Extintus from Portugal winner of the AT&T Excellence in IT Award

Belgrade, Serbia, 23 July 2018

This year 340,000 students enrolled in the JA Company Programme, with 200 taking part in the European competition which gathers national winners from 40 countries across Europe.

Since 2013, JA Europe and AT&T have worked together to empower young people with entrepreneurship and employability schemes that help students move into the workforce with a clear competitive advantage. During the academic year 2017-2018, more than 5000 students from 8 countries participated in various activities including masterclasses, innovation camps, job shadow days and hackathons with the support of 300 volunteers.

2018 marked the third edition of the AT&T Excellence in IT Award, sponsored by AT&T, created to acknowledge student companies who demonstrated innovative use of ICT. Commenting on the winning team, Caroline Jenner, CEO, JA Europe said:

“The world is changing fast and businesses need to constantly adapt to the new norms dictated by technology and digital innovation in telecommunication. The AT&T Excellence in IT Award encourages and recognizes young people’s efforts to focus on digital transformation and explore the opportunities this evolution is bringing to them”.

This year’s winner, Portugal’s Extinctus Enterprise, demonstrated a specific social contribution, solving real world challenges using technology. It’s early detection system for forest fires uses sensor technology, wireless data capture and a control platform. This business showed material evidence of a credible partner ecosystem: a supply chain, coding, software, sustainability, and mesh networking technology.

We are so happy to have received this award. It makes us proud and more determined than ever to make our business successful.”

Peter Daly, Vice President, Global Service Management AT&T further added:

“There is so much talent out there. It is crucial we do our bit as businesses to help nurture the youth as they grow and flourish. Our AT&T Aspire initiative and this award does just this. It gives young people the training and mentoring they need to get—and keep—good jobs.”

AT&T Excellence in IT Award

About JA Europe
JA Europe is Europe’s largest provider of education programmes for entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy, reaching 3.6 million students in 40 countries in 2017. JA works with the education and business communities as well as governments to provide young people from primary school to university with experiences that build the skills and competences they will need to succeed in a global economy.

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