Let’s hear it for Fly Your Ideas 2015!

It’s been 1 month since five teams gathered in Hamburg, Germany to vie for the title of Fly Your Ideas 2015 winners! Here’s a video recap on the hard work, good fun and innovative ideas that made this edition of Fly Your Ideas such a memorable event.


A Night of Celebration for Airbus Fly Your Ideas and UNESCO

Last week, over 70 delegates from the Airbus Group University Partner Programme (AGUPP) joined Airbus Fly Your Ideas students and supporters, UNESCO delegates and ambassadors and senior Airbus Group employees for a gala dinner at UNESCO’s famous landmark building in Paris, France. 

Airbus and Airbus Group Chief HR Officer Thierry Baril congratulated the Fly Your Ideas students on their achievements and hard work.

A Night of Celebration for Airbus Fly Your Ideas and UNESCO

Last week, over 70 delegates from the Airbus Group, University Partner Program (AGUPP) joined Fly Your Ideas students and supporters, UNESCO delegates and ambassadors and senior Airbus Group employees for a gala dinner at UNESCO’s famous landmark building in Paris, France. 

For the international university representatives and UNESCO people alike, the occasion was a great chance to meet students from Team Multifun, Team Retrolley and Team eMeals, and hear from the students themselves on how the opportunity to innovate directly with Airbus experts has positively impacted their studies and influenced their future plans! Airbus and Airbus Group Chief HR Officer, Thierry Baril, congratulated the Fly Your Ideas students on their achievements and hard work.

The students joined Airbus Vice President, Engineering Charles Champion for a Q&A session, after he spoke warmly about the “outpouring of creativity and innovation” from the hundreds of teams who participated in the competition. The audience also enjoyed a presentation on UNESCO’s engineering initiative from Dr. Maciej Nalecz, Director of UNESCO's Division for International Basic Sciences Programme, and learned about the UNESCO - Airbus partnership for Fly Your Ideas.


The special occasion marked the highlight of this 3rd meeting of the AGUPP, including prominent academic leaders from international universities and senior leaders from Airbus Group – a chance to showcase the achievements of the Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015 teams before a distinguished audience. 

Over the 3-day AGUPP meeting, there was much discussion on the value of ‘real work life’ experiences for students, with agreement that working closely with  industry’s to create such opportunities was a priority for both industry and education. Several of the universities represented at the AGUPP event had already taken the message on board with some of their students taking part in the 2015 Airbus Fly Your Ideas Competition. Some of these teams included, TU Delft (Team Multifun), Georgia Institute of Technology (Team eMeals), Technical University of Milan (Team Retrolley), and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (Team Multifun).

As everyone watched the sun go down over the Eiffel Tower, the students agreed that it was a great night in the City of Lights, and a well-deserved reward for all their hard work. The following day, the teams attended the Paris Airshow at Le Bourget and got the opportunity to watch the latest innovations in aviation and aerospace and grab some career advice from the industry’s top leading professionals.

What a flying finish to a fantastic and unforgettable experience! 


CELEBRATING THE WINNERS OF FLY YOUR IDEAS 2015

“Absolutely fantastic!” That’s how Team Multifun describes their reaction to being named winners of Fly Your Ideas 2015. They added, “the involvement of Airbus people throughout the entire competition was truly fantastic and we cannot thank them enough for their continued support and encouragement.’

See more of the teams’ reactions and what our distinguished Jury panel made of the finalists’ ideas.

CELEBRATING THE WINNERS OF FLY YOUR IDEAS 2015

Here’s a preview of the reactions of the two teams that took home 1st and 2nd prizes of the Fly Your Ideas 2015 competition.

“Absolutely fantastic!” That’s how Team Multifun describes their reaction to being named winners of Fly Your Ideas 2015. They added, “the involvement of Airbus people throughout the entire competition was truly fantastic and we cannot thank them enough for their continued support and encouragement.’

