When our five finalist teams presented their ideas to our high flying jury panel in Hamburg, they quickly recognised that this distinguished panel certainly had relevant experience and an in-depth insight into aviation and innovation.
Charles Champion, Executive Vice President, Engineering said that, “For a global competition like Fly Your Ideas, we wanted to make sure that we brought together a jury with diverse thinking and worldwide industry experience. Everybody sitting here today has varying opinions on each of the students’ proposals; this is what makes the competition interesting.”
Representing the Front line of the aviation
industry, Mark Watson, Head of Environmental Affairs, Cathay Pacific Airways
was struck by the mix of ideas from the finalists. “I was extremely impressed
with the quality, delivery and unique insights from the five teams. Dr. Osman
Benchikh, Chief of Innovation and Capacity Building in Science and Engineering,
UNESCO, underlined the diversity of the ideas. “All the projects were
excellent, a mix of long and short-term thinking – and we need both.”
Rana El Chemaitelly, Founder and Managing Director of The Little Engineer, commented, “With Fly Your Ideas, we want students to tackle big problems and then become part of the solution. We’re triggering their interest in the global economy.”
Picking up on the theme of diversity, all Jury members commented favourably on the diverse make-up of the teams. Gregor Dirks, Chief Innovator at Airbus, stated that, “This was the most diverse competition that we’ve ever had. We had teams working together from all around the world, and also teams made up of students studying different subjects. The quality of the ideas was better than ever too.”
Dr. Sandra H. Magnus, Executive Director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics applauded the work of all the finalist teams and noted that, “Competitions like Fly Your Ideas give students a chance to take theoretical learning and turn it into something practical. That’s when you really learn. Working effectively in a team – like you’ll do throughout your career – is such an important skill to develop. I’m delighted to be part of Fly Your Ideas, and judging by the teams that were selected for the final stage; the world is in good hands!"
The Fly Your Ideas 2015 edition was a really big success with innovative ideas from all around the world. Keep checking in on our website to catch up on the latest Fly your Ideas news and stories.