Welcome to the 2018 Airnovators of Cranfield University
48 top students, from 20 countries, representing 24 Airbus partner universities, reunited for a week.
The aim? To produce game changing concepts and business proposals linked to global need for food and water security. How? Working in diverse and multicultural teams; harnessing emerging digital technologies with the support of dedicated Airnovation faculty.
The Airbus Airnovation Summer Academy stood from 1st to 6th July 2018 at the UK’s Cranfield University. It brought together students from multidisciplinary backgrounds for an intense one week program based on the principles and methods of a business accelerator. Each day focused on a different competence; from innovation methods to CyberSecurity as well as entrepreneurship.
Students travelled “back to the future” with Sue Black – Technology Evangelist, Keynote Speaker, Author and Entrepreneur – and Patrick Francis – CTO Space CyberSecurity at Airbus.
“You can’t protect what you don’t understand. If you want to protect a network, you need to understand networks.” said Patrick Francis. They both guided the Airnovators through the fantastic historical context of Bletchley Park and offered them an inspiring livestreamed panel that stirred many brilliant questions from online and offline audiences. From concepts to prototypes Airnovators are working hard to shape the future of technology in space and time. Friday, the final Ceremony Award will reveal the winner of the 2018 Airnovation Summer Academy.
Stay tuned to discover and learn more about this year’s Airnovation Award winners!
Where are they now : ActInSpace alumni aim high
Since the 2016 edition of the Airbus-sponsored ActInSpace challenge, 15 start-ups have been launched which use space-acquired data to solve real-life issues. Three of those start-ups tell their innovation story.
It was a moment where creativity, technology and society came together. At the 2016 ActInSpace, Julien Lengrand-Lambert’s team was looking for an idea that was economically sustainable, highly automated and would benefit someone else.
“Greece was making headlines because of the debt crisis. It was also a very warm day. That’s where the idea came from,” Lengrand-Lambert explains. His team decided to use satellite imagery to detect illegal swimming pools in Greece. From this first solution, the company Skyai – which helps businesses enact smarter environmental policies through geospatial analysis of satellite imagery – was born.
ELLE ACTIVE lands in Toulouse
After Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Bordeaux, the ELLE ACTIVE forum was held in Toulouse!
More than 70 experts were present at Toulouse City Hall on the theme "reinventing oneself at work". We were fortunate to welcome 130 women from Airbus Commercial and Airbus Defense and Space. They were able to participate in a diversity of workshops, one-on-ones and debates to learn how to reinvent themselves at work.
We also had the opportunity to hear inspiring testimonials, such as that of Marc JOUENNE HR Director of Airbus Commercial Aircraft, who spoke about gender diversity.
Fly Your Ideas: a launchpad for innovative ideas and a toolkit for innovators
Innovation is at the heart of Airbus’ story – from the first twin-engine wide body aircraft to urban air mobility vehicles and electrically propelled telecom satellites. Over 5 editions of Fly Your Ideas to date, the next generation of student innovators have seized the opportunity to work alongside and innovate with our experts for the future of aeronautics. But taking part in the competition – and striving for a place on the final podium – is just the beginning. Whether it’s back in the classroom, working for a start-up, an industry leader or setting up their own companies, former Fly Your Ideas participants are putting their skills and experience to use.
For some, the process of innovating and designing for the competition was just the first step in the process of creating a market-ready product. Back in 2015, Team ReTrolley made it to the final with their idea for a cabin-compliant service trolley that facilitated recycling. Team member Lucas explains that, “The Retrolley project has really changed my life after the competition, because the idea had a chance to finally go to the market with Airbus support. Now I help other companies innovate in their business using design.” For 2015’s Team Grossomodo, Fly Your Ideas was an important milestone for another reason, as member Mario tells us. “We published the results in two papers, building credibility with the scientific community. This motivated us to continue developing our idea and we are now testing the feasibility of our approach on real working scenarios.”
For other Fly Your Ideas alumni, the long hours and hard work that goes into developing a great idea led to fruitful professional partnerships. Team 03’s Gowri tells us that, following the 2011 competition, he and teammate Avarvind set up a social enterprise together, which won the Indian ‘Best App for Social Good’ award in 2014. Michael from 2009’s Team Coz reflects on how his team’s idea for plant-based high performance composite materials for aircraft cabin components inspired his next venture. “We are pursuing concepts related to the idea – for example, we are working with a company on the development of a truly bio-degradable coffee cup. I have also co-founded a company which is active in the agri-material sector and is listed on the Australian stock exchange.”