The five finalist teams touched down in Hamburg, Germany last month for the final stage of the global student challenge. Before presenting their ideas in front of a distinguished international jury, the teams toured the Hamburg Airbus site, where they got the opportunity to view large-scale aviation innovation in action! The five lucky teams then got the opportunity to participate in workshops organized to help students showcase and present their ideas as effectively as possible. Denise from Team Retrolley, 2015 runners up, can’t express how incredible the experience has been ‘The whole experience has been unforgettable – I’ve learnt so much!”

“The 5 teams’ projects were a real eye-opener for the Jury. I’ve never seen such an intense competition, and the teams were truly passionate about their ideas. The teams were also really diverse, which made for a really exciting and dynamic mix,” said Charles Champion, patron of the competition and Executive Vice President, Engineering at Airbus. 


The Fly Your Ideas final event also marked the gathering of the competitions many supporters from within Airbus. Teams’ mentors, Airbus Assessors and Experts joined the teams to celebrate their success, and watched on proudly as all their hard work paid off. Fly Your Ideas champions, Team Multifun were keen to emphasise the great contribution that their Airbus Mentor had made: “Right from the beginning, he assured us that we could win this competition – although none of us believed it then! He helped us transform pure academic research into an industrial application.” 

Lucas from Team Retrolley, the winners of the runners up prize, said that the experience had been “well worth all the hard work over these last 6 months! We’ve had a great time here in Hamburg, and it’s been wonderful to meet such amazing Airbus people!” Charles Champion commented that, “This team applied design thinking to the very real problem of how to reduce waste on board an aircraft.”

So what’s next for Team Multifun? “We now have a real understanding of what the industry needs and how complex it is to take an idea from theory to implementation on an aircraft. So Fly Your Ideas has really given flight to our idea! We have great confidence now, that we could potentially launch our idea in aircraft industry and bring about real change.”

Keep checking back here for more news and stories from Fly Your Ideas 2015!


Team Multifun – Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015 Winners!

And the winner of Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015 is… Team Multifun from Delft University of Technology! Congratulations to Team Multifun, whose idea entails aircraft wings dressed in a composite skin that harvests energy from natural vibrations or flex in the wings won the day, and persuaded the distinguished jury that they are the worthy winners of the challenge.

Well done also to our runners up, Team Retrolley from University of Sao Paulo, and to all five teams who shared their passion for innovation and aviation with us here in Hamburg.

Fly Your Ideas Final – Day 3 - Wednesday 27th May

Today’s the big day – finally, the chance for our five finalist teams to make their case before a distinguished international jury about why their idea and their team should take the 2015 Airbus Fly Your Ideas crown!

First of all, why are teams presenting in Hamburg? Well that’s simple – it’s the home of innovation! It’s where the most popular single isle A320 family aircraft are finalised, where A380 cabin interiors are fitted and where the revolutionary A350XWB sections are manufactured.

Fly Your Ideas Final – Day 3 - Wednesday 27th May

Today’s the big day – finally, the chance for our five finalist teams to make their case before a distinguished international jury about why their idea and their team should take the 2015 Airbus Fly Your Ideas crown!

First of all, why are teams presenting in Hamburg? Well that’s simple – it’s the home of innovation! It’s where the most popular single isle A320 family aircraft are finalised, where A380 cabin interiors are fitted and where the revolutionary A350XWB sections are manufactured.

Before an audience of 150 people in the incredible surroundings of Airbus Hamburg’s A380 delivery centre, the teams gave it their all, and their passion really shone through.


Whilst the jury deliberates, our teams are having some well-deserved time off, and taking in a tour of Airbus’ Hamburg site, before the Final Gala Ceremony in a hotel and announcement of the winner tonight.

One of the finalists, Lucas Neumann de Antonio, University of São Paulo, Brazil mentioned: ‘Participating in FYI competition has been a great chance to make the most out of this project we’ve been working on for over a year. Coming from a design background, it’s great to see our idea be put to test with the best experts and engineers, and even greater to see that all our work did take us through to the finals.’


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