From 2 to 3 March 2021, JA Europe organised with Boeing the first Digital Innovation Camp with the aim of stimulating curiosity and interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). This initiative aimed to promote innovation and digital skills by offering students the opportunity to find creative solutions in the aviation sector.
A total of 45 young people from Belgium, Luxembourg (4 Luxembourg teams) and the Netherlands were selected to participate in the Digital Innovation Camp. Their challenge was to use a combination of STEM skills and entrepreneurship to develop an innovative product or service that will improve the “customer journey” of the air traveller in 2021. Over two days, the 9 teams of talented young people worked online with Boeing mentors and presented their solutions to a jury.
Two Luxembourg teams on the podium
AirHeads Lux, made up of 5 young people from the International School of Luxembourg, won first place at this Innovation Camp digital. Felix Fisher, Sijie Ma, Ziqiao Luo, Alexandre Bahn and Charlotte Kramer impressed the jury with their proposal to transform the passenger experience by modifying the interior design of the aircraft to offer more storage space in front of each seat. In addition, AirHeads Lux proposed that delivery robots be installed on board, which would allow better management of aisle traffic. These robots would be available throughout the flight to reduce the workload of the stewards.
The Lux Aviators team of the European School Luxembourg 1 came second. The team consisted of Luca Mulder, Justus Müller, Lucas Volmich, Alexandre Decker and Ignacy Ribacky. A Belgian team, The Big Boeing Theory, came third. In addition, 2 more Luxembourg teams from the Lycée de Garçons Luxembourg and the Lycée Français Vauban also participated in the competition.
Salvatore Nigro, CEO JA Europe, said that “entrepreneurship is a great way to put STEM sills into practice. The Online Innovation Camp in partnership with Boeing has allowed us to show to even more young people the benefits of STEM education and the prospects of a STEM-related career, particularly in the aviation sector. I trust many of the innovations presented over the last couple days will go on to become successful products, services and companies.”
“All JA Europe teams showed true original thinking during the design challenge, and it was difficult to choose an overall winner. I hope the students take this experience forward to help them pursue their passions and career paths. Just like Boeing engineers, the teams drew on a combination of creative and technical attributes to find solutions, which are the skills Boeing looks for in tomorrow’s innovators“, said Dan Abraham, Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing Europe, Israel, and Morocco at Boeing.