Oishi Deb takes second place in Jaguar Land Rover Developer Challenge 2016

Posted by mb674 at Aug 10, 2016 08:45 AM |
Oishi Deb, BEng Software and Electronic Engineering student, gives an account of participating in Jaguar Land Rover Developer Challenge 2016.
Oishi Deb takes second place in Jaguar Land Rover Developer Challenge 2016

The team that took 2nd place in Jaguar Land Rover Developer Challenge 2016. Oishi is holding the prize.

I participated in the weekend-long interdisciplinary Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) Developer Challenge 2016 from 22nd to 24th of July. This was a 48 hours long event, hosted by the JLR research team at the Coventry transport museum. As cars are now a part of the Internet of Things like any other devices having network connectivity, the purpose of the challenge was to come up with innovative ideas for cars to have a positive impact on people's lives.

On the evening of Friday,  July 22nd, the event kicked off at 8pm with a warm welcome from the JLR team and following that was the ideas pitching and team formation activities. It was a great opportunity to network with people from different disciplines. We soon assembled a team and started getting to know each other better. We spend the Friday night discussing various ideas and finally went for some well deserved sleep around 3 in the morning.

Next day we started off at 8:30am with brainstorming after which we had a good idea of what our team – Super Report wanted to achieve. Our idea was to capture real-time connected car data to create a health report of a used car, which included driver’s rating on the car’s driving behaviour. We created a dedicated web portal to access the used car reports. These were mainly targeted at prospective buyers who could access vehicle reports and assess different cars based on their actual driving experience and service/maintenance records.

We designed and developed our website by utilizing the real vehicle’s data from the Application Programming Interface (API) provided by the JLR team. We also created an animated video of our project for the final presentation. We focussed on the business model, innovation and the positive impact our project would create, making sure to plan our time carefully to finish everything on time.

The deadline to submit our work was at 1pm on Sunday, July 24th. We were confident our submission was of good quality and that we were well prepared for our presentation. Following the submission, each of the ten teams participating in the challenge presented their respective projects to the judges.

Finally when all the presentations were over the time has come to announce the results. All projects were judged on a combination of factors relating to value creation, innovation, technical implementation, user experience, market potential, integration opportunity and presentation quality.

Each one of us was waiting anxiously to hear the winners. When our team was announced as the runner-up of the 2016 JLR Developer Challenge, it was very overwhelming and satisfying feeling. The hard work of the last 48 hours and very little sleep were undoubtedly paid off with the joy of this achievement.

I really enjoyed this challenge. The best part of the whole challenge was meeting and getting to know new people with real passion for engineering, and working as a team to produce something truly innovative and of great industrial relevance. After taking many photos we bid adios to each other but will always cherish this wonderful time we spent together.

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