Airbus names finalists for “Fly Your Ideas 2017” student competition

  • New technologies and business models to shape the future of aviation
  • Five teams compete for the crown of most innovative and a €30,000 prize

Airbus has shortlisted the five finalist student teams competing in the fifth edition of the Fly Your Ideas challenge. The radical concepts selected cover a wide range of innovations going from an alternative to satellite imagery, to improved aircraft taxiing, clever ways of boarding, new areas for luggage storage or offering a new business model using existing Airbus aircraft.

Representing nine different nationalities and eight universities across Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific, the five finalist teams embody true diversity, which is a key driver of innovation and performance. The students, competing for a €30,000 prize, also demonstrate a wide variety of disciplines from Natural Sciences to Engineering and Business.

Their inventive ideas were selected from over 350 entries in Airbus’ biennial global student competition, run in partnership with UNESCO. Students’ ideas had to answer one of five challenges identified by Airbus to provide sustainable future solutions. The innovations proposed by the five finalist teams look at alternative business models, passengers’ experience and flight operations.

The five finalist teams

The five finalist teams – from Australia, France, Hong Kong, Nigeria and the UK – will soon travel to Toulouse, France, where they will spend a week at the Airbus ProtoSpace facility to prototype, test and visualise their ideas using state-of-the-art equipment with personal guidance from Airbus. At the end of their week at Airbus, the students will present their innovative projects and the newly developed prototype in front of Airbus experts and personalities from the aerospace and academic world.

The winning team will receive a €30,000 prize with the runner-up team receiving €15,000 at a live event taking place on 17th May in Toulouse.

Airbus launched Fly Your Ideas in 2008 with the aim of engaging with universities and students worldwide and from all backgrounds to: stimulate innovative ideas for a sustainable aviation industry and identify opportunities for R&T development and/or interaction with academic research teams. The challenge received UNESCO patronage in 2012 with a renewed partnership in 2014 and 2016.

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Notes to Editors
Key figures Fly Your Ideas 2017:
Number of ideas submitted: 356

  • Number of countries involved: 89 (85 different nationalities)
  • Number of universities involved: 348
  • Top 5 countries: India – 64 teams, China & HK – 44 teams, Spain – 29 teams, Indonesia – 24 teams, UK – 20 teams
  • Gender mix: 51% of teams are mixed gender

Finalist universities involved

  • The University of Hong Kong
  • Obafemi Awolowo University
  • Bells University of Technology
  • University of Surrey
  • Institut d'Administration des Entreprises - IAE Toulouse
  • ISAE - Institut supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace
  • ENAC - Ecole nationale de l'Aviation civile
  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Fly Your Ideas competition – since the 2008 launch:

  •  5 competitions in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  • Partnership with UNESCO since 2012
  • More than 100 countries represented
  • Over 650 universities supporting
  • More than 20,000 students registered
  • Over 400 Airbus staff involved
  • 1,900+ ideas submitted