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Flying high at the Reimagine Education Awards

Flying high at the Reimagine Education Awards

21 Dec 2015

Airbus Fly Your Ideas took home the silver prize in the ‘Nurturing Employability’ category at the QS Reimagine Education Awards earlier this month. A great win for us, and wonderful to be recognised in this international celebration of innovative education projects.

Over 500 projects were submitted for the Awards (held on 8th December in Philadelphia, USA) across several different categories. Airbus Fly Your Ideas was presented by Kara Evanko from the Communications team at Airbus America. We claimed the silver spot in the ‘Nurturing Employability’ category which had 25 shortlisted entries. The winning project came from the IIT in Bombay, India. Well done to everyone involved!


Airbus Fly Your Ideas down under!

Airbus Fly Your Ideas down under!

15 Dec 2015

The Airbus Fly Your Ideas team has been travelling to Australia recently, where we were joined by some Fly Your Ideas alumni from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). Members of Team AEROWAVE, Team IVY, Team AEROFLOAT and Team AIRS had the opportunity to meet university representatives and senior engineering education leaders. 

Team MultiFun ‘Link to the Top!’

Team MultiFun ‘Link to the Top!’

23 Nov 2015

Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015 winning Team MultiFun and their Academic Mentor recently addressed international students at the Indian Institute of Science (IIS) in Bangalore, India. This was a highlight of the new ‘Link to the Top’ initiative designed to foster exchange between Airbus Group and higher education institutions specialising in aerospace education.

Flying the Flag at the UNESCO Youth Forum

Flying the Flag at the UNESCO Youth Forum

16 Nov 2015

On October 26-28 in Paris, France, the Airbus Fly Your Ideas team joined inspiring young people from around the world for the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum. It was a wonderful chance to meet representatives from global youth associations and youth networks. Airbus Fly Your Ideas was warmly received by delegates, who were keen to know more about how they can get involved with the next edition of the competition. 


Fly Your Ideas and me: part 2

Fly Your Ideas and me: part 2

15 Oct 2015

Last week, we heard from Guiomar Rayon Duran about how taking part in Fly Your Ideas 2011 has opened up an international aviation industry career with Airbus in both Spain and Germany.  In the second part of our interview, Guiomar shares her perception of Fly Your Ideas, this time from within Airbus.

Fly Your Ideas and me: part 1

Fly Your Ideas and me: part 1

07 Oct 2015

Meet Guiomar Rayon Duran! She’s a veteran of Fly Your Ideas 2011, and her team took home the Video Prize for that edition. In the first part of our interview with her, we found about how taking part in Fly Your Ideas helped kickstart her career. 

Fly Your Ideas, resilience and WEEF 2015

Fly Your Ideas, resilience and WEEF 2015

22 Sep 2015

Leading academics and senior industry figures will meet in the historic city of Florence, Italy this week for the 2015 World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF). This annual event brings together the educators and future employers of engineering graduates to share insights and develop good practices. 

Find out what Fly Your Ideas alumni have to say about the event and why this year’s theme of ‘Resilience’ is so relevant.

Airbus’ A320 Final Assembly Line Opens in US

Airbus’ A320 Final Assembly Line Opens in US

14 Sep 2015

This week, the Airbus A320 Final Assembly Line (FAL) officially opened for business in Mobile, Alabama, USA.  Watch a video to see more about this impressive new facility, and discover how the A320 aircraft family addresses one of the 6 Challenges of Fly Your Ideas.

Airbus BizLab: supporting and developing innovation

Airbus BizLab: supporting and developing innovation

09 Sep 2015

Have you discovered Airbus BizLab yet? This new initiative is designed to support new companies and enhance innovation within the company. Of the 150 applications submitted worldwide for the first edition, 15 start-ups were invited to pitch in front of an Airbus BizLab jury in July, 2015. Five of these were selected to be integrated within the first BizLab from the 7th September.

Team MultiFun in University Startup World Cup

Team MultiFun in University Startup World Cup

01 Sep 2015

Team MultiFun are building on their success as Fly Your Ideas 2015 champions and they’re heading to Copenhagen, Denmark this week for an intensive week of idea development and networking at the University Startup World Cup. Can they can take their idea for ‘good vibrations’ to the next level?

