A vision of the future often involves replacing cumbersome, slow cars with personal flying machines that let us quickly fly to work and on errands. That vision was the inspiration behind air giant Boeing’s latest $2 million GoFly competition, which launched in 2017 to attract students, would-be entrepreneurs, and innovators.
After the first phase of the contest, 10 winners were chosen from a pool of 750 entries worldwide.
Georgia Tech student Alistair Sequeira, along with advisor Dr. Daniel Schrage, led one of those chosen teams. Along with three other students, they developed the concept for HumBuzz, and were awarded $20,000 to move onto Phase 2 of bringing the design to life.
“The goal of the competition was to make a personal flying machine for commuting purposes in the future and make urban air mobility a viable option,” says Sequeira, who is currently a junior at Georgia Tech. Other contest requirements included a design smaller than 8.5 feet, quieter than 87 decibels, and the capability to fly at least 30 miles per hour.