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02/07/2011 10:24 AM

Good luck team "Dream Time"!

Team Dream Time

A team of four BTH students has advanced to the semi-final round of the "Airbus Fly Your Ideas" challenge. The team is one of 84 teams to advance out of 315 first-round entries. The competition is to help the airline industry to work toward a more sustainable future by developing new and innovative ideas relating to eco-efficiency in the industry, and it is open to university students around the world in any area of study.

The BTH team -- with the team name "Dream Time" -- is made of three students from the new master's programme in Sustainable Product-Service Innovation (MSPI) and one Ph.D. student working with sustainable product innovation. The team includes Mark Simmons (Canada), Yurie Makihara (Japan), Shahryar Eivazzadeh Kaliahi (Iran), and Tony Thompson (PhD student, USA). They attribute their success to the creativity that comes from interacting with different cultures. "The international aspect of our team - studying together here in Sweden - gives us a lot of creativity" says Tony, the team spokesperson. "Since our studies and research are combining sustainability and innovation, this challenge is a great opportunity for us to show what we are learning, and how sustainability thinking can be used to drive innovation in companies. We can't say anything about our idea now."

"I think this is a good way for BTH students to get a feel for the real challenges companies face and also get their feet wet in using their skills for real projects with real companies facing sustainability challenges" says the team's adviser, Professor Tobias Larsson.

The team will now work on developing their idea and then will submit a written report and a short video by mid-April. From the 84 teams, five teams will advance to the final round where they will present their ideas in person to a panel of Airbus judges. Good luck Dream Time!

Read more about the Airbus FYI Challenge here (opens in new window) 

Read more about the MSPI programme at BTH here


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