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Challenge:

United Technologies Aerospace Challenge

This Challenge is

OPEN

United Technologies Aerospace Systems Challenge

Pratt & Whitney Engineer working on the line on a V2500 Engine

Key Dates

Bootcamp Begins

October 11, 2018

Challenge Starts

October 20, 2018

Solutions Due By

December 19, 2018

Winners Announced

February 2019

You Can Help Design the Aircraft of the Future

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), in 2016 there were 3.8 billion air travelers, a number it predicts will increase to 7.2 billion by 2035. To meet this growing demand for air travel Airline Monitor predicts that by 2030 there will be 47,000 commercial aircraft in service – up from 27,000 now. As these rates increase, the airline industry faces a growing need to innovate.

United Technologies challenges young innovators to imagine the “Intelligent Airliner” of the future. The goal of this challenge is to dream up big ideas on a futuristic aircraft that utilizes modern data and digital technology to improve performance, increase efficiency, reduce downtime, and improve the passenger experience. Progress in these areas will improve convenience for passengers, lower costs for airlines and increase safety for everyone.

We invite talented young thinkers (ages 13-18) to participate in this challenge for a chance to win a grand prize of $7,500. The winning team will be invited to travel to New York City (airfare and accommodations included) to attend the Global STEM Alliance Summit in July 2019. They'll also have the opportunity to tour a United Technologies facility and hear from UTC executives about what it’s like to work in the technology and engineering fields. Interested in participating? Sign up now!

The Challenge


In this sixty (60) day innovation challenge, participants ages 13-18 from around the world will have the opportunity to form virtual teams and work with advisors from United Technologies Corporation and the New York Academy of Sciences. You may compete as an individual or as part of a team. Solvers will be asked to develop and present ideas that utilize STEM to design the aircraft of the future! The challenge launches on October 20, 2018, when the challenge statement will be released, but to participate, you must first sign up!

As part of this challenge, participants will have access to a one-week online bootcamp that prepares and inspires solvers through a series of curated learning resources and TEDx-style talks from leading industry experts. The bootcamp starts on October 11, 2018.

Once the challenge begins, you will have access to Launchpad, an online innovation platform designed to facilitate global collaboration and problem solving. Using Launchpad, solvers in multiple locations can work together to design solutions to challenges sponsored by top companies. For more information about Launchpad and the challenge, visit our FAQs.


*Source: Airlines for America

Sponsor

UTC serves customers in the commercial aerospace, defense and building industries and ranks among the world’s most respected and innovative companies. We are a company founded by people who invented technologies, turned them into businesses, and through innovation, built entire industries. For more about us, visit utc.com

United Technologies Aerospace Systems Challenge

Engineer working on a PT6A Engine at Pratt & Whitney

Key Dates

Bootcamp Begins

October 11, 2018

Challenge Starts

October 20, 2018

Solutions Due By

December 19, 2018

Winners Announced

February 2019

The Winning Team Will Receive:

  • $7,500 to be divided equally between team members
  • Round trip airfare and accommodations in New York City to attend the Global STEM Alliance Summit in July 2019
  • An opportunity to tour a United Technologies facility and hear from UTC executives about what it’s like to work in the technology and engineering fields
  • Automatic acceptance into The Junior Academy of the New York Academy of Sciences in Fall 2019.
  • Members of the grand prize team will become Young Members of the New York Academy of Sciences, which entitles them to free access to selected Academy content, a digital Membership Certificate, which is shareable on social media, and a complimentary year of full Academy Membership when they turn 18.

Seven Second Place Teams Will Receive:

  • $2,500 to be divided equally between team members
  • Automatic acceptance into The Junior Academy of the New York Academy of Sciences in Fall 2019.
  • Members of the second place teams will become Young Members of The New York Academy of Sciences, which entitles them to free access to selected Academy content and a digital Membership Certificate which is shareable on social media.


More prizes to be announced!

Rules

  • All individuals must be between the ages of 13-18 as of the date of registration in order to participate.
  • Those under the age of majority must submit a parent/guardian consent form before the challenge begins.
  • Challenge materials and solutions must be submitted in English in order to be considered.
  • Participants can work in teams or individually. Teams can have as many as 6 members.

Key Dates

Challenge Starts

October 20, 2018

Solutions Due By

December 19, 2018

Winners Announced

February 2019

Wanted: Scientists, Engineers, Role Models

STEM U is an all-virtual program designed to inspire and motivate the next generation of STEM talent through mentorship, skill development and participation in real-world challenges.

