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Got a revolutionary idea that will change the future of aviation, aerospace or engineering? We want to hear from YOU at Innovation Hangar 2020!

Designed by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for school students, Innovation Hangar 2020 is an opportunity for students to showcase their creativity and entrepreneurship spirit. The regional business competition involves students developing innovative business ideas or solutions, with the aim of transforming the aviation industry into a more seamless and sustainable one.

Students stand to receive the opportunity to attend the 'Introduction to Entrepreneurship' lecture series, as well as have their works reviewed by our esteemed panel of judges, comprising of industry leaders!


Who Can Participate?

  • 15 - 18 year old students, both age inclusive
  • Able to work in a team of 3 - 5 people
  • Enrolled in a local or international school at time of registration
  • Currently studying in Asia
  • Interested in Aviation, Aerospace or Engineering

What do you need to submit?

Registration for Innovation Hangar using a Device 

Registration Stage

Participants are to form their own teams of 3 – 5 and register individually. Each team should submit a 3 minute video about their idea to

Documents containing content to be submitted for competition 

Semifinals Stage

Teams who are in the semi-finals have to prepare a presentation of no more than 10 slides and a 500-word executive summary on their idea for submission.

Pitching of Idea to Judges 

Finals Stage

Teams will get an opportunity to pitch their ideas to our esteemed panel of judges who are experts within their field. The judges will then pick the winning teams.

All submissions must be made in English. More information on submission requirements and guidelines.

Challenge Areas

We invite students to submit ideas that will transform the future of aviation in the following areas:

Airplanes flying out of the airport and around control tower Seamless Travel:
What new technologies can be introduced to promote seamless travel and improve the passenger journey - be it making it easier, faster and more secure - and how can it be implemented?
airplane with a stopwatch to express speed and efficiency Efficient Operations:
How can we improve the performance and efficiency of the operations, as well as the customer experience?
an idea demonstrated by airplane and bulb New Products and Services:
What are some new services and experiences that can be offered to customers that help generate strong revenues and increases the customer satisfaction?
Airplane flying over trees Environmental Sustainability:
What are some new technologies and solutions that can drive the aviation industry to become more environmentally sustainable and explore renewable energy options, in turn helping to reduce the carbon footprint?


In addition to the all the knowledge, expertise and skill sets that students will get to develop, the winners also stand to walk away with attractive prizes worth over USD 35,000! Prizes will be awarded to the Top 3 teams, as well as teams who excel in various categories. Winners stand to receive scholarships to study at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Asia.

Why Participate?

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Get the opportunity to attend a FREE Entrepreneurship Lecture Series, developed by Embry-Riddle's faculty


Tap on Embry-Riddle's faculty knowledge to gain exposure and insights into exciting aviation business concepts


Opportunity to network with professors and professionals from the aviation and aerospace industry


Share your outstanding ideas with the panel of judges, made up of industry experts, and stand to win attractive prizes

Important Dates

You will want to mark these dates into your calendar to help you stay on track!

6 Nov 2020

 Registration and Submissions Open

9:00AM (GMT +8)

23 Nov 2020

Innovation Hangar 2020 Briefing Session

6:30PM (GMT +8)

23 Dec 2020

 Registration and Submissions Closes

11:59PM (GMT +8)

4 January 2021

Semi-finalists Announced

Jan - Mar 2021

Entrepreneurship Lecture Series

9 sessions

28 March 2021

 Semi-finalists Submissions Due

11:59PM (GMT +8)

16 April 2021

 Finalists Announced

April - May 2021

 Final Presentation

Meet the Judges

Image of Logan Velaitham, CEO of AirAsia Singapore 

Logan Velaitham

CEO, AirAsia Singapore

Image of Michael Parsons 

Michael Parsons

Industry Sector Executive - Travel & Transport - MRO, IBM

Image of Mark Rademaker 

Mark Rademaker

Vice President, Travel & Hospitality APAC, Adyen

Image of Dr Jack Patel, Assistant Professor and Academic Officer 

Dr Jack Patel

Assistant Professor & Academic Officer, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Image of Michael Scheurich 

Michael Scheurich

Attorney at Law

Assistant Professor, College of Aeronautics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Image of Dr Somi Shin, Assistant Professor 

Dr Somi Shin

Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Cropped Image of Kim-Chua, Instructor and Director of Student Success


Director, Office of Student Success
Instructor, College of Arts and Sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Image of David Cirulli, Adjunct Instructor 

David Cirulli

Adjunct Instructor, College of Aeronautics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Group Director, Kambyan Networks

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