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Sustainathon Challenges UK Students to Innovatively Use Technology to Take on Environmental Issues

Tata Consultancy Services (@TCS) and Glasgow University (@UofGlasgow) Launch Problem-Solving Event to Empower UK University Students in Tackling Global Climate and Sustainability Issues

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation, has launched Sustainathon UK 2021, a problem-solving competition that empowers and inspires UK university students to address urgent environmental challenges using new digital technologies.

TCS has been organising Sustainathon events across the world, jointly with customers and partners, to get young people engaged in sustainability. Participants are challenged to devise innovative solutions to real-life sustainability issues facing businesses and organisations. Areas of focus include reducing emissions, incentivising behaviour change and creating sustainable products and services.

Sustainathon UK is now open for registration and will run until October 22, with participants being offered a unique opportunity to work alongside TCS’ clients across a variety of sectors, including energy, public sector, and finance. TCS clients, including Aviva, one of the UK’s leading insurance specialists, and Improvement Service, the national improvement organisation for Local Government in Scotland, are among the participating organisations.

In keeping with our core beliefs, TCS is fully committed to building a sustainable future through innovation and collective knowledge. Sustainathon is our way of nurturing the ingenuity of young people  to help solve critical real-world environment challenges,” said Yogesh Chauhan, Director, Corporate Sustainability, TCS.

TCS has partnered with Glasgow University to ensure students get the highest standard of support during the ‘sprint engagement’ period, in which students join a series of interactive online masterclasses, webinars, virtual mentoring and drop-in sessions that provide the knowledge, tools and guidance to help turn their vision into a reality. Students are invited to form teams of up to six and will be given a two-week window to propose ideas using innovative digital solutions.

The winning students will be rewarded with sustainable prizes and an opportunity to showcase their ideas at the grand finale event taking place during the week of COP26 and at TCS’ Innovation Forum on November 16, 2021, which attracts business leaders from some of the UK’s leading companies.

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