Airbus champions engineering education at Buenos Aires education forum

Airbus promotes the Fly Your Ideas challenge during World Engineering Education Forum to inspire talent

“The WEEF provides the perfect venue for Airbus to interact with new talent and share our vision for more sustainable aviation while inspiring students to pursue a future in our industry,” said Rachel Schroeder, Head of Employment Marketing for Airbus. “Team Condor exemplifies the next generation of aviation innovators and we hope their presence at WEEF inspires a new wave of Fly Your Ideas participants from Latin America and abroad.”


Fly Your Ideas is part of the aircraft manufacturer’s pioneering initiative ‘Future by Airbus,’ a vision of sustainable air travel for 2050 and beyond. The competition is supported by UNESCO, which recently published a report that highlights an engineering skills gap threatening industry and growth. 


“By giving the students an insight into the world of aviation, Fly Your Ideas also inspires a new generation of engineers that we hope can contribute to filling this skills gap,” said Gretchen Kalonji, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences. “The global competition underscores the central role of engineering in creating our sustainable future and gives students a chance to experience that adventure.”


Global enthusiasm for Fly Your Ideas continues to grow, with over 200 teams from 70 countries already registered to participate in the 2013 edition of the competition. In Latin America, 30 teams have already registered, but many more are expected. In 2011, 47 teams from Latin America participated in the first round of the competition, with submissions coming from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Peru. Teams hoping to make it to the next stage should submit their project via www.airbus-fyi.com by November 30, 2012.

Airbus, the leading aircraft manufacturer presents Fly Your Ideas 2013 challenge (FYI) at the Second World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) taking place in Buenos Aires between October 15-18.  WEEF brings together the most important international organizations in engineering education. Airbus is to highlights its FYI 2013 challenge in a workshop for more than 100 international students, as well as a technical presentation for the academic delegates. The third edition of Fly Your Ideas launched in June 2012, challenges students to develop new ideas for a more sustainable aviation industry. 

Team Condor, the Fly Your Ideas 2011 Finalist from Chile’s Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, are taking part in the Airbus workshop and technical presentation to illustrate their project on alternative design for an aerodynamic speed brake that would recover energy for on-board reuse. The students will also showcase their soon-to-be-published book about their FYI experience, Cuatro Miradas Para Una Misma Aventura (Four Perspectives for the Same Adventure). 



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Notes to Editors:

About Airbus Fly Your Ideas

The biennial contest involves three progressively challenging rounds. The winners will share the top prize of €30,000; the runners-up €15,000.  Five teams will advance to the final in the summer of 2013.  The winning team will be picked by a high-profile panel of judges, names to be announced later. To enter students must register as a team of three to five members at www.airbus-fyi.com    

Fly Your Ideas registration: 19 June 2012 – 30 November 2012

The previous contest (2011) drew entries from more than 2,600 students representing 287 universities and 75 countries. ‘Team Wings of Phoenix’ from China’s Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics won with their ground-based wind power generation system that exploits the wakes of aircraft during take-off and landing.

UNESCO patronage was granted in May 2012 by Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General and supported by Jean Audouze, Chairperson of the French National Commission for UNESCO. UNESCO published its report: Engineering: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities for Development, in October 2010. 

About the WEEF

The World Engineering Education Forum brings together the most important international organizations in engineering education. More than 300 students and 700 academic staff members from all over the world are attending the four day event filled with technical workshops and networking opportunities. For more information about the WEEF, visit www.weef2012.edu.ar .