Crack technology team comes out on top at BBC contest

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A team of creative Lancaster University students beat off stiff competition to win the Barclays Technology Challenge 2013 at MediaCityUK.

They were asked to resolve a series of problems including pausing and resuming content from BBC iPlayer across multiple devices, creating a money management app for Barclays and producing a BBC knowledge and learning product for teachers and students.

The finalists - ‘Team Smartpause’ - worked over three weeks to resolve the challenges set, come up with a prototype demonstration and produce a commercial plan.

Team leader Liz Colvin said: “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.”

Julie Lowndes, from Barclays, said: “The judging panel was blown away with the professionalism of the team from Lancaster University.

“With just three weeks to work on their challenge, they presented a feature-rich product that had the customer needs at the heart of it and a proposal for delivery that showed great commercial awareness.

“The experience gained on Tech Challenge will undoubtedly be of value to the students as they embark on their first careers.”

Each winning student scooped £50 Amazon vouchers and work experience at Barclays the BBC.