Technology Challenge 2014 with Barclays, the BBC and BAML: 31st OctoberPublished: Saturday, 18 October 2014
Technology Challenge on 31st October and the 26th November 2014
Want to enhance your skills and employability? Relish the opportunity to gain insight into the operations of three major organisations?
Barclays Personal and Corporate Banking, BBC Future Media, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) and the Project Management Institute (PMI) jointly invite teams of students from a number of North West universities to take part in the Technology Challenge 2014.
This is a privileged opportunity for students studying IT related disciplines (undergraduate and postgraduate) to benefit from mentoring from experienced professionals, whilst taking part in an exciting technology centric business simulation task.
On 31st October 2014 (during reading week), teams will attend a launch day at Barclays’ flagship Technology Centre in Cheshire where you will hear keynote speakers, take part in product demos and be introduced to the Technology Challenge. Working in teams of around eight students, you will be given a project brief and tasked to produce a prototype application and supporting project proposal. You will commence planning on the launch day and continue in your own time. Each team will be assigned two experienced mentors to support in the delivery of the task.
After three weeks, your tutors will select one team from your University to put forward to the final, which will be hosted by BBC Future Media at MediaCityUK in Salford Quays on 26th November 2014. The teams who don’t get through still get the opportunity to visit the BBC at MediaCityUK and support their University on the day.
All participants will receive valuable feedback and for the winning team members there are a number of money can’t buy experiences on offer. These include work experience at BBC Future Media, Barclays Technology Centre Radbroke or Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Chester.
The Technology Challenge is a valuable opportunity to develop your skills and employability by learning from the committed professionals who are volunteering their time for this event. You will also get the chance to compete with other Univerisities across the North West of England.
- If you are taking part in StudentHack (Halloween edition) this year (which is on the same day, but starts in the evening) the bus returning from Radbroke Hall will be back in time so that you can participate in both events if you want to.
- Preference will be given to team members who have not participated in this event before.
- This year, the technology and business parts of the challenge recieve equal weighting. In previous years, the business part of the challenge had a greater weighting which penalised students from technology centric degrees (like computer science). After feedback from last years event, this has now been changed.
If you'd like to enter, there's space for three teams of up to eight students from the University of Manchester, please contact me as soon as you can (before the 23rd October) with details of your team members, their degree program and why you think your team should be one of the teams selected to represent the University. If you're struggling to find eight members for your team, let me know and I can help you find extra people. Further details are availabe in the event flyer and a video of last years event on YouTube - you might recognise some of the faces!