For almost two days students with backgrounds in subjects as diverse as mechanical engineering to business and finance to information technology and cybernetics teamed up to solve some of the real-life challenges we face in areas such as sustainability, offshore energy and digitalization.
"We believe that a range of perspectives fosters innovation and solutions and that was clearly demonstrated by these students," said Geir Glømmi, head of human resources at Aker Solutions. "That's why we're focusing on assembling teams with people who have a variety of skills, knowledge and expertise."
A total of 42 students, two of whom came from outside Norway, were divided into seven teams. They were able to utilize technologies such as three-dimensional modelling, augmented reality and drones to come up with solutions.
The winning team – Krillio – received the most points for their plan to make krill fishing more efficient by collaborating across the Aker companies and using underwater drones. The contest was judged by a panel that included the chief executives of some of the seven Aker companies involved in the competition.
Aker Solutions, Aker BP, Aker Biomarine, Kvaerner, MHWirth, Aker ASA and Cognite supported the event, which was held this month in Fornebu, near Oslo, Norway.
Several of the students will be selected for summer 2018 internships at the Aker companies.