With Airbus assessors gathered to evaluate our Round 2 teams’ projects, anticipation is building ahead of the announcement of the 5 final teams later this month.Before the excitement of the final stages of Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015, here’s a reminder of the impact of the competition, both within Airbus and in the wider world, since the first edition of the challenge back in 2008.
With Airbus assessors gathered to evaluate our Round 2 teams’ projects, anticipation is building ahead of the announcement of the 5 final teams later this month. The winning team will be taking home a prize of €30,000 and the runners up €15,000. And of course, each of the 5 teams will get the exciting opportunity to pitch their idea to a distinguished panel of senior Airbus employees and other industry professionals.
Before the excitement of the final stages of Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015, here’s an insight into the impact of the competition, both within Airbus and in the wider world, since the first edition of the challenge back in 2008.
A truly global competition
Over 4 editions, more than 15,000 students have registered to participate in the biennial Airbus Fly Your Ideas challenge, from over 600 universities. For Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015, 518 teams representing 104 countries submitted an idea. The 100 teams selected for Round 2 comprised of 413 students and 48 different nationalities.
Diversity is a hallmark of Airbus Fly Your Ideas’ success – teams to date have featured students with a real mix of nationalities, both men and women and from a variety of academic disciplines.
Unique internal support
What sets Airbus Fly Your Ideas apart from other big student competitions is the degree of support and enthusiasm for the competition from within the company. Student teams working on innovative ideas for the sustainable future of aviation value the access they get to a dedicated Airbus mentor, as well as extra input from Airbus specialists and experts across the business.
“It’s good to work with engineers of the future and understand how they see that future,” enthused one Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015 mentor recently.
Within the company, the competition is viewed as bringing significant benefits to Airbus staff, who welcomes the out-of-the-box thinking from the young participants. Another mentor sums up the experience, saying: “It’s a great experience for all, which definitely adds to the motivation and innovation spirit, both inside and outside Airbus!
Make sure to keep a look out on the Airbus Fly Your Ideas website, Connect@ and Lets connect as the five finalists will be announced very soon!