If you are a STEM professional, postdoc, or graduate student, you are invited to act as an expert advisor to a team of talented high school students from around the world. Participating teams develop solutions to a real-world problem, while you provide online feedback and coaching along the way. Experts are matched with 1-2 teams and are asked to spend between 2-3 hours at most per week with participants over a 60-day period. This is a great opportunity to hone your own coaching skills, while also inspiring the next generation of STEM innovators. Apply now!

Qualified experts are:

  • Graduate students, postdocs, or professionals working in a STEM-related field
  • Able to access at least one communication device with internet capabilities
  • Passionate about engaging and inspiring the next generation
  • Able to communicate clearly in spoken and written English
  • Experienced in conducting original research (preferred but not required)

These roles are very self-driven. The most successful mentors and experts are proactive, inquisitive, and stick with a regular engagement schedule.

If you were a mentor in the Fall 2017 United Technologies Future of Buildings and Cities Challenge and would like to be a mentor in the Fall 2018 Aerospace Challenge, you do not need to apply again. You will receive an email with further instructions about how to indicate your interest in participating again this year.

Key Dates

Bootcamp Begins

October 11, 2018

Challenge Starts

October 20, 2018

Solutions Due By

December 19, 2018

Winners Announced

February 2019

+ What are the age requirements?

To participate in this challenge you must between the ages of 13-18 at the time of registration. In other words, participants must have been born between October 20, 2000 and September 10, 2005.

+ Where do I find the detailed challenge question and judging criteria?

The challenge opens on October 20, 2018, at which point the detailed challenge question and judging criteria will be posted on Launchpad, our innovation and problem-solving platform.

+ Does participation cost anything?

No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter, participate in, or win the challenge. The purchase of any good or service will not increase a participant's chance of winning the challenge.

+ Do I need to travel anywhere to participate in the challenge?

No travel is necessary to participate. The challenge takes place virtually, and all communication can be done through Launchpad.

+ If I am selected as a winner how will travel be arranged?

The New York Academy of Sciences will make all travel arrangements on behalf of the winning team. If selected as a winner you will be given more details on arrangements.

+ Are the prizes scholarships?

Yes, cash prizes are considered scholarships.

+ Who are the judges?

For more information, you can explore their profiles under the Judges section of the Overview tab.

+ How are the solutions scored?

Solutions will be scored by a panel of experts based on judging criteria outlined in the challenge statement, to be released on October 20, 2018.

+ What is Launchpad?

Launchpad is an innovation platform designed to facilitate global collaboration and problem solving. The platform allows solvers from different locations to work together to design solutions to challenges sponsored by top companies.

+ How do I create an account on Launchpad?

Everyone who has signed up for the challenge (and completes their parental consent form if under 18) will receive an invitation to join Launchpad when the challenge bootcamp begins on October 11, 2018. If you have not already done so, sign up for the challenge!

+ How do I create a team or project on Launchpad?

On Launchpad, go to the Projects section. There, in the upper right hand corner, you'll see a “+ Project” button.

+ How will Launchpad help me communicate with my team?

Once part of a team, you will have a project page, including a private Team Space, where you can communicate with team members. In this space you'll also be able to launch a team video chat, and link to a shared google drive.

+ How do I find a team to work with?

You can work with people you know, or meet other solvers by posting in the Discussions section of Launchpad. Once you've found people you're interested in working with, you can create a team in the Projects section.

+ What if I want to work with people I know? Can they be on my team?

All team members must sign up for the challenge. When the challenge begins everyone will receive an invitation to join Launchpad. Once on Launchpad, designate one person to create your project. After that, the rest of the team members can join the project.

+ What is the minimum and maximum team size?

Minimum team size is 1, maximum team size is 6.

+ English is not my first language and I would like to communicate with my team members in my native language. Is that allowed?

No, unfortunately in order to preserve transparency and ensure all participants respect our online code of conduct, we require that all communication on Launchpad be in English.

+ Do I get a mentor?

Yes, mentors will be assigned to individual teams.

+ How do I communicate with experts on Launchpad?

Students will be able to use the 'People' page to find and message experts on Launchpad.

+ When will the winners be announced?

Winners will be announced in February 2019.

+ Do I need parental consent to participate?

Yes; if you are under the age of 18 an additional parental consent will be required in order to participate. The parental consent form was included in your confirmation email, and can also be found here.