THE COMPETITION

Airbus Fly Your Ideas is a global competition, designed by Airbus in partnership with UNESCO, which challenges students worldwide to innovate for the future of aerospace.

This is a fast-moving and exciting time for aerospace and Fly Your Ideas is a unique opportunity for students worldwide to activate their pioneering spirit and innovate for the future. With support from Airbus employees from across the company, the 2019 finalists were encouraged to think big, be bold and help transform the world of aerospace.

The 2019 competition focused on using the latest digital technologies to create smart solutions for a safer, cleaner and better-connected world.

Since 2008, over 22,000 students have registered for Fly Your Ideas from over 700 universities and 100 countries worldwide, with more than 500 Airbus employees volunteering their time to support the competition.

The 2019 edition involved three progressively competitive and challenging rounds concluding with a live final. In June 2019, an unprecedented seven finalist teams presented their ideas to a Jury of Airbus and industry experts for a chance to win a share of the €45,000 prize fund and to take their idea forward within the industry.

Team ‘Zero Heroes’ from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, were selected as the winners for their smart batteryless wireless switches for aircraft systems that provide power at your fingertips. The runner up was Team AirFish from the University of Cambridge, UK, who impressed with their idea of an ocean monitoring system using satellite imagery and video imaging technology.