The Airbus "Fly Your Ideas" student challenge has generated a truly global response since its unveiling one month ago, with teams from more than 60 countries now registered for the competition to help shape the future of aviation and deliver a further reduction in the industry's environmental impact.
Since the challenge's formal launch on 14 October, more than 900 students have registered from universities around the world. Students in India and China have signed up in the greatest numbers, with the UK, Singapore, Malaysia, France and South Africa so far providing the next largest volume of entrants. Students in Afghanistan, Nigeria, Cyprus, Sri Lanka and the Caribbean also have joined, ensuring that nearly every continent is represented in this truly global competition.
The challenge is open to college and university students who are studying a Bachelors, Masters or PhD-level degree in any academic discipline. Airbus is offering a first place prize of 30,000 euros to the team whose ideas demonstrate the greatest short or long term potential of reducing the air transport sector's impact on the environment.
Proposed projects do not have to be technical in nature or scope, and could include ideas such as new materials, systems and alternative energy, aircraft design concepts, operational performance, manufacturing and assembly, or business performance.
The challenge is structured for student teams of three to five people, although larger groups may be accepted as an exception where such teams already are working on a project as a formal part of their studies.
The competition's three-round process begins with its initial registration phase, completion of an on-line quiz and the submittal of a Round 1 project proposal detailing the team's project objectives, outline and methodology. In the second round, up to 100 teams will be selected to further develop their projects and prepare a project submission accompanied by a short video presentation. Five finalist teams will then be chosen to develop their project presentations for a live final in Paris in June 2009. The winning teams will be judged by a panel of Airbus representatives, industry leaders and eco-efficiency experts, and will be awarded their prizes during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport on 19 June.
Registration for the challenge closed on 1 December 2008. For more information on "Fly Your Ideas," and to follow this innovative competition, see the challenge's dedicated website: www.airbus-fyi.com