The Boeing Innovation Challenge Hackathon

Engineers Needed!

The Boeing Corporation is sponsoring its first Innovation Challenge and has invited Cornell to participate.  The Challenge is a competition created by Boeing to inspire new ideas and advance the way we think about future air travel.   The competition is focused on three areas:  Disruptive Mobility, Passenger Experience, and Operational Efficiency

At Cornell, we will be holding pitch sessions to select and improve ideas to submit to Boeing.  Submitted ideas will be judged based on creativity, technical content, relevance, clarity/organization and potential for diversification. The top entrants will be offered the opportunity to participate in a Boeing-sponsored three-day ‘Hackathon’ event at Boeing Commercial Airplane’s development site in Mukilteo, WA. Students at this event will engage with winners from other participating universities to diversify and mature their prized ideas. The students’ experience will include a networking event to meet Boeing leaders and explore opportunities at Boeing, and culminate with teams making project presentations to senior Boeing leadership. Travel expenses for attendees will be paid by Boeing.

Students from the Johnson School, Human Ecology, the Hotel School, MSE, Eng Management are participating.  We need more engineers.  We will be holding a pitch rules session on Monday October 22nd at 5:30 PM in 216 Upson Hall.  Please consider coming to learn more, form a team, or join a team.


All Students participating as individuals or in teams, must meet the following requirements:

  1. An active student at Cornell University, and
  2. Be willing and able to travel to participate in a three-day follow-on phase* (or agree to release any intellectual property (IP) for usage in the next phase)
    * Note: Boeing is precluded from hosting citizens of Cuba, Iran, North Korean, Sudan, and Syria
  3. Willing and able to sign a student agreement to define IP ownership in a follow-on phase, and be listed as co-inventor on any Boeing disclosures

The timing for the event is fast, submissions are due on Nov 21st.  Here is the schedule for Cornell submissions:


All Meetings at 5:30, Room 216 Upson

Monday Oct 22:                Pitch Rules

Monday Oct 29:               First Pitches and Round One Selection
May pitch alone or with partners, may do multiple pitches
Possible elimination of some ideas
Portal for Reviewing Pitches and joining teams

Thursday Nov 1:                Second Pitches and Final Selection
Second round of refined pitches
Final Selections to move on to development

Thursday Nov 8:                Presentations – First Draft Ready

Thursday Nov 15:              Presentations – Second Draft Ready

Monday Nov 19:                Final Drafts Ready For Review and Submission

~2nd week of January:     Hackathon at BOEING

For more information contact:

Matt Ulinski,