Counting Down: Your Round 2 Checklist

12 noon GMT on 30 March is a big deadline for Round 2 team hoping for a place in the Fly Your Ideas 2015 final. By this time, our teams need to have submitted their video, plus a report of no more than 5000 words and up to 4 appendices.

With only 5 places available in Round 3, don’t limit your chances of impressing Airbus assessors by making easily avoidable mistakes. For example, it’s vital that the title of your project is exactly the same as your original Round 1 proposal, that your report is no more than 5000 words and that you submit your report in PDF format.

Counting Down: Your Round 2 Checklist

12 noon GMT on 30 March is a big deadline for Round 2 teams hoping for a place in the Fly Your Ideas 2015 final. By this time, teams need to have submitted their video, plus a report of no more than 5000 words with up to 4 appendices. 

Round 2 teams are no doubt deeply absorbed in their projects – but remember that other readers might not be so familiar with your subject area. Make sure that you communicate your idea as clearly as possible – why not ask for feedback from someone new to the topic before you submit? Carefully structuring your report to reflect the evolution of your idea and the methods you used is really important.

As Assessors will not automatically review any appendices you might submit, you need to highlight in your report their significance. Appendices allow you to demonstrate the detail of your methodology or give more information on testing and results. For example, an appendix could show worked examples of the calculations and formulae you have used to determine the specific benefits of your idea.

With only 5 places available in Round 3, don’t limit your chances of impressing Airbus assessors by making easily avoidable mistakes. For example, it’s vital that the title of your project is exactly the same as your original Round 1 proposal, that the report is no more than 5000 words and that you submit your report in PDF format.  Why wait until the last minute to upload your work – no submissions will be accepted after the deadline, so give yourself time to sort out any possible technical problems and last-minute checks.

Finally, a word about plagiarism! Assessors will be looking for original thinking above all. It’s fine to reference other sources (the Knowledge Centre has a great deal of relevant information for teams to study) but it’s important that you give proper credit to other writers and researchers.  

With just 6 days to go, the clock is counting down – good luck to all Round 2 teams at this critical stage!

Reach out to the world through Social Media

Through their Teamlines, our 100 Round 2 teams are sharing the progress of their projects with the world via Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Let’s Connect. It’s a great way for teams to keep the international Fly Your Ideas community up to date on their ideas and the highs and lows of working together too.

Reach out to the world through Social Media

Through their Teamlines, our 100 Round 2 teams are sharing the progress of their projects with the world via Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Let’s Connect. It’s a great way for teams to keep the international Fly Your Ideas community up to date on their ideas and the highs and lows of working together too.


We caught up with Anthony Rosendo, Airbus Corporate Communications and Social Media Manager, to find out how a multinational company like Airbus uses social media to connect with a global audience. He says that, “Social media has helped us get closer to passengers, journalists and aviation fans. We can collect lots of interesting comments and experiences shared by travellers about Airbus aircraft. For example, it’s great to hear how much people enjoy flying on the A380.”


Companies large and small have always had to respond to their customers, so how is using via social media different to other communication channels? Anthony hits the nail on the head when he says that “As for the other media, you can’t just choose what you want to talk about! If people ask questions that you’re not comfortable with, you can’t escape, you have to answer! With social media this is even more relevant. The difference is that everything has to happen very quickly– which requires big companies to be agile enough to meet very short deadlines, for example in response to a customer request.”

What’s Anthony’s advice for Fly Your Ideas teams sharing their work-in-progress with the world across social channels? “First of all, be yourself! Engage with people – it’s a conversation. Be precise – a good discipline for everyone to learn. Make the most of limited space by using links. Most of all, consider what the reader will get from this – why should they read it? What value are you bringing? And I’m a big fan of using infographics. They really help to explain complex stories. Remember that people get hundreds of messages a day on social media, so if they don’t get your message right away, you could lose their interest!”

He adds that, “Round 2 teams will be finalising their projects in the hope of a place in the live final of Fly Your Ideas 2015. I’d certainly recommend making use of social media at this stage of the challenge. Get ideas and find new solutions from a worldwide audience made of other young people as passionate as you about innovation. You’re not alone! Reach out to the world.”


Fly Your Ideas: It’s Not Just About Winning!

Meet Vijay Kothari! He was team leader of Team Bucephalus from the Fly Your Ideas 2013 edition. Team Bucephalus made it to Round 2 of the challenge.

“As team leader, I learnt a lot about effective communication, being a team player and about dedication to a project. The most important thing I learnt was to complete tasks on time with no compromise in the quality of the work. Throughout the competition we had continued support from our Airbus Mentor and Expert and this really taught me and my team to interact effectively and efficiently.

Fly Your Ideas: It’s Not Just About Winning!

Meet Vijay Kothari! He was team leader of Team Bucephalus from the Fly Your Ideas 2013 edition. Team Bucephalus made it to Round 2 of the challenge.

“As team leader, I learnt a lot about effective communication, being a team player and about dedication to a project. The most important thing I learnt was to complete tasks on time with no compromise in the quality of the work. Throughout the competition we had continued support from our Airbus Mentor and Expert and this really taught me and my team to interact effectively and efficiently.

