Airbus Fly Your Ideas Challenge 2011

Airbus is inviting teams of students from around the world to participate in the Fly Your Ideas Challenge, a contest that challenges students to develop new ideas to deliver a greener aviation industry.

The competition involves 3 progressively challenging rounds, starting in September 2010. Five teams will be selected to present their ideas to a panel of experts in June 2011 during the Paris Le Bourget Airshow, for a chance to win €30,000 and a VIP trip to Airbus.

Fly Your Ideas was first launched in 2008. The first contest attracted more than 2350 students (225 teams) from 82 countries. 86 teams went on to Round 2 of the competition, and 5 were chosen for the final. More information about the projects and finalists from FYI 2009, as well as details of the current theme, can be found at www.airbus-fyi.com.

Who Can Participate in the Airbus Fly Your Ideas Challenge?

University students from around the world studying:

  • Foundation, Bachelors, Masters, MBA or PhD level degrees
  • Any academic subject
  • Full-time or part-time students (as long as they are not working at Airbus)

– Students should form a team of 3 to 5 people and must be supported by one member of academic staff.
– Teams can be made of students from the same institution or from institutions miles apart – even in different countries!
– Students can create their own team, or go to the Airbus FYI 2010 page on Facebook to meet other students who want to join the competition and could form a team together.
– The competition is not just about engineering; participants are encouraged to think about the overall Environmental Life-Cycle; from design, supply chain and manufacturing to aircraft operation and product end-of-life. More information on the theme can be found on the competition website.

For more information, download the FYI Introduction (ppt 886kb).

Why should students, and professors, get involved?

In addition to a VIP trip to visit Airbus, an invitation to the Paris Le Bourget Air show and the chance to present to a panel of experts at the final, Airbus is offering:

Prizes

  • First Team Prize €30,000
  • Runner-up Team Prize €15,000

All participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about Airbus, the aviation sector and eco-efficiency.
  • Network and engage directly with Airbus Mentors – one member of staff assigned to support each team during round 2 of the challenge.
  • Acquire and develop essential skills, such as planning, presentation skills, team work and communication.
  • Projects will be evaluated by industry experts and all teams will be given feedback on their ideas.

Fly Your Ideas 2011 – Key Dates

Teams should register in full by 30 November 2010 at www.airbus-fyi.com.

  • Round 1 takes place from 1 September to 10 December 2010
  • Round 2 takes place from 17 January to 15 April 2011
  • Round 3 takes place from 16 May to 17 June 2011
  • The final presentation and awards ceremony will be held during the Paris Le Bourget Airshow, in June 2011.

Why did Airbus launch FYI?

The FYI challenge underpins our commitment at Airbus to investing in the future of aviation and its sustainability as a green industry. It was launched to:

  • Engage with universities and students worldwide and from all backgrounds
  • Stimulate innovative ideas for a greener aviation industry
  • Identify potential opportunities for R&T development &/or interaction with academic research teams

NB: Airbus FYI was launched to stimulate ideas and exchange between Airbus and the global student and academic community; it is not part of the company's recruitment process or a vehicle to recruitment at Airbus.

How can you/your students get involved?

For more information about the competition and the role for academic staff, please contact us at uni@airbus-fyi.com or refer to the competition website.

For further information, visit the Airbus Fly Your Ideas Challenge website or email uni@airbus-fyi.com.