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Challenging students to transform the world of aerospace

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 20,000 students—from over 700 universities in more than 100 countries worldwide—have registered to participate.   


Designed by Airbus in partnership with UNESCO, Fly Your Ideas encourages students worldwide to activate their pioneering spirit and innovate for the future of aerospace. With support from Airbus, teams tackle global challenges by harnessing the latest digital tools and technologies to create a safer, cleaner and better-connected world.

How it works

Fly Your Ideas involves a series of competitive rounds:  

·         Round 1: Ideation

·         Round 2: Idea development and mentoring 

·         Round 3: Live final

Up to six finalist teams are selected to progress to Round 3, during which they develop and prototype their projects, then present them to an expert jury at the live final. The winning team receives a prize fund worth €45,000.

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Fly Your Ideas invites students worldwide to submit proposals to tackle genuine aerospace challenges. For the 2019 Fly Your Ideas competition, students were invited to submit proposals in the following areas:

  • Electrification: How can we fly farther, longer and cleaner by developing embedded electrical energy systems?
  • Data services: What innovative applications and services can you create based on Airbus data?
  • Cyber security: How can we securely and seamlessly authenticate travellers while minimising the impact on passengers, airport security and airlines?
  • Internet of Things: How can this revolutionise the passenger experience or improve collaboration in the aerospace industry?
  • Artificial Intelligence: In the future of aerospace or industrial manufacturing, how can we use AI to identify opportunities or entirely new business models?
  • Mixed Reality: How can the aerospace industry put Apple and Google’s mass market Mixed Reality apps to work?


Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2019 competition


Airbus experts selected seven teams for the 2019 final of the competition following a three-month development phase that included support from the company’s mentors. The finalist team members represent 11 countries, eight different universities and were selected from over 270 entries worldwide – with their concepts representing a range of trendsetting topics from a “Smart Wheelchair” for air travel to a solar windmill.

In June, the teams will travel to Toulouse, France to work in Airbus' innovation and research and development facilities to further grow and prototype their ideas using state-of-the-art equipment with support from Airbus. On 27 June, the students will present their projects in front of Airbus experts and personalities from the aerospace industry and academic world for selection of winning teams – live-streamed to a global audience.

  • See Airbus’ press release announcing the seven finalist teams in the 2019 Fly Your Ideas competition.
Learn more about Fly Your Ideas

Learn more about Fly Your Ideas

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