EADS asks students to “Join the Spirit” for a unique international competition in high-performance computing engineering

Farnborough11 July 2012

  • Young innovative talent sought in problem-solving global challenge from EADS Innovation Works
  • Fastest successful code to be awarded $10,000 in prize money

An international contest dedicated to high performance computing for graduate students was launched today by EADS Innovation Works, the EADS group’s corporate research and technology network.

Called “Join the Spirit,” this competition challenges students in the fields of aeronautics and systems applications to create problem-solving codes, which they will test live on a dedicated website: http://jointhespirit.eads.com. The fastest code that solves the problem will be awarded a $10,000 prize, along with receiving recognition from professional scientists and researchers at EADS.

“This is a great opportunity for students to test what they’ve learned in the classroom by working with a real-world challenge in high-performance computing that has been developed by our experts,” explained EADS Chief Technical Officer Jean Botti, who launched the competition at the Farnborough Airshow. “We’ve structured the challenge to offer equal opportunities at winning for students from any country of the world. In the end, all who participate will be winners – gaining an insight into how EADS handles its own problem-solving, while also enabling students to demonstrate their talents against others in the same field of expertise.”

Students may work the problem-solving on their own, or in teams of up to three persons. The competitors can submit as many codes as they wish. EADS Innovation Works opened the competition today, which continues until midnight on December 31, 2012. Final results will be published one week later. Registration is to be made via Facebook, Google or Twitter accounts.

EADS Innovation Works is a global network of seven trans-national Technical Capability Centres that have the mission to identify new value-creating technologies and to develop technological skills and resources. The organisation also operates EADS’ corporate research and technology laboratories that promote the group’s technical innovation potential with a focus on the long-term.

About EADS

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of €49.1 billion and employed a workforce of over 133,000.


Gregor von Kursell
Corporate Media Relations Germany
Airbus Group
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