As part of activities to mark the Royal Aeronautical Society’s (RAeS) 150th anniversary, the Society is encouraging future pioneers with the launch of the RAeS Gold Medal Challenge, “Go for Gold”. The competition is seeking innovative ideas that could change the face of the industry over the next 50 years. It is open to apprentices, students and aspiring aerospace and aviation professionals under 30 years of age, including non-RAeS members.
The Gold Medal is conferred for outstanding contributions to the advancement of aerospace art, science and engineering and was first awarded to the Wright brothers in 1909. Submissions should be innovative, original concepts that demonstrate the impact the concept will have and how it will transform the aerospace and/or aviation sector.
Ideas for innovations might include a new:
- aerospace product
- business model or concept
- solution to an existing aerospace or aviation problem
- form of air transport system.
Cash prizes of £1,000, £500 and £250 will be offered in each of three age categories: under 16, 17-21 and 22-30, with an additional £500 going to the school, university, college or employer of the first prize winners in each category, where applicable.
The deadline for entries is 16 September 2016 and shortlisted entries will be invited to present their concept at the ‘Dragon’s Den’ style finals at the Innovation Conference, which will be held in November at the RAeS headquarters in London. Entries will be judged for the most creative, exciting and convincing concepts.
More details about the competition and how to enter are at RAeS Go for Gold Challenge