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Students Zach Hamilton-Bridge, Kenny Popay and Tom Haigh

A team of Edge Hill Computing students have recently taken part in finals of the 2015 University Technology Challenge at MediaCityUK, where they came in the top two of universities taking part.

The annual competition is run by Barclays, BBC Future Media and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, with student teams from universities in the North West taking part. The challenge is a great opportunity for Computing students who are pursuing a career in the technology industry, to enhance their employability and receive feedback from industry experts.

Edge Hill students Tom Haigh, Zach Hamilton-Bridge and Kenny Popay were provided with a brief from Barclays to work on over a four week period. Barclays set them a task to deliver a virtual reality application using emerging technologies targeted at banking customers, and the team focussed on creating a proposal to improve accessibility for banking customers who have restricted access to physical banking services for physical or social reasons. The students presented their ideas during a 15 minute pitch, followed by questions from the judging panel and other competing students.

Michael Banford, Knowledge Exchange & Enterprise Manager for Edge Hill University’s Department of Computing said:

“Competing in the University Technology Challenge is one in a range of extracurricular opportunities students can take part in whilst at Edge Hill to maximise their employability skills. The required mix of technical, project management and team working skills gives students a great opportunity to develop themselves whilst competing against the best students from other universities in the North West.

“Our team performed excellently. Their solution was highly innovative and both their project plan and business case were really robust. Tom, Zach and Kenny can be very proud of their achievement and this experience will be a huge asset on their CVs.”