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Emerging Technology Competition 2017-2018 now opens

The Emerging Technology Competition (ETech) is an annual event organised by the IT Innovation Centre to promote innovative uses of emerging technology. The ETech Competition is free to enter and open to ALL current undergraduate and postgraduate students at the university, technical or non-technical. You can enter as an individual or as a team. To enter you need to come up with an innovative idea to use an emerging technology of your choice. You will need to submit a design or a working prototype to show how the technology will work. This year we propose some areas of interest to focus your ideas on, although you can also choose something else

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Life at the University
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Energy and Environment

Examples of emerging technologies include: drones, cyber security, 3D printing, virtual reality, augmented reality, robot,  blockchain, gesture controlled technologies, mobile applications and any other emerging technology of your choice.

The competition is accredited through the Personal Skills Awards (PSA) employability programme of the University of Birmingham, recognised by many employers.  

Find out how to enter the competition on our ETech Competition 2017-2018 webpage.  

Huawei ICT Skill Competition Western Europe 2017

Huawei has just launched their ICT Skills Competition 2017. This Competition is open to ALL students from any University, College or School. Please visit the link below for how to participate in the competition:

ITIC on BBC Midlands Today - Gesture Controlled Technology Meets the Arts

IT Innovation Centre featured on BBC Midlands Today. Dr Sean Duffy, Director of IT Services, together with the IT Innovation Team was interviewed for the programme to explain how Gesture Controlled Technology can be used in the Arts.

See the video here:

Link to Flickr page: Making of "Director of IT Services Interview for BBC Midlands Today".  

Winners Announced - Emerging Technology (ETech) Competition Final 

The Demos and Awards Ceremony for the Emerging Technology Competition (ETech)  was successfully carried. Our finalists have inspired us with their app designs and prototypes, from mobile apps,  virtual learning assistant, drones, 3D printing to blockchain technology etc. This year we have a great variety of different technologies. External sponsors from Whitbread and Virgin came as judges to give their insights and sponsored various awards for the winners. Career Networks and academics from Computer Science also gave very positive feedback to our finalists. 

We would like to congratulate ETech Competition 2016-17's winners and thank you for all the participants. 

ETech Competition 2016-17 Winners
 App Name  Name  Prize and Award

 MyJoe [presentation]

 Jack Hughes (Computer Science) Winner of the Best Idea, internship sponsored by Virgin
 Ignis [presentation]  Mason Cusack, Artur Komoter, Simeon Kostadinov (Computer Science) Winner of the Best Prototype, internship sponsored by Whitbread 
 BlockCerts [presentation]  Rujia Li, Yifan Wu (Computer Science) People’s Choice,  internship sponsored by ITIC
 Modufly [presentation]  Ermano Arruda (Computer Science) Highly Commended, Amazon Vouchers
 WhereChair [presentation]  Richard Bilyard, Lee Thomas Johnson (Social Sciences) Highly Commended, Amazon Vouchers

Find out more what happed on the day on our Flickr Page and YouTube Channel.

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