Diversity, Innovation and Fly Your Ideas

Diversity, Innovation and Fly Your Ideas

25 Aug 2015

During the latest Fly Your Ideas challenge, Airbus asked teams to consider the importance of diversity. This reflects Airbus’ own efforts to consciously build more diverse teams across the company, because more diverse teams are proven to be more innovative and collaborative.  Simply, diversity is better for business.

See what Jacqui Chan, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Airbus and Airbus Group has to say about the ‘diversity of diversity’ and the business benefit that more diverse teams deliver.

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

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

24 Jul 2015

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.

TEAM MULTIFUN AT AIRBUS INDIA

TEAM MULTIFUN AT AIRBUS INDIA

16 Jul 2015

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.

A Night of Celebration for Airbus Fly Your Ideas and UNESCO

A Night of Celebration for Airbus Fly Your Ideas and UNESCO

26 Jun 2015

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.

CELEBRATING THE WINNERS OF FLY YOUR IDEAS 2015

CELEBRATING THE WINNERS OF FLY YOUR IDEAS 2015

24 Jun 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.

Fly Your Ideas Final – Day 3 - Wednesday 27th May

Fly Your Ideas Final – Day 3 - Wednesday 27th May

27 May 2015

Today’s the big day – finally, the chance for our five finalist teams to make their case before a distinguished international jury about why their idea and their team should take the 2015 Airbus Fly Your Ideas crown!

First of all, why are teams presenting in Hamburg? Well that’s simple – it’s the home of innovation! It’s where the most popular single isle A320 family aircraft are finalised, where A380 cabin interiors are fitted and where the revolutionary A350XWB sections are manufactured.

Fly Your Ideas Final – Day 2 – Tuesday 26th May

Fly Your Ideas Final – Day 2 – Tuesday 26th May

26 May 2015

Another action-packed day for our five finalist teams. Today was all about their all-important presentations.  Making it to the final means that all of the teams have stand-out ideas – but it’s also important that they can stand up in front of the Fly Your Ideas jury and explain, engage and convince them that they are worthy of the top prize.

Fly Your Ideas Final – Day 1 – Monday 25th

Fly Your Ideas Final – Day 1 – Monday 25th

25 May 2015

Now it's time for our five finalist teams to Fly Their Ideas! Team Retrolley (University of São Paulo, Brazil), Team Aft-Burner-Reverser (Northwestern Polytechnical University, China), Team Birdport (The University of Tokyo, Japan), Team Multifun (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands) and Team Bolleboos (City University London, United Kingdom) all touched down in Hamburg over the past 48hrs.

Counting down to the Fly Your Ideas Final

Counting down to the Fly Your Ideas Final

21 May 2015

Next week in Hamburg, Germany, our five finalist teams will gather for the ultimate stage of Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015. They’ll have the opportunity to work on their presentation skills before the all-important moment when they can take to the stage and show the world why their idea matters.  

The quality of ideas is important – but being able to showcase them and share them as effectively as possible is also vital, and a real asset to finalists for in their future careers.

Well done to our Video Competition Winning Team!

Well done to our Video Competition Winning Team!

18 May 2015

See which of the 8 teams selected for their great videos has been voted as your top choice! The Video Competition is an important part of Fly Your Ideas, it is a great opportunity for student teams to develop their presentation skills and share their innovative ideas with the world. Each of the 8 videos, showcased their teams’ ideas and their collaboration extremely well - but which team received the most votes to be crowned winner of the Airbus Fly Your Ideas Best Video Competition?

Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015 Final comes to Germany!

Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015 Final comes to Germany!

08 May 2015

The Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015 Final will take place on 27 May – but where exactly will the teams give their presentations? Somewhere with strong links to innovation in aviation and the latest in aircraft design of course – and one Airbus centre is the ideal location!

