Welcome to 2016!

Welcome to 2016 everyone and Happy New Year to you all! We’re looking forward to launching the 5th edition of Airbus Fly Your Ideas this summer, and meeting more global student teams dedicated to innovation and aviation. News on the next edition will be coming soon - for now, why not look back at the Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015 Top 10.


FLYING HIGH AT THE REIMAGINE EDUCATION AWARDS

Airbus Fly Your Ideas took home the silver prize in the ‘Nurturing Employability’ category at the QS Reimagine Education Awards earlier this month. A great win for us, and wonderful to be recognised in this international celebration of innovative education projects.

Over 500 projects were submitted for the Awards (held on 8th December in Philadelphia, USA) across several different categories. Airbus Fly Your Ideas was presented by Kara Evanko from the Communications team at Airbus America. We claimed the silver spot in the ‘Nurturing Employability’ category which had 25 shortlisted entries. The winning project came from the IIT in Bombay, India. Well done to everyone involved!

Airbus FLY YOUR IDEAS DOWN UNDER!

The Airbus Fly Your Ideas team has been travelling to Australia recently, where we were joined by some Fly Your Ideas alumni from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). Members of Team AEROWAVE, Team IVY, Team AEROFLOAT and Team AIRS had the opportunity to meet university representatives and senior engineering education leaders. 

Airbus FLY YOUR IDEAS DOWN UNDER!

The Airbus Fly Your Ideas team has been travelling to Australia recently, where we were joined by some Airbus Fly Your Ideas alumni from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). Katherine Grigoriu, member of Team Aerowave, Thang Nguyen – Team AIRS, Chamendra Amarasinghe - Team IVY and Douglas de Souza - Team AEROFLOAT, all participants in Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015 attended the QS Asia-Pacific Professional Leaders in Education (QS Apple) event in Melbourne from 26-28 November. In addition, Chamendra Amarasinghe and Douglas de Souza attended the Global Engineering Deans Council annual meeting in Adelaide from 30 November to 2 December, where the students had the opportunity to meet university representatives and senior engineering education leaders. 

Their presence at these events was a great opportunity for representatives from institutions around the world to ask them about their experience. The topic of how universities can provide graduates equipped with skills that employers require was a hot topic at both conferences, and many people were interested in how these students felt that experience helped them to focus their career ambitions, or further study plans.


We asked Chamendra Kamalpriya Amarasinghe, a 2015 Round 2 Team IVY veteran about how taking part in the challenge had benefited him.

“As an engineer, the communication and media aspect of Airbus Fly Your Ideas was new to me. We had to broadcast our progress frequently and effectively to the rest of the world, which is a good reflection of how in the ‘real world’, engineering firms must be able keep the market up to date on the technology they are able to offer. 

Also, as Airbus Fly Your Ideas is a global competition, we were competing with over 500 other teams this year. So having reached the semi-finals is great and I got a chance to display my engineering knowledge and capabilities on a global stage.

Whilst my team did not make it through to the very end, all the hard work that went into developing our idea was not wasted - especially since my university let me keep working on the project as my final year thesis. I’m now one of the first members of RMIT Unmanned Aerials Systems Research Team, which has only continued to grow in the recent years, and thus have spent my spare time this year in assisting the development of a Maritime Security Multi-Rotor System for the DSTG Maritime Division.

Thanks to Chamendra, whose testimony inspired many students who attended the events in Australia! Stay tuned for news on the new edition of the competition, coming early in 2016!

Team MultiFun ‘Link to the Top!’

Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015 winning Team MultiFun and their Academic Mentor recently addressed international students at the Indian Institute of Science (IIS) in Bangalore, India. This was a highlight of the new ‘Link to the Top’ initiative designed to foster exchange between Airbus Group and higher education institutions specialising in aerospace education.

Team MultiFun ‘Link to the Top!’

Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015 winning Team MultiFun and their Academic Mentor recently addressed international students at the Indian Institute of Science (IIS) in Bangalore, India. This was a highlight of the new ‘Link to the Top’ initiative designed to foster exchange between Airbus Group and higher education institutions specialising in aerospace education.


Over a 4-day programme, international students attending the event got to see IIS’s world class labs and facilities, including a large number of wind tunnels of various capabilities from low subsonics to hypersonics, composite fabrication electric propulsion, UAV/MAV design & flight tests and more. There was also time for an appearance from international ‘MultiFunies’ Sathis and Mohit. Sathis talked about leading a team, while Mohit, the veteran of two challenges, described his personal learning experience and what he has gained from participating in the competition.

Professor Dineshkumar Harursampath, the Academic Mentor of Team MultiFun, said that, “Link to the Top was a great opportunity to introduce Airbus Fly Your Ideas to a new audience, and share Team MultiFun’s experience. I explained how taking part in real-world challenges is very beneficial for students seeking an edge over other graduates in today’s job market.”

The ‘Link to the Top’ event was part of the IIS’s programme of ongoing collaboration with Airbus Group, reflecting their membership of the Airbus Group University Partner Programme. Next up, 19 students from India, France and Singapore will visit Airbus Group sites in Hamburg, Toulouse and Singapore to introduce them to cutting-edge aerospace engineering in action.


Flying the Flag at the UNESCO Youth Forum

On October 26-28 in Paris, France, the Airbus Fly Your Ideas team joined inspiring young people from around the world for the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum. It was a wonderful chance to meet representatives from global youth associations and youth networks. Airbus Fly Your Ideas was warmly received by delegates, who were keen to know more about how they can get involved with the next edition of the competition.

Flying the Flag at the UNESCO Youth Forum

On October 26-28 in Paris, France, the Airbus Fly Your Ideas team joined inspiring young people from around the world for the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum. It was a great chance to meet representatives from youth associations and youth networks from around the world.

Created in 1999 to provide young people with the opportunity to present their concerns and ideas to Member States, and also to help shape the direction of UNESCO, the Youth Forum meets every two years. Young delegates from UNESCO’s 195 Member States gathered to discuss and debate common challenges and areas of concern. The forum culminated in a series of recommended actions to be presented at the UNESCO General Conference on topics such as ‘Capturing the Energy of Youth’ or ‘Local Practices, biodiversity and disasters knowledge’.


Airbus Fly Your Ideas was warmly received by delegates, who were keen to know more about how they can get involved with the next edition of the competition. Many participants signed up for the regular Airbus Fly Your Ideas newsletter, to be the first to hear about the launch of the 2016 - 2017 competition. There was agreement that this global student challenge represents a wonderful way for students worldwide to put their learning to the test, whilst benefiting from the unique opportunity to innovate with Airbus experts.

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