School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

Information Technology Management for Business 3rd year students win first prize at the Tech Partnership South Competition

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Tech Partnership Award

On Wednesday 14 March Information Technology Management for Business students (ITMB) represented Oxford Brookes at the Tech Partnership South competition event.

On Wednesday 14 March Information Technology Management for Business students (ITMB) represented Oxford Brookes at the Tech Partnership South competition event. Two teams, a first and final year team competed against eight other UK universities, pitching their ideas for smart cities to panel of senior managers from the Tech Partnership Degrees Employer Board.

Smart Cities is the utilisation of technology and Internet of Things (IoT) to manage a city’s assets and communities. It allows city councils to communicate more effectively with communities, monitor city life and enable a better quality of life for visitors, businesses and residents. There are many definitions to what makes a ‘Smart City’. The UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) defines Smart Cities as a “process rather than a static outcome, in which increased citizen engagement, hard infrastructure, social capital and digital technologies make cities more liveable, resilient and better able to respond to challenges.

From charging portals, app enabled transport to solar powered street lights, smart cities are benefitting the lives of those that work and live in them. City officials around the world are increasingly recognising that technological innovation is the key to boosting a city’s popularity and the quality of life of its citizens. New technologies are enabling better local communication, providing new jobs and growing borough’s economies and enhancing the everyday lives of citizens and enabling them to make better informed decisions when using a city’s resources.

The teams were given a brief, the first year team had to create a poster with their ideas and the 3rd year team had to present their ideas to the panel. The title ‘Exploring new technologies develop a unique idea that will innovate and benefit a city of your choice’.

The final year team, Avinash Somarajan and Shishank Chhetri, won first prize in their competition, which included the coveted "Tech Partnership Student Competition 2018" trophy and prize money.

Talking about the event Avinsah said “As ever, The Tech Partnership continued its legacy in delivering and exceeding expectations. Yesterday in particular was a very insightful and a real eye opener event, highlighting the important role we will play in one of the most exciting times in the industry. It was a pleasure to engage with fellow students and the companies driving and leading the way in the digital economy. Learning about their R&D, pipelines and their vision for the future was very exciting.”

Avinsah and Somarajan, and one of our first year students, Saabeh Shafique, were also awarded the chance to shadow a CIO of a major UK company for a day. 

Congratulations to both teams on their fantastic and innovative ideas.

Information Technology Management for Business is an undergraduate course from the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, to find out more about the school or our courses please visit our website https://www.brookes.ac.uk/ecm/

For more information on Smart Cities http://www.centreforcities.org/reader/smart-cities/what-is-a-smart-city/).