A Durham student has been offered a career opportunity with Siemens after showcasing her engineering talent at a 48-hour engineering hackathon.

Vedika Bedi, 20, was part of a team who came runners-up in the Sir William Siemens Challenge, which has been designed to identify the emerging engineering talent from across the UK and give young people a taste of what it is to work for a leading technology company.

Vedika is studying an MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Durham University.

She was one of 70 students from 27 UK universities who came together to build and programme a unique mechanical/electrical device which brought to life data from Mindsphere, Siemens’ industrial cloud-based operating system.

Vedika was part of Team Vectron which created a miniature version of the competition space with model ‘people’ that lit up to represent increased footfall and carbon dioxide levels, an LED array which changed depending on carbon monoxide levels, and a rotating display to show the time of day.

As runners-up the team have been offered access to internship or graduate opportunities with Siemens’ Digital Industries, Smart Infrastructure, and Mobility businesses.

Vedika said: “It was a great experience because I got to meet industry professionals in a working environment. Having to work against the clock to make decisions effectively and quickly fix errors has helped my time management skills.

“It was lovely working with the rest of the team and we were all able to bring our own set of skills to table and learn from each other.”

Amelia Donaldson, Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist for Siemens, said: “Now in its fifth year the Sir William Siemens Challenge has become an extraordinary annual showcase of the engineering and digital talent emerging from UK universities.

“Having moved the competition online during the pandemic, we were delighted to return to an in-person event again.

“We are excited to be able to offer so many young people the opportunity to start their rewarding career with Siemens.”

Commenting on behalf of the judges, Colin Morris, Siemens Mobility’s Lead Development Engineering Manager, said: “The judges were blown away by the standard of the competition and the range of innovation on display throughout the weekend.

“There was a clear demonstration of adaptability, collaboration and problem-solving skills from across the teams.”