Getting a real understanding of how innovation works in a large global company like Airbus is undoubtedly valuable for Fly Your Ideas participants. Anil from 2017’s Team Aquarius emphasises how important this was. “Visiting Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse gave me exposure to how large aircraft manufacturers operate. And more importantly, how industry innovates to incept an idea. Coming from a research background, the experience really helped me refine my perspective of research and aircraft design.” Geoffrey from 2009 Team Stanford ADG, now Chief Engineer for Airbus’ Vahana project says that the learning never stops; “Continuous learning is also vitally important, especially for Vahana, where we are incorporating non-traditional aerospace technologies like electric propulsion and machine learning.”
Will Fly Your Ideas deepen your interest in a specific area, unlock new ideas or provide a launchpad for your own start-up? If you’re excited about innovation and contributing to the future of aeronautics, then stay tuned for the next Fly Your Ideas challenge.
Recruited over a year ago in cyber security – how is Marie doing now?
Meet Marie Mion, a former intern turned cyber security integrator. Recruited more than a year ago, she is now in charge of setting up infrastructures, defining strategies of supervision and implementing them into different security products like SIEM, IDS or Hypervisor.
These infrastructures are used in the SOC (Security Operations Centre), where potential threats and attacks are overseen in order to keep the client’s information system safe. Besides working at Airbus CyberSecurity, Marie also teaches at her former school and educates students about the SOC environment, security supervision and the Defence sector.
“At the beginning, I was not sure what company to intern for, but at the end of the day, Airbus had projects that really appealed to me. I was given the opportunity to work in many different contexts and with a range of clients. We see a lot of things, share all sorts of ideas but we’re not stuck in the same routine. This is what I think makes you stay.”
Her tutor was a real mentor, key to her success and career progression: “I had a Jedi Master who helped me get a foot on the ladder; taught me what I was supposed to do and how I was supposed to do it. I was able to learn and progress significantly thanks to my team. Now I am the one who assists the newcomers.”
It isn’t about work all the time, fun is also part of the equation : “What I love is that we take the time to go out too. We go out to the movies, play laser tag, or grab a bite to eat. The atmosphere is really friendly."
Inspiring students through workshops at recent ILA Berlin
Airbus inspired students from across Europe at the recent workshops at the 2018 ILA Berlin
Nadine Krawietz has fond memories of past ILA Berlins. “I came as an engineering student and was fascinated by what I saw. There were so many interesting things to see and learn,” says the Business Innovation manager at Airbus. “Now, it’s great to come back here and inspire the next generation.”
Nadine was at ILA to hold a discussion on urban air mobility. Students from the Hamburg University of Technology, the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, the Technical University of Munich and the University of Stuttgart took part to learn more and present their own vision of flight in 2050 and beyond. “Fresh ideas come from fresh minds – it’s been exciting to see what they come up with,” Nadine says.
Dream come true
The workshop was just one of many that Airbus hosted during the air show. Students from across Europe came throughout the week in connection with the Airbus Global University Partner Programme to learn more about working in the aerospace sector.
In Spain, the Airbus Careers MINDS programme gives students and young graduates the chance to connect with each other while working at Airbus. Participants were invited to ILA to take part in a workshop on diversity and look around the static aircraft display. “It’s very exciting to be here with this great group of people. We’re learning a lot and to have the opportunity to look around aircraft like the H160 and the A380 is a dream come true!” say Estrella Perez and Mireia Terradellas.
Robotics was on the menu for participants in Airbus’ German scholarship programme. Made up of bachelor, masters and PhD students from across the country, the group meets several times a year for a variety of workshops and seminars.
They were at ILA to discover more about the growing field of robotics in aerospace. Daniel Rüter, NC Programmer at Airbus in Hamburg and himself a recent graduate, was there to tell them more. “Robotics is a fascinating subject that is becoming increasingly important for our sector. To come here is a great new opportunity for me: I get to meet other young people who are genuinely interested in my passion.”
Alex Kunde has been involved with the scholarship group for several years. “Events like this are excellent for personal development,” she says, “learning new skills and gaining an insight into how varied and stimulating life at Airbus can be.”
Universität Stuttgart announced new member of AGUPP during ILA Berlin Air Show
The Airbus careers team welcomes you at ILA Berlin 25-29 April
Airbus will be welcoming students, aviation enthusiasts, job hunters and more at this year’s ILA Berlin from 25 to 29 April, 2018. The careers team is preparing for a wide range of events and activities at one of the world’s leading aerospace innovation trade fairs. Stop by the Airbus Careers Stand in hall1, booth 404 and chat with one of our representatives, try on HoloLens, the virtual reality headset, or take part in one of the activities below.
