It’s time to reflect on our favourite moments from the past year.
In 2019, Airbus celebrated 50 years of pioneering progress. We also celebrated the pioneering efforts of students around the world who took part in the 6th edition of Airbus Fly Your Ideas.
At the start of 2019, Round 2 was in full swing, with the 51 teams from 66 universities around the world working hard to impress the Airbus assessors.
In April, just 7 teams were selected to advance to Round 3 – the Final Event. The finalist team members represented 11 countries (Argentina, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Moldavia, Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom) and 8 different universities.
At the same time, a team of digital communications specialists at Airbus selected the ten most creative videos submitted by teams in Round 2 to go through to a public vote, with tech prizes for the team with the most popular video. A total of 18,000 votes were cast and Team Pandawacakra from Banding Institute of Technology, Indonesia, came out on top with more than 8,000 votes.
In June, the Fly Your Ideas finalists met together for the first time at Airbus HQ in Toulouse, France and spent a few action-packed days developing their prototypes in Airbus’ ProtoSpace facility with support from their Airbus and Academic Mentors assisted by the ProtoSpace technical team.
The ideas presented during the Live Final were exceptional, but there could only be one winner. Team ‘Zero’ Heroes from TU Delft, the Netherlands, impressed the distinguished Jury with their innovative batteryless wireless switch that provides power at your fingertips.
2020 looks bright for the Fly Your Ideas finalists! Since the Live Final, their projects have really taken off – Team Osprey have created their own start-up, while Team ‘Zero’ Heroes were invited to present their project at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ Innovation Fair.
Could your idea be the next big thing? Stay tuned to see where the next edition of Fly Your Ideas could take you!
Happy holidays from the Airbus Fly Your Ideas Team!