A group of 60 Airbus experts and innovators assessed the ideas submitted by 356 teams from 89 countries.
The rigorous evaluation process took place at four different Airbus locations in France, Germany, Spain and the UK, with 50 student teams selected to reach Round Two of the competition, starting in January 2017.
The competition is led by teams registered in the Asia-Pacific region.
The 50 teams comprise 202 students representing 38 different nationalities. With 52% 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.
Innovative ideas from the 50 chosen teams include robotic luggage trolleys, passenger seats which can be boarded outside the aircraft, new solutions for energy harvesting and virtual reality applications.
Each of the teams has 100 days to refine and develop their ideas. 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 visualize their ideas using state-of-the art equipment with personalized guidance from Airbus.
The winning team will receive a €30,000 prize (~$31,000 USD), the runner up team €15,000 (~$15,500 USD), at a live event in May 2017.
From January 2017, the 50 teams will start developing their ideas and share updates on their progress with photos, sketches and stories posted on www.airbus-fyi.com.