Airbus Airnovation Summer Academy offers students the opportunity to innovate in diverse teams to tackle a global challenge, harnessing emerging digital technologies and developing professional skills valuable in this exciting industry.
The 2018 edition runs from Sunday 1 to Friday 6 July and is hosted by Cranfield University, UK.
The Airbus Airnovation Summer Academy is a unique student experience based on the principles and methods of a business concept accelerator, and a microcosm of Airbus itself. Just as the company forms diverse, multidisciplinary teams to create value for our customers and society overall, diverse student teams will develop business proposals to address a major global challenge in an intense, agile and dynamic way.
Taking inspiration from Airbus business pioneers as well as from current Airbus experts in engineering and digital technologies, students will apply state of the art innovation methods to develop their proposals. Each team will benefit from the guidance of specialized Airbus innovation and intrapreneurship coaches throughout the week which will culminate in a pitching session to a distinguished jury.
The Academy is where future aerospace professionals will learn how to keep aerospace relevant to society, transforming and reinventing the industry from the inside. They will discover their strengths, create new competences and see for themselves how they can leverage the rich assets of a global giant such as Airbus to positively impact billions of people around the globe.
“Joining the Airbus Airnovation Summer Academy is a once in a lifetime experience." – 2018 Airnovator
The week-long event was filled with stimulating talks; numerous exchanges between Airnovation Faculty and students; and intense learning, concept development and pitch preparation using techniques such as Design Thinking and the Business Model Canvas.
On the last day, 48 students from 20 countries in 6 multidisciplinary teams pitched their proposals for game changing concepts linked to the global need for food and water security to an expert Jury. The team with the winning proposal was NAVgreen and the team winning the audience vote for the quality of their pitch was team reWATER.
The final pitches and award ceremony are available to watch on the Videos section of the Airbus Careers Facebook page:
You can find all our live coverage of the 2018 edition on social media using #Airnovation2018
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The 2018 Academy mentors
Dr Sue Black OBE
Technology Evangelist, Keynote Speaker, Author and Entrepreneur
Recently named in the list of top 50 women in tech in Europe and nominated as the 119th most influential woman in the world, Sue is one of the leading tech personalities in the UK today. An award-winning computer scientist, radical thinker, social entrepreneur and public speaker Sue is well known for founding the high-profile campaign to save Bletchley Park, much of which was realised through her use of social media, capitalising upon technology as a fitting continuation of Bletchley’s technological legacy. Sue’s book about the campaign Saving Bletchley Park, was one of the fastest crowdfunded books in history taking less than five days to be funded. It is on sale now.
Sue is a passionate advocate for women in tech and has spent the last 20 years campaigning for more recognition and support for women in computing. This led to her founding BCSWomen, the UK’s first online network for women in tech, and #techmums, a social enterprise which empowers mums and their families through technology. Sue recently appeared in the BBC Three documentary Girls Can Code, encouraging and mentoring young women into the tech industry.
Sue is also an academic with 20+ years’ experience with more than 40 publications and a PhD in software engineering to her name.
In 2017, Sue received the Social Impact ABIE Award at The Grace Hopper Celebration in recognition of the positive impact her work is having on women, technology and society.
She was made an OBE in the New Year Honours list 2016 which was presented by HRH Prince Charles on May 20th 2016, and sits on the Government’s new advisory board for improving digital services.
Sue has spoken at many events worldwide, including after dinner talks for the United Nations in New York and Geneva, Google London, various banks, consulates and embassies, as well as to corporate leadership teams, geeks, mums, students and even on a soapbox on the South Bank of the Thames for Soapbox Science.
CTO Space CyberSecurity, Airbus Defence and Space
Patrick (Paddy) Francis is currently the CTO for the Space CyberSecurity business within Airbus Defence and Space, where he is responsible for overseeing innovation and R&T, as well as helping co-ordinate R&D, introducing new innovations and developing the technology strategy for the CyberSecurity across the three development centres in the UK, France and Germany.
Paddy joined the company in 1978 after graduating with an honours degree in Electronic Engineering and moved into system security in 1979. As the company evolved, Paddy has held various positions as a technical lead in the field of system and product security, crypto and key management, communications system design and network security and more recently cyber security, including experience in incident response, which has resulted in a number of new innovations and patents. He has thirty years plus experience in communications and security, working with NATO and several national security authorities and security and standardisation working groups. In his current and previous roles, he has been involved in research and technology strategy and management in the field of security for over 12 years.
Dr Joerg P. Mueller
Project Executive, Business Strategy, Airbus
Joerg works as a Project Executive in the Business Strategy department of Airbus, where he also initiated the central Urban Air Mobility project. Before joining Strategy, he worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and as an engineer in Airbus’ Flight Physics. Joerg holds a PhD for his research in tiltrotors aeromechanics and he did his Aerospace Engineering studies at the University of Stuttgart, at CALTECH in Pasadena, and at UPS / ISAE-SUPAERO in Toulouse.
HO Business Development & Partnerships, NAVBLUE
Hadrien is the Head of Business Development & Partnerships for NAVBLUE, a 100% Airbus company providing Flight Operations and Air Traffic Management digital solutions. In this position, Hadrien works in the Strategy & Innovation Office and leads a team responsible to define new business models, to set-up strategic partnerships and to lead the NAVBLUE Early Adopter Program.
Hadrien has developed a strong experience in Airbus customer services for the last 13 years in various positions. Customer service positions allowed him to be in contact with customers on a daily basis, to increase their satisfaction and be the voice of the customers internally to improve products and services. Hadrien initially started his career in the Maintenance & Engineering domain by leading a Direct Maintenance Costs and Aircraft Reliability benchmarking programme.
