Airbus (Toulouse, France) announced on Sept. 14 the launch of "Fly Your Ideas," a UNESCO-backed biennial competition that challenges students worldwide to develop new ideas for a more sustainable aviation industry. Winners not only receive €30,000 in cash, but the successful team will also welcome experts from Airbus’ Innovation Cell onto their campus for a week of learning on what it takes to become a true aviation innovator.
“We are looking to engage and interact with the next wave of talents who share our vision for a more sustainable future aviation industry,” said Charles Champion, Executive Vice President Engineering Airbus and Fly Your Ideas patron. “We hope to stimulate ideas and international exchange within the global student and academic community to inspire the next generation of innovators.”
This year, all rights to designs and creations from the teams will belong to their developers, giving them the opportunity to decide what to do should they want to progress their ideas further. Global enthusiasm for Fly Your Ideas continues to grow, with 111 teams from 55 countries already registered to participate in the 2013 edition – and more than two months still to go until the deadline closes for entries.
Teams hoping to make the selection for the next stage must submit their idea through the competition website by Dec. 7, 2012.
This year the topics for the competition are: Energy, Efficiency, Affordable Growth, Traffic Growth, Passenger Experience and Community Friendliness. These have been identified by Airbus as the six key challenges of the 21st century for a sustainable aviation industry.