A record 5,499 students from around the world registered to participate in the fifth edition of Airbus’ Fly Your Ideas, the global student challenge organised in partnership with UNESCO.
Of these, 50 teams comprising 202 students with 38 different nationalities were selected to participate in the next round of the competition, starting in January 2017.
The Fly Your Ideas competition encourages students to develop innovative ideas to meet real-world aviation challenges.
It offers an opportunity for students worldwide, working in diverse teams of 3-5 members, to develop valuable skills, including teamwork, project management, communications and presentation, and to get involved in engineering.
This 5th edition of the challenge counts with participation from students worldwide. In total 356 teams from 89 countries submitted ideas, which were assessed by a group of 60 Airbus experts and innovators through a rigorous evaluation process.
Innovative ideas from the 50 chosen teams include robotic luggage trolleys, passenger seats which can be boarded outside the aircraft, new solutions for energy harvesting and virtual reality applications.
Each of the teams has 100 days to refine and develop their ideas. The top five teams to make it through to Round Three will spend a week at the “ProtoSpace” based at the Airbus HQ in Toulouse to prototype, test and visualise their ideas with personalised guidance from Airbus.
The winning team will receive a €30,000 prize, the runner up team €15,000, at a live prize giving event in May 2017.
From January 2017, the 50 teams will start developing their ideas and share updates on their progress with photos, sketches and stories posted on www.airbus-fyi.com.
Photo courtesy: UNESCO