Fly Your Ideas Video Competition

Fly Your Ideas Video Competition

29 Apr 2015

It’s time for one of the most popular stages of Airbus Fly Your Ideas – tune in to the Video Competition! You can now see the 8 videos selected by Airbus assessors out of the 100 teams videos in Round 2. 

This selection of short videos are a fantastic way for Airbus Fly Your Ideas teams to share their innovative ideas with a global audience. It’s also a great opportunity to showcase their work, share their team story and get worldwide support for their efforts. 


Look How Far We’ve Come!

Look How Far We’ve Come!

17 Apr 2015

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.

Counting Down: Your Round 2 Checklist

Counting Down: Your Round 2 Checklist

24 Mar 2015

12 noon GMT on 30 March is a big deadline for Round 2 team hoping for a place in the Fly Your Ideas 2015 final. By this time, our teams need to have submitted their video, plus a report of no more than 5000 words and up to 4 appendices.

With only 5 places available in Round 3, don’t limit your chances of impressing Airbus assessors by making easily avoidable mistakes. For example, it’s vital that the title of your project is exactly the same as your original Round 1 proposal, that your report is no more than 5000 words and that you submit your report in PDF format.


Reach out to the world through Social Media

Reach out to the world through Social Media

17 Mar 2015

Through their Teamlines, our 100 Round 2 teams are sharing the progress of their projects with the world via Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Let’s Connect. It’s a great way for teams to keep the international Fly Your Ideas community up to date on their ideas and the highs and lows of working together too.

Fly Your Ideas: It’s Not Just About Winning!

Fly Your Ideas: It’s Not Just About Winning!

10 Mar 2015

Meet Vijay Kothari! He was team leader of Team Bucephalus from the Fly Your Ideas 2013 edition. Team Bucephalus made it to Round 2 of the challenge.

“As team leader, I learnt a lot about effective communication, being a team player and about dedication to a project. The most important thing I learnt was to complete tasks on time with no compromise in the quality of the work. Throughout the competition we had continued support from our Airbus Mentor and Expert and this really taught me and my team to interact effectively and efficiently.

Celebrating International Women’s Day with Team Bolleboos

Celebrating International Women’s Day with Team Bolleboos

08 Mar 2015

On International Women’s Day we decided to mark the occasion by catching up with Team Bolleboos. They’re one of the two all-female teams in Round 2 of Fly Your Ideas 2015 along with Team CU Airpower from Cornell University, USA. Team Bolleboos are all doctoral students at City University London and hail from Spain, Italy and the Netherlands.

Lights, Cameras… Fly Your Ideas!

Lights, Cameras… Fly Your Ideas!

04 Mar 2015

There is less than 1 month to go to the Round 2 deadline for our 100 Fly Your Ideas teams. As part of their submission, teams are working on a short video. They must produce a video of up to two minutes in length, this video will introduce their project and their team.

So what makes a great team video? Fly Your Ideas 2011’s Guiomar Rayón Durán was part of Team Ecolution, who took home the 2011 Video Prize. She says that, “A good video can sell a good idea. More and more we tend to choose with our eyes. Being able to sell an idea in less than 2 minutes is key, in today’s fast paced business world.”


AUSTRALIAN TEAMS AT AVALON 2015

AUSTRALIAN TEAMS AT AVALON 2015

26 Feb 2015

Five Australian teams have made it through to Round 2 of Fly Your Ideas 2015. They’re from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and they’re all attending the Australian International Airshow, Avalon 2015

The Airshow runs until the 1 March, and students from Teams Ivy, AIRS, Aerofloat, Aeroheat and Aeroweave are taking this opportunity to soak up some real inspiration for their ideas at this major event.


The best experience of my life!

The best experience of my life!

23 Feb 2015

Meet Nicole Batarce from Team Condor, Fly Your Ideas 2011 runners up! Here’s her account of progressing through the challenge, and her advice for Round 2 teams.

“Team Condor is from Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Chile. Our idea was an alternative design of speed brake. When an aircraft takes off or lands, a lot of energy is lost. Our ‘Energy Recovery Speed Brake’ sits behind the speed brake, with blades that rotate with the airflow and generate energy“.

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