Our idea focused on the Efficiency Challenge. As air traffic continues to grow around the world, we need more aircraft to accommodate the demand. This has direct consequences on two of the most important environmental factors i.e. emissions and noise. Emissions can be reduced by cutting fuel consumption through improved aerodynamic efficiency. In the end, we worked on a project that focused on a concept called ‘Starlet’, which aimed to reduce the induced drag on an aircraft and improve the overall aerodynamic efficiency.

I personally believe Fly Your Ideas is not about winning or losing. It’s about thinking outside the box and converting your thoughts and ideas into reality. Fly Your Ideas was a once in a lifetime experience for myself and my team. Taking part in this challenge was a real game changer in my academic life and was one of my best and most cherished experiences to date. The Fly Your Idea competition gave me and my fellow team members an international platform to share our ideas and helped us to grow as young, thriving engineers and entrepreneurs.

Since taking part in Fly Your Ideas, I have completed my studies and I’m now working at GKN Aerospace in Bangalore, India. Fly Your Ideas gave me a real taste of applying my engineering knowledge to real world challenges and I still continue to apply this knowledge and experience throughout my working life today.’


Celebrating International Women’s Day with Team Bolleboos

On International Women’s Day we decided to mark the occasion by catching up with Team Bolleboos. They’re one of the two all-female teams in Round 2 of Fly Your Ideas 2015 along with Team CU Airpower from Cornell University, USA. Team Bolleboos are all doctoral students at City University London and hail from Spain, Italy and the Netherlands.


Celebrating International Women’s Day with Team Bolleboos

On International Women’s Day we decided to mark the occasion by catching up with Team Bolleboos. They’re one of the two all-female teams in Round 2 of Fly Your Ideas 2015 along with Team CU Airpower from Cornell University, USA. Team Bolleboos are all doctoral students at City University London and hail from Spain, Italy and the Netherlands.

So, was it a conscious decision on their part to form an all-female team? Evelien, Isabella and Judit from Team Bolleboos jointly reply that, “Yes, it was. We more or less started our PhDs together and we connected straight away. When we found out about Fly Your Ideas and decided to form a team, we thought it would be an opportunity to support each other, not only during Fly Your Ideas but also in our day-to-day work and life.

We get along really well and this helps a lot when working together and when discussing matters related to our research.”

We asked if they have experienced any challenges so far in their education, as women in traditionally male-dominated areas and Evelien comments that, “As women, I feel we have to prove ourselves more than men because it is assumed that we know less and that we can do less. But as soon as you prove yourself, you are respected.”

Isabella adds, “In my opinion, this is not a limit but more a challenge. Being able to demonstrate your own value makes everything easier”. For Judit, there’s an additional cultural benefit to consider, “I've studied in different countries and think that working with people from different backgrounds and cultures also has a positive impact.”

Finally, what’s the Team Bolleboos message for fellow female students considering taking part in Fly Your Ideas in the future?

“It is a great experience! It’s an exciting opportunity to build our confidence. Now we know that we can achieve anything we want as long as we believe in ourselves. We wouldn't think twice about participating again!”


Lights, Cameras… Fly Your Ideas!

There is less than 1 month to go to the Round 2 deadline for our 100 Fly Your Ideas teams. As part of their submission, teams are working on a short video. They must produce a video of up to two minutes in length, this video will introduce their project and their team.

So what makes a great team video? Fly Your Ideas 2011’s Guiomar Rayón Durán was part of Team Ecolution, who took home the 2011 Video Prize. She says that, “A good video can sell a good idea. More and more we tend to choose with our eyes. Being able to sell an idea in less than 2 minutes is key, in today’s fast paced business world.”

Lights, Cameras… Fly Your Ideas!

There is less than 1 month to go to the Round 2 deadline for our 100 Fly Your Ideas teams. As part of their submission, teams are working on a short video. They must produce a video of up to two minutes in length; this video will introduce their project and their team as creatively – and clearly – as possible. What’s more, there will also be a special Prize for the overall best video.

So what makes a great team video? Fly Your Ideas 2011’s Guiomar Rayón Durán was part of Team Ecolution, who took home the 2011 Video Prize. She says that, “A good video can sell a good idea. More and more we tend to choose with our eyes. Being able to sell an idea in less than 2 minutes is key, in today’s fast paced business world.”

The judges of the video prize will be looking for evidence of how you have worked together as a team and how well you can explain and present your idea. Our finalists will be presenting their projects in front of a live panel of senior Airbus representatives and other distinguished guests, so your video is a great opportunity to perfect your pitch! 

Guiomar adds, “My experience of making the Team Ecolution video - first of all, we had a lot of fun! We asked for permission from our University to film inside and in the machining laboratory. Our team of five came up with ten different ideas during the first brainstorm about what we should do in the video. In the end, we decided to do a simple performance as well as we could, instead of attempting something more difficult. The end result was very satisfying and we were delighted to win the Video Prize!”

Finally, don’t forget to take advantage of license-free resources available online that can really add some extra fun and creativity to your video. Music, photos or extra footage can all help you showcase your projects and your team – and enhance your chances of taking home the Video Prize!

Check out the 5 finalist videos from FYI 2013 video competition here (scroll down to "Fly Your Ideas 2013 - Video Competition").

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