Friday, 18 January 2019

Hackathon Jan 2019


The Challenge

At Thales, we ensure that 90% of the world’s payments get through safely and smoothly using our specialised cryptography algorithms.

These all happen in the background so that the customer barely notices.

But what if we didn’t want this to be easy for the customer? Our challenge is to come up with the most frustrating security system for any app of your choice!

Prizes
Each team member in the winning team will receive:
  • A £30 amazon voucher 
  • The Codenames game

Meet the Judge

Our judge, Megan, will be looking for:

  • Teamwork!
  •  An innovative and fun idea
  •  Skills developed during the two days 

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

 

HACK MANCHESTER 2018 Challenge

Thales

Thales is a multi-national engineering company with five main business areas: Defence, Aerospace, Ground Transportation, Space and Security. At Thales we are constantly trying to master the undersea environment, which includes identifying mines in the world’s oceans.
To achieve this we produce minehunting sonar, autonomous minehunting vessels and command systems. These can identify mines, which the Navy can then detonate in a controlled way making shipping lanes and harbours safer.
These products are used by Navies all over the world.

The Challenge

Phone and web applications are common place in our daily lives, but not yet used by military personnel when doing missions. Your challenge is to come up with a prototype app that will alert an operator to a nearby threat, for example a mine or another submarine (this could be simulated by a sensor or some other input).
Extended: What other features could this app have to help navy personnel while working? Let your imagination go wild!
The judge will be looking for:
  • Teamwork
  • Innovation
  • the finished product
  • Your progression of skills over the two days

The Prizes!

4 x Wireless Bluetooth Speakers!

The Judge

I am Marianne Giles and will be judging the Thales Challenge at the event. I am a Software Engineer working on Autonomous Minehunters, after getting a ‘BEng Computer Science with Industrial Placement’ from the University of York. I have worked in a wide range of roles in the company from coding to helping install systems on the ships, mainly focusing on delivering sensors for minehunters.
As a judge I will be looking for teams who are thinking outside of the box, having fun and showing me how you reached a solution through teamwork!

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

The Train Experience Hack Challenge


The Train Experience                                                                 https://www.canso.org/sites/default/files/Thales%20Logo%202013%20with%20slogan.jpg




Friday, 13 October 2017

Junior Hack Manchester



Junior Hack Manchester

The Challenge

Our challenge for you is to produce a project that mimics the functionality of a minehunter.
Think about one or more of the following areas:
1.                 Classifying an image or sound
This could be an app which can recognize a certain shape in an image, or a certain sound and respond to it
2.                 The security of actually logging in to the mine hunting system
For example eye recognition or finger print technology could be used or a new way of storing passwords.
3.                 Ways to set a course for an autonomous vehicle
This could be a website, or application allowing a user to set an item going from A to B. Could we use touchscreens, voice commands?
4.                 Mimics the underwater environment
This could be a game or Minecraft

At Thales

At Thales we are constantly trying to master the undersea environment, which includes identifying mines in the world’s oceans.
To achieve this we produce minehunting sonar, autonomous minehunting vessels and command systems. These can identify mines, which the Navy can then detonate in a controlled way making shipping lanes and harbours safer.
These products are used by Navies all over the world.

Prizes

The winning team will receive:
·         2 Build-Your-Own robotic arm kits
·         2 RC Quadcopters with cameras
·         4 boxes of Thales goodies!

Judge

I am Marianne Giles and will be judging the Thales Challenge at the event. I am a second year graduate at Thales working as a Software Engineer, after getting a ‘BEng Computer Science with Industrial Placement’ from the University of York. I have worked in a wide range of roles in the company from coding to helping install systems on the ships, mainly focusing on delivering sensors for minehunters.
As a judge I will be looking for teams who are thinking outside of the box, having fun and showing me how you reached a solution through teamwork!

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

About the company :
Thales is a multi-national engineering company with five main business areas: Defence, Aerospace, Ground Transportation, Space and Security. Our maritime missions business provides the eyes and ears of the Royal Navy and many other navies globally. We provide a variety of products from submarine hardware to mission planning software on submarines and boats.

The Task :
Your task is to design and create a game relating to Thales Maritime or the Maritime Defence Industry. This could cover any aspect from comparing small boats and mine hunters, to the sea and naval warfare. The only design constraint is that is needs to be relating to maritime, otherwise use your imagination!
  • Any language can be used e.g. VB.net, web technologies (javascript and html + plugins), java (libgdx libraries), python (pygame libraries).
  • It can be single or multiplayer.
  • Some examples are a mine hunting game, naval warfare, boat top trumps, first person shooter with cannons
The judges will be looking for:
    • Innovation
    • Teamwork
    • Your design and the finished product
    • Your progression of skills during the two days
Prizes:
Each winning team member will receive a £15 Amazon voucher and Thales goodies filled with sweets! There is also the chance that successful games could be used for promotional events within Thales.

The Thales Mentors :
Nathan is a 1st year software engineering apprentice, studying a degree at Manchester Metropolitan University and working in the Processing and Run Time Environment (RTE) teams.
He uses Java, Bash scripts and hardware and also knows his way around HTML and CSS.


Simon is a 2nd year Computer Science student at the University of York, who is doing a year long placement at Thales in the Human Computer Interfaces (HCI) team.
He has knowledge of Java, Python, web techonologies and VB 96.


Katie is a 1st year Computer Science student at Leeds University doing a summer placement at Thales in the Small Boats team. She is also an ex-Loretto College student.

She has good knowledge of Java, VB, C, C++ and Python.