Bristol uni teams in running for global Airbus contest
THREE teams from Bristol University have made it through to the second round of a contest being run by Airbus.
Some 100 teams, of which seven are UK teams, have been selected for the second round in the global Fly Your Ideas contest.
Airbus has selected the 100 student teams from across five continents who will continue in the 2013 Fly Your Ideas challenge.
The UK teams are at Cranfield University, Imperial College London, University of Birmingham, University of Manchester, and three teams from the University of Bristol.
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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 April 12 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.
Charles Champion, Airbus executive vice president for engineering and patron of Fly Your Ideas, said: "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 per cent of global trade.
"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 June 12.
The awards ceremony will take place in Paris on June 13 at the UNESCO headquarters.
At stake, are the first prize of 30,000 Euros 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 Euros.