2019 Boeing Innovation Challenge


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Boeing Innovation Challenge Kickoff Presentation (PDF)

Video of Oct 2 KickOff 


Case Western Reserve University is one of ten universities invited to participate in the 2019 Boeing Innovation Challenge.

Sophomores to graduate students from all majors and disciplines are eligible to participate with a one-page entry about their idea and compete for a three-day trip to Boeing at Mukilteo, WA (all expenses paid) where they will collaborate with students from other schools in a hackathon-style innovation event, meet Boeing's innovation leaders, and discuss upcoming Boeing internships.

Email Victoria Avi victoria.avi@case.edu for more information


About the Challenge

Boeing Innovation Challenge Kickoff Presentation (PDF)

Boeing is offering Case Western Reserve University students the opportunity to showcase their creativity, innovation and technical skills during the second annual Boeing Innovation Challenge (BIC). This interactive, multi-round competition will help inspire tomorrow’s aviation leaders to think broadly, develop important relationships and provide the opportunity to address real challenges facing an industry that continues to drive economies and connect cultures.

This year’s challenge focuses on three areas (additional information regarding these categories is attached):

  1. Simplifying commercial airplanes.
  2. Creating adaptable and flexible airplane cabins.
  3. Bringing advances from other industries to commercial aviation.

Previous experience shows that teams that combine multiple disciplines perform the best. This is a great opportunity to bring together engineering, science, business, computing, informatics, human factors and the arts.

In the first round of the BIC, teams of two to three students from about a dozen universities will submit summaries of their proposals. Boeing Product Development professionals will evaluate these ideas for their potential and select approximately 20 winning concepts from about 50 submitting students.

In the second round, all students who submitted the winning concepts will see all of the top concepts. They will have the opportunity to comment on concepts, potentially combine ideas and then self-select to form up to 10 cross-university idea teams to further elevate that subset of the top proposals.

In the third round, those same students will participate in a three-day competitive hackathon-format event in Mukilteo, Wash., to mature and finalize their 10 proposals and share them with Boeing leaders to find out which team and idea wins the Boeing Innovation Challenge.


Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the BIC, all students participating on a team, must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. person (green card +) https://www.export.pitt.edu/overview/export-definitions/us-person-vs-foreign-person
    1. Note: Boeing is precluded from hosting citizens of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.
  • Be an active student at a participating school through the duration of the competition.
  • Have at least sophomore standing.
  • Cannot be a current direct Boeing employee or contractor working for The Boeing Company at any time during the competition.
  • Be part of a two- to three-member idea-forming team, and willing to diversify their response if selected with additional team members.
  • For first-round winners: Sign a student agreement, which includes assignment of IP ownership to Boeing or (if not able to attend) release any intellectual property (IP) on their idea for use by other participants in the next phase. Boeing may grant developmental licenses on request for individuals to continue development beyond the competition. Students will be able to share particular content as approved by The Boeing Company.

If your idea is selected for the second phase, you will also:

  • Participate in the virtual teaming event to select down to the final 8-10 BIC ideas with full idea teams.
  • Travel to the three-day event to further develop and present their final concept.

Additional notes: Travel will be arranged for participating teams through their university, with expenses for attendees paid by Boeing through university grants.

Key Dates

Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3
  • Oct 2, 2019 – Info Session via Zoom at 6pm and 8pm EST.  Email victoria.avi@case.edu to receive the zoom link.
  • Oct 8, 2019 – Info Mixer
  • Oct 14, 2019 – Ideation Session

  • Oct 28, 2019 - Info Session, 4:30 - 6:30 at think[box] (Dinner from Chipotle)
  • Nov. 1, 2019 – Web registration complete

    Registration Form (PDF)
  • Nov. 15, 2019 – Idea entries submitted (by 12 p.m. Pacific Standard Time); teams can submit one or multiple ideas; each requires its own form

    Idea Entry Form (PDF)
  • Nov. 27, 2019 – Top first-round winning entrants notified
Jan. 10, 2020 – Virtual teaming of all top entrants to self-select and combine ideas and teams down to 8-10 separate ideas of greatest student interest (8-10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time)
  • Jan. 20-22, 2020 – In-person event in Mukilteo, Wash. to fully define and present those ideas to Boeing innovation leaders.




Boeing Advanced Concepts What paradigm-shifts might be possible to simplify aircraft design/build?
  • Topic 1: Simplifying Commercial Airplanes - Innovations to dramatically simplify an aspect of design, manufacture or operation.  Category details


Boeing Advanced Concepts New Type of Cabin
  • Topic 2: Creating Efficient, Adaptable and Flexible Airplane Cabins - Innovations that strengthen the capability of the future Boeing Cabin by meeting the current and future needs of airlines and passengers. Category details


Boeing Advanced Concepts What paradigm-shifts might be possible to simplify aircraft design/build?
  • Topic 3:  Cross-Industry Aircraft Innovation - Non-aerospace technologies with beneficial applications for airplanes, crews, and passengers to enhance the total travel experience. Category details



BIC Info Mixer - Oct 8, 1-3 pm @ LaunchNET in Thwing

BIC Ideation Session - Oct 14, 3:30 - 5:30 @ think[box] floor 6

BIC Info Session - Oct 28, 4:30 - 6:30 @ think[box] (Dinner from Chipotle)


​​​​​​ Registration and Idea Entry Forms

Registration Form (PDF) Deadline November 1, 2019

Idea Entry Form (PDF) Deadline November 15, 2019


Questions: Contact victoria.avi@case.edu for more information.