Show us your skills at the Airbus Hackathon
Airbus is shaping the future of aviation and inviting you to be part of it. The company is hosting a Hackathon in the field of aviation. Competitors are given access to unique aviation data and are assisted by our experts in digitalization, aviation and analytics in order to build a prototype, concept or innovative idea in a team environment. The sky is the limit with ideas ranging anywhere from operational performance to societal impact of aviation. Creativity is the objective and everything is game!
Meet the Recruiter!
Airbus will host a Meet the Recruiter day; the company’s recruitment team will be present to meet with you and discuss job opportunities at Airbus. Speak directly with one of our recruiters, receive tips and guidance on your CV, understand the application process and visit the Airbus Pavilion. Spots are available so apply now.
Gaming day with the Airbus League of Legends OOB team
League of Legends professional gaming team Out of the Blue (OOB) will be ready to challenge you at this year’s ILA Berlin on Sunday, 29 April. The Airbus-sponsored team is the first all-women’s team in Europe and competes in professional gaming tournaments around the globe. Show us your gaming savvy and join in at the event. Airbus will provide ten high tech gaming laptops and large display screen to enhance the experience.
Sign up for the event at our careers stand in hall 1, booth 404 during ILA Berlin.
Airbus podium talks
From Friday to Sunday, 27 to 29 April, Airbus welcomes you to one of our podium talks. Some of the top experts in aerospace as well as the company’s human resources representatives will be present to give talks on some of the most pressing issues in the industry today as well as providing useful information on how to turn your passion for aerospace into a career. Learn how to gain a foothold in the world of aeronautics and hear about the industry from the perspective of an insider. Find out more about the discussion topics by visiting our events page.
Visit Airbus at the BDLI Stand
Looking for more information on what it’s like to work at Airbus? Or interested in the industry but not sure on the right training path? At the BDLI stand (German Aerospace Industries Association), Airbus welcomes you from Friday to Sunday, 27-29 April to meet some of its apprentices and dual-study students and chat with them on their experience. Get a glimpse of the world inside airbus with one of our interactive activities:
- Virtual reality game: Experience Airbus products on a whole new level
- 3D printer: Have you ever seen how 3D aircraft parts are printed? Visit the stand and receive a 3D-printed mini version of the plane of the future.
- DIY keyring: Learn how to rivet a keyring with one of the Airbus riveting machines
- Photobooth: Take a picture at our photo booth and make the airshow unforgettable. You can print the picture or even share with your friends on social media.
MINDS: From classroom to shop floor
The Airbus Careers MINDS programme gives students the opportunity to experience working at the Airbus Getafe plant in Spain. They can participate in working on the elements manufactured there (A320, A330, A380 and A350). For operators and managers of Getafe this is an opportunity to show what they do and to highlight the importance of teamwork, commitment and process control – for the students, it’s a great experience and preparation!
Young Leader Forum – What if you could shape the future?
Airbus wants to find tomorrow’s leaders! How? The Young Leader Forum is a three-day initiative to bring all those together who actively want to innovate our technology and business. Participants from different backgrounds will have the opportunity to exchange best practices and insights, work on business projects in teams and in the end, hold a presentation in front of a top management panel. Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and Augmented Humans are just some of the topics we will work on. We’re looking forward to December!More Information on the Young Leader Forum
Airbus at Gamescom
For three days, Airbus participated in Gamescom, a trade fair for video games, that took place in Cologne from August 22nd to August 26th. Visitors could talk to our recruiters, or just enjoy the unique augmented reality experience offered with our Hololens. We had lots of fun, we hope you too!
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Royal visit in Hamburg
On July 21st, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte visited our Airbus site in Hamburg for the final stop of their tour of Germany. At the final assembly line for the A320 aircraft they were informed about innovations in aircraft construction, viewed the H135 and H145 Airbus helicopters and met with apprentices.
Airbus at "Sail for Competence" 2017
Young people from every Airbus home country took part in the Airbus Defence and Space ‚SAIL FOR COMPETENCE‘ experience 2017. The week of saling was full of teamwork, adventures and challenges. It was not just about sailing, but building up our Airbus family. To raise the sails, run the ship and bring us safely back into the harbor, we had to ‘ACT AS ONE!’.
Guinness World Records® at Paris Airshow 2017
With 311 participants, Airbus formed "The largest human image of a two-handed gesture" at the Paris Airshow 2017. We are proud of this great success and want to say a big thank you to all participants!