At Airbus, we’re constantly looking for new, better ways to fly and that’s what Fly Your Ideas is all about. The competition is open to teams of 3 to 5 students from around the world, currently studying for a Bachelors, Masters or PhD in any academic discipline. Start putting together your team for Fly Your Ideas 2015, and get ready to submit your proposal from this September. There are 3 progressively challenging rounds, then the final in June 2015 when the top selected teams will present their ideas to a panel of Airbus and industry experts. The winners will share the top prize of €30,000 and the runners up will share €15,000.
Find out more information about the global competition and how you can get involved here
Fly Your Ideas is open to teams of 3 to 5 students of any nationality or discipline. You can create a team with friends on campus, or with other like-minded students from anywhere in the world.
Our experience – and the research backs it up - shows us that diversity is a driver of innovation and performance, so to enter our challenge, we encourage students to work in teams that are as diverse as possible. Every winning team since the competition was launched in 2008 has mixed nationalities, genders, profiles or disciplines.
In particular, we encourage you to include students from different disciplines in your teams, from engineering to marketing, science to design.
To qualify, each participant must be studying for a Bachelors, Masters or PhD level qualification and must be a registered student at a recognized degree-awarding institution until 30 April 2015.
We cannot accept participants who are currently employed (i.e. are not registered students), or students who are on an Airbus or Airbus Group funded internship, scholarship, apprenticeship or other work experience programme.
Family members of Airbus or Airbus Group employees can enter the competition, but will be required to state any such relationship at the time of registration.Not sure if you can participate? Ask us for more information here .
Pitch your idea:
When the competition opens in September - and once your team is fully registered - we will send you a detailed brief and access to a short online questionnaire to complete. You will also need to find an Academic Mentor to support your team during the competition.
In Round 1, we want you to tell us about your idea. You should address one of the 6 challenges, either focusing on one challenge, or across several. You’ll need to describe the key features of your idea, the benefits and how you would progress your idea if you were successful in reaching Round 2.
Develop your project:
In Round 2, up to 100 teams from all around world will be selected to work with an Airbus Mentor and an Airbus Expert to develop their idea into a detailed project. This will involve submitting a report of up to 5,000 words in English, along with any associated charts, diagrams or other relevant appendices. You’ll also have to create a short video.
Present your work:
5 teams will be selected for Round 3. They will develop their projects into detailed presentation for the live final in June 2015. A panel of Airbus and industry experts will judge each presentation and select the winner and runners-up.
BE PART OF THE FUTURE OF AVIATION
“I learned that one idea alone may not be so brilliant, but a pool of ideas can lead to genius” Chen Yahui, Team Solaire Voyager, National University of Singapore and Fly Your Ideas finalist 2009.
Fly Your Ideas 2015 is Airbus’ invitation to students worldwide to be part of the sustainable aviation industry of the future. It’s also a chance to apply your classroom learning to real-world challenges, broaden your horizons within a diverse team and even take home a cash prize to be shared equally among all team members.
Enter Fly Your Ideas, and you can:
- Get mentoring from Airbus staff and feedback from assessors on your proposal
- Benefit from working with a diverse team – the ideal environment to foster and develop innovative ideas
- Receive guidance from an Airbus expert at key stages of the competition
- Enhance your creativity and real-world innovation know-how
- Get information and insight on the aviation industry, and what Airbus is working on
- Take the chance to improve your employability skills: develop your project management, presentation techniques and teamwork abilities