Boeing set out to encourage innovators to create a safe and easy-to-use personal flying device. In a competition called GoFly, over the next two years, $2 million will be awarded to innovative teams from around the world.
Teams will be challenged to create an ultra-compact, quiet, urban-compatible, personal flying device capable of carrying a person 20 miles without refuelling or recharging with vertical, or near vertical take-off and landing capability. Boeing will provide teams with access to experienced Mentors and Masters in design, engineering, finance, law, and marketing, but the ultimate design and functionality of the device will be up to the imagination of the competitors.
Already today, almost 300 competitors from all across Europe have registered for the GoFly challenge, including competitors from Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
Teams and competitors from 14 European universities have additionally registered for the GoFly challenge. This includes teams from University of Manchester, Technical University of Delft, University of Bucharest, Cranfield University, South Wales University, Pisa University, John Moores University, University of Munich, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Queen’s University Belfast, Imperial College London, University of Bristol and Queen Mary University of London.
All European competitors are listed on the GoFly Prize Innovator Map.
“GoFly is a shift towards embracing innovative solutions to expand the desire to explore the unknown and push ourselves to new heights. Today we look to the sky and say ‘look at that plane fly,’ but two years from now we’ll look up and say ‘look at that person fly,” said Gwen Lighter, CEO of The GoFly Prize.
Innovators from all walks of life, including hobbyists, academics, engineers, and students, are all encouraged to submit their ideas and participate in the competition. The first registration deadline for teams participating in Phase I is April 18, 2018, followed by a Phase II registration deadline of December 8, 2018.
For more information about The GoFly Prize, or to sign up for the competition, please visit http://www.goflyprize.com