Land Rover’s future engineers crack the code in Abu Dhabi

Land Rover will make Abu Dhabi the code-cracking capital of the world for a battle between 150 talented future software engineers.

Bright young engineers from 16 countries will compete at the Yas Marina Circuit in the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge world final - the first time the annual event has been held outside the UK.

The two-day competition sees teams of 13-19-year olds from 16 countries take on a series of driving challenges using miniature remote-controlled four-wheel drive vehicles they have designed, built and tested for the competition. In addition, the finalists will face a surprise challenge, which will test their teamwork and how they work under pressure.

The global competition, now in its third year, sees the brightest young engineering minds compete in regional and national rounds of competition to reach the world finals. The contest supports classroom education, reflecting Jaguar Land Rover's commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects and its desire to recruit the next generation of engineers, who will design and develop future electric, connected and autonomous vehicles.

Having just played host to the finale of the Formula 1 season, the state-of-the-art Yas Marina Circuit is a fitting venue for such an innovative and demanding event.

A team of talented students from Repton School in Dubai will represent the United Arab Emirates in the competition. The five-strong ‘Project Ram' team, led by team captain Paula Hautvast, 17, has worked on the project for seven months. Paula said: "We've all enjoyed strengthening our employability skills and engineering knowledge. We are proud to represent the United Arab Emirates and are confident our Range Rover practice track at school and our 4x4 vehicle's coding will help us perform well on the track."

Chris Thorp, Director of Responsible Business at Jaguar Land Rover, said: "Jaguar Land Rover needs more talented young people to join our growing business. We are a global business with an expanding manufacturing base and sell vehicles in 130 countries. Through education projects such as Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Challenge, we aim to enthuse and inspire more young people around the world to pursue engineering careers and make them aware of the diverse and exciting opportunities available to them, including coding and app development."

The UK's leading investor in research and development, Jaguar Land Rover has launched a global initiative which aims to recruit more than 1,000 electronic and software engineers to its expanding business. In June this year, the company launched an innovative, mixed reality recruitment app - in collaboration with Gorillaz - to seek out and test future engineering talent.

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