June 05, 2013
By David Millward
A team of Reading University students have won paid internships at a global technology leader after taking part in a national competition,
The five members came together to take part in the contest organised by Thales Group, with support from MyKindaCrowd, which links young people with businesses.
Universities across the UK competed and Reading was shortlisted for the final with Durham and Exeter.
Students were set the task of designing a free, or very low cost, training system to meet a civil or military training need.
The Reading lads, named Team 88mph, identified the difficulties people can have adapting to different cultures when travelling.
Their training system allows an individual to interact with another culture and see how closely their responses match the ideal behaviour.
Chris Borrill, vice president of training solutions at Thales, in Crawley, West Sussex, and one of the judges, said: “Often the best ideas are simple, and as technology increasingly makes the world smaller, it seems very fitting that The University of Reading’s Team 88mph used technology to help individuals understand the nuances between cultures.
“The team richly deserved to win and we look forward to them joining us in the summer for their placements.”
Winning team member John Hill, 23, said: “The challenge has been an excellent opportunity to meet and work with other dedicated Reading students at a task which has already provided me with a unique example for showcasing my skill sets in interviews.
“Creating our solution was a particularly interesting exercise and the advice from both Thales and MyKindaCrowd, along with presenting to a senior board of directors, has been invaluable to my personal development – and this was just from taking part.
“I strongly recommend it for anyone interested in participating next year.”