Fly Your Ideas is a biennial competition that offers students from around the world the opportunity to apply their classroom learning and research to solving real-world challenges. Since 2008, more than 22,000 students – from over 700 universities in more than 100 countries worldwide – have registered to participate.
For the Fly Your Ideas 2019 competition, Team “Zero” Heroes from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands was selected as the winner. This team’s concept involved smart battery-free wireless switches for aircraft systems that provide power-at-the-fingertips.
The runner-up was team AirFish from the University of Cambridge in the UK, proposing the idea of an ocean monitoring system that uses satellite imagery and video imaging technology to help combat illegal fishing, reduce bycatch of endangered species and decrease damages to the marine habitat.
The seven finalist teams in the 2019 challenge spent a week in Toulouse, France, prototyping their ideas in Airbus' cutting-edge Innovation and R&D facilities with support from company mentors and experts, using state-of-the-art equipment. On 27 June, the competitors presented their projects to a panel of Airbus aerospace and academic experts, as well as a global live-stream audience.