presentation assessment held by your university tutors who will select one team to go forward to the finals.
- One team from each University will attend the finals day on 6th December on the UK Fast Campus in Birley Fields Manchester.
- At the finals day, you will be invited to present your proposal to a panel of business and technology leaders who will evaluate your solution.
Valuable feedback will be provided. For the winners, a money can’t buy prize will be the opportunity of work experience with Barclays and UK Fast.
About UK Fast
UKFast Ltd are a hosting firm, known for managed hosting, cloud services and colocation services. If you’re given the opportunity to undertake work experience with them you will get stuck in with their Windows and Linux teams, and see what makes this fast growing, forward thinking business tick. You’ll definitely leave with more knowledge than when you arrived; there’s also a gaming area, gym, two story slide and free bar for you to enjoy during your time here. UKFast has recently committed to hiring 500 graduates over the next 5 years and new recruits have the opportunity to have £2000 paid off their student loan.
Barclays is a fast-paced, transatlantic bank which has always been at the forefront of technology. From pioneering international trade finance and large-scale branch banking to launching the world’s first cash machine and mobile cheque deposit technology, they have set the pace in the financial services industry. And they have no intention of slowing down now. For their graduates, they offer a wide range of career opportunities to help you think bigger and learn to create smarter solutions, offering a full and well-structured Learning and Development programme. At their Radbroke site you will have access to their restaurant, shop, coffee shops and sporting facilities, including a gym, sports field, 5-a-side pitch and tennis court.
If you are interested in participating in this years competition, each team captain should email Mabel Yau with their team list and a a few sentences outlining why this team should be chosen to represent the University of Manchester.
Now in its sixth year, the Technology Challenge first took place in the Kilburn building in 2012, and has run every year since, see videos of previous events below where you might spot some familiar faces from the School of Computer Science:
- University Technology Challenge 2013 video on YouTube
- University Technology Challenge 2014 video on YouTube
The picture at the top of the page shows the winning team from the University of Manchester on the famous BBC Breakfast Red Sofa in Salford, MediaCityUK. Participating in (and winning) the 2015 challenge helped these students get their careers off the ground see:
- Andrei Muntean, graduated 2017 in CS, now a Software engineer at Google London
- Geanina Hinta, CSwIE, currently on placement at Credit Suisse in London
- Cristian Bodnar, final year, Computer Science graduating 2018
- Anais Hristea, now at the University of Greenwich
- Alexandra Misca, Y3, HCI4wIE on placement as a UX designer at the Hut Group
- Dainis Gorbunovs, MEng, currently at Net Trading Solutions in Manchester
- Team mentor, Duncan Hull