Airbus names 50 student teams to participate in global Fly Your Ideas competition

Airbus has named 50 student teams from among 5,499 students who registered to participate in the fifth annual Fly Your Ideas competition, a student challenge organized in partnership with UNESCO, the company said.

Airbus experts and innovators assessed the ideas submitted by 356 teams from 89 countries and selected student teams to reach round two of the competition, starting in January 2017.

The 50 teams comprise 202 students representing 38 different nationalities. With 52 percent of teams mixing male and female students, two thirds of all teams are diverse in some way, for example with members coming from different countries or studying different subjects.

Ideas from the 50 chosen teams include robotic luggage trolleys, passenger seats, which can be boarded outside the aircraft, energy harvesting solutions and virtual reality applications.

The top five teams to make it through to round three will spend a week at the ProtoSpace based at the Airbus HQ in Toulouse to prototype, test and visualise their ideas using equipment with personalised guidance from Airbus. The winning team will receive a EUR30,000 prize, the runner up team EUR15,000.