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Accenture’s Innovation Jockeys contest ready to roll
HRK News Bureau | New Delhi | Tuesday, 18 August 2015

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This year, the company promises to fund live projects within Accenture and also provide an opportunity to be part of the company’s Open Innovation initiative.

Accenture’s hunt for India’s most innovative minds is all set to begin soon. For the last three years, Accenture has been running a campus contact programme — Innovation Jockeys.

The previous editions of this programme saw a participation of 900 campuses and over 1000 colleges across India. In total, the management consultancy received 7,180 ideas for solving real-world problems and making a difference in people’s daily lives.

The contest is open to all undergraduate, graduate and post graduate students across India. The theme of the contest changes each year on the basis of the business environment. The themes for this year’s contest are ‘Cognitive Computing and Internet of Things’ and ‘Digital Application Marketplace’.

The participants will have to find a solution to the problem statement of how to personalise the user experience for consumers or citizens, thereby encouraging them to take responsibility for driving significant change.

The usual incentives for the winning teams and finalists are, a trip to Accenture Technology Labs, where they get to work on a live project, and other goodies such as Lenovo tablets, an Apple IPhone 6, an Apple iPAD, a Pebble Smart Watch and Amazon Kindle. In addition, the main attraction, is the company’s promise to fund live projects within Accenture and also provide an opportunity to be part of the company’s Open Innovation initiative.

As per the Open Innovation programme, the winners will get to work with top-tier accelerators, startups, venture capitalists, universities and corporate R&D labs, to build and bring to market innovative solutions.

The company also promises to provide guidance on consulting, technology and operations skills to help the winners meet their business transformation objectives.

It connects students to enterprise-relevant technology innovators and provides consulting, technology and operations skills to help them meet their business transformation objectives.

“This will be given on the basis of the ideas that we receive, and the students who are eligible for these opportunities will be intimated towards the end of the contest. We are also offering a fast-track job interview to the winners,” says Raghavan Iyer, managing director, technology delivery and innovation council lead for Accenture, in India.

“Through the contest, we try and instil an innovative streak,” he adds.

During the contest, the participants can reach out to the jury members and the Accenture team any time, for guidance.

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