A team of Lancaster University undergraduates has beaten stiff competition to win the Barclays Technology Challenge 2013 at MediaCityUK.
This year, the student teams were given the brief of resolving a selection of problems from both Barclays and their partners, the BBC. These included how to pause and resume content from BBC iPlayer across multiple devices, creating a money management app for Barclays and a challenge to create a BBC knowledge and learning product for teachers and students. The Lancaster finalists - 'Team Smartpause' - worked hard over three weeks to resolve the challenge set, create a prototype demonstration and produce as robust commercial plan.
At the finals on 21 November 2013, teams from the Universities of Manchester and Salford, Edge Hill University, Liverpool Hope University and Lancaster University presented their proposals to a panel of experts from Barclays Bank and the BBC. The standard was very high but the Lancaster University triumphed. The students were excited to win and team leader Liz Colvin commented: “It's been an amazing experience, I've had a chance to work with lots of people I wouldn't otherwise have met and got to learn new skills and about aspects of web app development and programming”.
The expert panel were particularly impressed with the prototype that the team had devised; keeping the look and feel consistent with the BBC iPlayer branding and backed up with a carefully constructed commercial plan.
Each winning student scooped £50 Amazon vouchers in addition to money-can’t-buy opportunities including a week’s work experience at Barclays and two weeks work experience at the BBC in Salford. They have also been shortlisted for a £5000 internship with Barclays Bank next summer.