Atos, the IT service company, has launched a new competition aimed to find the IT talent of the future from 25 universities in the UK and around the world.

Participants have a chance to win an e-tablet, return flights, accommodation and event tickets to the London 2012 Olympics. The overall winners will also have a behind-the-scenes tour of the Olympics, including a visit to the Olympics Technology Operations Centre in Canary Wharf.

All the finalist prize winners (first, second and third) will receive an e-tablet, Atos Diploma and the chance to apply for internships to work with Atos. In addition, all participants will be able to apply for an internship with Atos in the delivery and operation of the London 2012 Olympics IT solution, between June and September 2012.

The theme of this first competition, which will take place every two years, is smart mobility.

Teams of between two and five students are being called to take part in the competition, which will involve coding, drafting, sketching and prototyping applications that can be used anywhere, anytime and on any device. The UK universities taking part include Imperial College London, Nottingham University and Warwick University.

They will be mentored by members of the Atos Scientific Community, a global network of around 90 business technologists at the company.

Gilles Grapinet, senior executive vice president of global functions at Atos, said: “We are excited to see how the students will bring their knowledge and experience into Smart Mobility applications that are both innovative and commercially viable.”

The teams will enter their submissions by December 2011, and 15 shortlisted teams will be announced on 15 December. The three finalists will be revealed in April 2012, and the overall winner unveiled at an awards ceremony in May 2012.

More information about the IT Challenge can be found here.