After getting a strong technical background on the aircraft, their operation and cost impact, Hadrien moved into Airbus services marketing as an Aircraft Modification Marketing Manager. In this role, he was responsible for the strategic and operational marketing for the system, cabin and structure modifications. This position allowed him to gain great insights through connecting the technical aspects to customer benefits and delivering the highest value to them. Airbus service portfolio is very large beyond the aircraft modifications, including Flight Hours Services, Material Management, in addition to Digital Solutions and Training which requires coordinated actions towards the customers. In this context, Hadrien, took the lead of the operational and customer marketing for “Services by Airbus”. In this position, Hadrien harmonised and standardised the marketing practices across services Business Lines while developing the customer marketing roles to coordinate marketing actions across “Services by Airbus” towards strategic customers. Hadrien graduated from ESTACA, an Aeronautical Engineering School, based in Paris. He also holds an MBA, from Toulouse Business School.
OneWeb Return of Experience Manager, Airbus Defence & Space
Philippe has more than 32 years’ experience in the space industry. He started his career in the EEE field then switched to equipment definition and procurement for various satellite products and projects. Becoming Supply Chain Project Leader gave him the opportunity to work on various complex new development programmes from early phase up to operational phase. He has been involved in the OneWeb Constellation project since the early days, mainly for supply chain management. Today he is in charge of the OW return of experience for Airbus Defence & Space Core business.
Over the weeklong programme, students will be introduced to the same ‘design sprint’ methodology used within Airbus to create potential new businesses to address a specific social challenge. Teams will learn how to develop a value proposition then use design thinking and value system mapping to develop a viable concept and finally prototype and pitch their business model.
Intense teamwork will be interspersed with an energising series of livestreamed, interactive talks from the Airbus pioneers behind Nav Blue, Urban Air Mobility and OneWeb Satellites, plus a trip to the ‘birthplace of digital problem solving’, the famous Bletchley Park codebreaker facility. The final team pitches to a VIP Jury will also be livestreamed, and Airnovation supporters from around the world are warmly encouraged to interact with the teams as they present their work and celebrate the culmination of a week of steep learning, networking and Airnovation.
Day to day
Welcome to the 2018 Academy!
Airnovators will meet for the first time, and enjoy the chance to network with Airbus experts, mentors and coaches at an evening barbecue.
This global group includes current and future leaders in the dynamic aerospace industry, who all share a passion for harnessing digital aerospace technology to address significant global issues.
Airnovators will meet faculty members from Cranfield and a morning session will follow on the innovation methods that will power their collaborative teamwork during the week.
The 2018 challenge will be presented by 3 exciting speakers who will inspire the teams, brainstorm and help them to put their new design thinking into action.
Join us for the Livestreamed talk on Airbus’ One Web microsatellites project by Philippe Galland – OneWeb Rex Manager at Airbus.
Airnovators will be taking a trip to Bletchley Park to will find out about the origins of computing. Another briefing session, this time on how to move from a concept to super rapid prototyping. Then the Airnovators will have time to work in their teams to see how this applies to their emerging ideas. Join us for the livestreamed talk on Airbus NAVBLUE by Hadrien Chardet-Vergne – Head of Business Development and Partnerships, NAVBLUE
To find out more about this digital service in navigation, routine planning & efficient flying. NAVBLUE offers a key example of a digital services company with its core and origin in Airbus’ main business.
Focus session on concept elaboration and Value System Mapping to help shaping an idea.
What Airnovators will discover today? As their ideas will move forward, they will continue to interact with Airbus experts, faculty coaches and mentors to get first-hand insights into high impact projects realization.
A livestreamed talk will follow on the future of the aerospace industry. Question time to an Airbus Careers Panel will then close the day’s activities.
Learning session with a special focus on prototyping and pitching.
Final project teams working based on knowledge acquired and networking with faculty visitors.
Last call for the teams to make the most of Airbus expertise and strengthen their connections: welcome the Airnovation Class of 2018!
Final pitch time from our teams!
Join us for the livestreamed presentations from the students and get the chance to ask your own questions and interact with the VIP Jury via our Airbus Careers Facebook page!
Teams will also present their work in a market place, and explain their concept to supporters and fellow Airnovators.
The final Ceremony Award will be livestreamed to reveal the winner of the Airnovation Summer Academy 2018.
Cranfield is creating leaders in technology and management
Cranfield University, a founder member of the AGUPP University network is proud to host the 2018 Airbus Airnovation Summer Academy, and looks forward to welcoming the Airnovators to their truly unique learning environment. The only dedicated postgraduate University in the UK, Cranfield’s world-class programs, unrivalled facilities, close links with business, industry and governments and an international outlook, all combined to attract students and teaching staff from around the globe.
Their masters and research degrees are informed by industry and focus on the specialist themes of aerospace, defence and security, energy and power, environment and agrifood, manufacturing, transport systems, and water. Cranfield’s School of Management is globally recognized for its excellence in leadership development and real-world focus.
The Future of Aerospace
We are at the cusp of a third revolution in flight. That’s why at Airbus, we are laser focused on specific research and development areas that are going to be the key drivers in shaping the future of aerospace and improving the way we live, travel, and interact.
Through our global innovation centres, venture capital fund, and aerospace accelerators, we collaborate with the brightest minds to tackle big problems with novel insights to make the world a more connected, prosperous, and safer place.
By funding and supporting start-ups and SMEs, we contribute to accelerating innovation in aerospace. Innovation happens when great ideas, people, and challenges intersect. At Airbus, we make these intersections happen. The result: breakthrough innovations that positively impact the world and ignite excitement and passion for aerospace.
The first edition of the Airbus Airnovation Summer Academy took place from 3-8 July 2016 at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands, and was launched in partnership with Airbus Corporate Innovations and Airbus Employment Marketing.