Techathon 2021| „Future of Flying“

Monday, November 22, 2021 until Thursday, November 25, 2021

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Do you need a change from your daily study routine? Then this year’s Techathon addressing the ‚Future of Flying‘ is just the right thing for you. Together with experts from the industry, you will be shaping the future of the aviation industry!

In three days, you will learn how to combine applied research and development with entrepreneurship. At the same time, you can also promote your career!


This Techathon with several innovation-driven industrial companies allows you to apply your knowledge from university to real-world use cases and to establish contacts in the industry. For three days, you and your team will work hands-on on a project from the aviation industry and you will be able to apply your solutions. You will not only design your prototype, you can also produce it on site!

Who are we looking for?

You! It doesn't matter if you are interested in product design, computer science, engineering or entrepreneurship. The important thing is that you are motivated to develop new and creative solutions to tricky problems.

What are the tasks?

We offer different tasks of different aviation companies, for which you can provide your preferences. From additive manufacturing to digitization to sustainable production concepts, there are topics for everyone! We will be announcing the collaborating companies and sneak peaks into the tasks in the coming days.

How can I take part?

This link will take you to our application form. There, you can specify your contact details and preferences and upload your cv. Additionally, we have three short questions...

Application deadline: November 15, 2021

I am ready, when do we start?

Before we start, we would like to get to know you! Therefore, there will be an event on November 22nd, where we also prepare you for the next days. From the 23rd to the 25th of November you will be working on your tasks. On Thursday afternoon, the stage is yours! You will present your solution to our expert jury.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lukas Behnen ( and Marc Schauss (


Participating companies

Lufthansa Technik: Digital MRO Subcontracting 4.0

What if the subcontracting of MRO tasks between two MRO companies is done in the most digital way possible? Get a deep understanding of the processes of the leading provider of aircraft maintenance, repair, overhaul and modification services for civil aircraft in just a couple of days and identify the potential of digitization solutions.

Thales InFlyt Experience: Personalized, customer-centric entertainment features with the help of AI

Create more personalized, customer-centric services to improve the user experience with Thales InFlyt Experience! Find out how to best adapt the entertainment features based on the category of passenger and how to make use of AI to achieve the dedicated user experience for each category!

Diehl: Trolley-Monitoring

How can you get valuable data about the content of trolleys? Take on a technical challenge and come up with smart solutions for the inventory control of trolleys in collaboration with Diehl Aviation, who produce cabin equipment for all renowned aircraft manufacturers! 

Airbus: Passenger Compartment Design

The world’s largest aircraft manufacturer Airbus wants you to come up with a concept for the design of the passenger compartment. Develop an interface between the passenger and airplane or between cabine crew and airplane!