25 April 2017

During November and December 2016, students from Lancaster University took part in the Barclays Technology Challenge. Chris Bartzis, Calum Clenahan, Chuen Fong, Mitch Heath, Jian Hao Lee, Marvin Johnson, Yash Sandu, and Tyron Tsang attended the grand finals at MediaCityUK, Salford to take their innovative technology solution to a competition of the North West’s undergraduate talent.

The challenge, run in collaboration between Barclays, the BBC, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, offers competitors the opportunity to pitch an innovative solution to a real-world business challenge, network with senior members of each company, receive three weeks of tailored mentoring and business support, and test out their ideas.

Two teams from Lancaster attended the Barclays Technology Challenge Launch at Barclays Technology Centre, Radbroke, and participated in a day packed full of relevant support for how to approach the challenge, including sessions on technological/ cyber security, Agile methodology, and how to present and pitch. Each session gave students insight into how to structure their ideas to present at the Grand Final in December. Students were given support by Simon Harrison of the Lancaster University Enterprise team to understand Business Models and how to include key operational information into their presentations.

Only one team was able to move forward to the finals at MediaCityUK, Salford, so competed in an internal qualifier judged by Colin McLaughlin of the School of Computing and Communications, and Howard Parkinson of Digital Rail, a company based in InfoLab21 on campus. The judges gave tailored advice and support which helped the successful team to improve their final presentation and gave the runners up an opportunity to understand what would have got them through to the final.

Lancaster University’s team was a runner-up at the final competition, and each team member was a credit to the University on the day, treating the event with professionalism and enthusiasm, taking professional networking opportunities and chances to further their own career progression. Each member should be very proud of their achievement in reaching this regional event, pitted against the best and brightest of our neighbouring institutions in the North West.

If you are interested in getting involved in the Barclays Technology Challenge in the next academic, look out for a call for registration in October 2017.

For more information about Competitions as and when the Careers Service hears about them, sign up to our new Competitions Facebook page.