Team Multifun from Delft University of
Technology, The Netherlands have been crowned champions of the fourth edition
of Airbus Fly Your Ideas global student competition, organised in partnership
with UNESCO to encourage the next generation of innovators and uncover future
solutions for the future of flight.
The five dynamic members of the all Indian
team have been able to work 24 hours a day by interacting across physical
boundaries from four different locations around the world, as they are based in
India (Indian Institute of Science Bangalore), the UK (City University London),
the USA (Georgia Tech) and the Netherlands (Delft University of Technology).
Keeping very efficient interactions between them, the Multifun team members met
physically for the very first time at the final round of the event this week,
where they managed to present the most disruptive idea for the future of
Would you encourage other students to participate
I would definitely
encourage other students to participate in Fly Your Ideas. I have signed up for
two editions of Fly Your Ideas, in 2013 and 2015 – and was a member of the
winning Team Multifun in 2015. What I learnt between editions is that it’s not
about individual performance, but about working well as a team – we described
the process as 'Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing'.
What was the most challenging aspect of
participating in FYI?
FYI demands a time
investment of nearly 7 months if a student team is dedicated to reach the
finals. It initially is challenging to form a diverse team and plan activities
among team members.
What was the most rewarding aspect of
participating in FYI?
Out of the many
rewarding aspects, I would like to talk about 3 of the most significant ones.
1) Fly your Ideas is one such competition
which gives you a chance to propose an Idea to Airbus, work on it with the help
of Airbus Employees who have the experience and technical expertise, and
subsequently, gain confidence in yourself after giving your idea a beautiful
2) Fly Your Ideas provides a platform where
we can apply our knowledge and skills gained during studies, directly to an
industry framework. Though it is hard to fulfill the commitment towards FYI,
once there is a commitment, the efforts really paid off at the end.
3) Probably the most cherished reward-
“Being Connected”. Apart
from this, I met Dr. Sandy Magnus, Former Astronaut in NASA, who is a 1996
Alumnus from my institute, Georgia Tech. I never got a chance to meet her,
though she is an advisory board member of Georgia Tech, Aerospace Engineering.
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