• Final call for BBC, Barclays and BAML University Technology Challenge 2016

    Published: Wednesday, 05 October 2016

    Call for teams, undergraduate & postgraduate

    Barclays, the BBC and the Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) jointly invite teams of students from Northern Universities to take part in their annual University Technology Challenge 2016.  

    The challenge provides a chance to gain insight into the operations of three major organisations and an opportunity to enhance
    your skills and employability. As part of the challenge, teams undertake a business simulation task 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
    • 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 with one of the participating businesses.

    You will work in teams, playing the role of an IT development consultancy. Your team will be provided with a project brief given by one of either the BBC, Barclays or BAML , from which you will have to prepare and develop a detailed proposal document for an IT solution. The proposal should include a prototype and a supporting plan, including an estimations document outlining schedule, resourcing model, costs and risks.

    Initial planning will take place at Barclays Technology Centre Radbroke (coach provided, see below) across two days on either the 2nd or 3rd of November 2016 (during reading week when there are no scheduled lectures & labs). Prior to the launch day each team will be assigned mentors who will support teams in their planning the task.

    The Final’s Day will be on Wednesday 30th November at BBC MediaCityUK, Salford with finalists chosen from the best performing teams on the preceding Wednesday afternoon at each participating University.

    Last year the challenge was won by a team from the School of Computer Science including Andrei Muntean (Y3), Geanina Hinta (Y2, CSwIE), Cristian Bodnar (Y2, CSwIE), Anais Hristea (Y2, HCIwIE), Alexandra Misca (Y2, HCI4wIE), and Dainis Gorbunovs (Y3, CS4wIE) pictured above. They beat stiff competition from five other Universities and we hope Manchester can defend its title with new teams of students.

    If you'd like to enter, there's space for three teams of up to seven students from the University of Manchester who will compete with a range of other Northern Universities during the challenge. Please email Duncan Hull before midday on Friday 7th 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 of Manchester. Further details are available in a video of a previous event on YouTube.

    Please note that preference will be given to team members who have not participated in this event before. A free coach has been arranged for the day to take teams from the Aquatics Centre in Manchester (close to Kilburn building) to Radbroke Hall near Knutsford which takes about half an hour.

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