The Jury’s verdict: diversity, inspiration and innovation!

Find out what impressed the Fly Your Ideas 2015 Jury, and why their global and diverse experiences were a great match for our finalists and their ideas on the future of aviation.

The Jury’s verdict: diversity, inspiration and innovation!

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.


TEAM MULTIFUN AT AIRBUS INDIA

Our Fly Your Ideas 2015 winning team, Team Multifun, were invited to a special reception at Airbus India in Bangalore last month.

Former Fly Your Ideas jury member Dr. Ardhendu Pathak, VP & Head of Emerging Technologies & Concepts at Airbus, was joined by the Head of HR Airbus India as well as other Airbus India engineers and scientists. The invited guests were delighted to meet the team, and took the opportunity to ask the winners plenty of questions. 


TEAM MULTIFUN AT AIRBUS INDIA

Our Fly Your Ideas 2015 winning team, Team Multifun were honoured at a special reception at Airbus India in Bangalore last month. Team members Shashank Agrawal and Ajith Moses attended in person, along with the team’s Academic Mentor, Prof. Dineshkumar Harursampath. In true Multifun style, team members Sathiskumar Anusuya Ponnusami, Dhamotharan Veerasamy and Mohit Gupta were ‘virtual’ guests and attended via video conference from three international locations! 

Dr. Ardhendu Pathak, VP & Head of Emerging Technologies & Concepts at Airbus and Fly Your Ideas 2013 Jury member hosted the celebratory event. He was joined by the Head of HR for Airbus India as well as an invited group of other Airbus India engineers and scientists.


Subodh Keshri, Airbus India Innovation Manager and Prof. Harursampath introduced Team Multifun to the audience, and explained how each member contributed to their success in the Fly Your Ideas Final. The team’s own testimony was followed by a question-and-answer session during which the enthusiastic audience took the opportunity to quiz the Multifun students on their experience. One area of particular interest was how the five had worked together as a ‘virtual team’ across multiple continents and time zones. The students explained how careful planning and organization was key, as well as delegating clear roles for each team member.

The event ended with a congratulatory lunch honouring the student’s hard work and well deserved success.

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!


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