Airbus Selects Students with Most Innovative Ideas to Shape the Future of Flight

Airbus has selected 100 student teams from across five continents who will continue in the 2013 Fly Your Ideas challenge. Among these there are two teams from the Unites States. The US teams are at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Georgia Institute of Technology.

At this stage of the competition, Airbus has identified the most innovative ideas from over 600 teams who entered this third edition of the UNESCO-backed competition. The Fly Your Ideas contest challenges students worldwide to develop ideas for a more sustainable aviation industry. The number of participants has doubled compared to the previous contest.

The teams now have until 12th April 2013 to explore, test and develop their concepts. While the idea remains in the hands of the students, an Airbus mentor and expert have been assigned to each team to support, inspire and challenge the competitors.

“Fly Your Ideas offers a unique opportunity for the students involved to gain valuable insight into this cutting-edge industry which today supports over 56 million jobs and 35% of global trade,” explained Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering and Patron of Fly Your Ideas. “I am delighted to see the enthusiasm of the teams and our Airbus experts who are committed to sharing their know-how with these students from around the world who are the innovators of the future.”

The students are battling it out to be one of the five final teams to present their idea to a panel of Airbus and industry experts at Airbus in Hamburg, Germany on 12th June 2013. The Awards Ceremony will take place in Paris on 13th June 2013 at the UNESCO headquarters. At stake, are the first prize of €30,000 and the chance for the winning team to host an 'innovation week' on campus run by Airbus experts. The runner up team wins €15,000.

Find out more and follow the activity of each team on the links above or at