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ECS students reach Capgemini Super Techies final

Published: 25 March 2015

ECS Electronic Engineering students Dominic Maskell and Nathan Ruttley were invited to take part in the final of the Capgemini Super Techies competition, held in London earlier this month.

Over 200 teams had entered for the competition, with 16 making it through to the final. This is the first year that Capgemini had held the competition in the UK, although it has been a feature of their Indian operation for a number of years. Only 12 universities in the UK were selected to take part. The competition asked teams of two students to review a business case study, and to make innovative recommendations to solve the challenges involved.

The teams were asked to submit a short presentation of three slides, and to outline their solution including both technology and business ideas. Dominic and Nathan successfully took part in nationwide heats before being invited to the UK Final in the company's London offices.

Dominic and Nathan, who are in the second year of their MEng Electronic Engineering degrees at the University, came second in the group stage of the competition and plan to enter again next year. 'I really enjoyed taking part in this event,' said Dominic, 'and would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in combining technology and business.

'Not only did it give Nathan and I a chance to improve our presentation skills and receive detailed feedback, but also to network with Capgemini graduates. Overall, it was great fun and we are proud we got as far as we did.'

'Congratulations to Dominic and Nathan on an excellent achievement,' said Professor Neil White, Head of Electronics and Computer Science. 'We encourage our students to take part in these challenges, and it is especially good to see that Dominic and Nathan excelled not only in the engineering context but also on their business acumen too!'

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