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It started in Graz in autumn 2018. We, 29 aviation students of the FH JOANNEUM, took previous students as a role model and prepared us for the participation in the DESIGN-BUILD-FLY contest in Tucson, Arizona. The time in the US was very successful: We achieved the 3rd place, which means we have reached the best result ever for our university. But that hasn’t been the end of the story, the success continued with the pma junior Award.

The pma junior Award is a prize for “Excellent Projekts” assigned by Project Management Austria (pma). The whole project has been evaluated in the categories target-orientation, leadership, team-members, resources and procedures as well as the result of the overall project was part of the rating.

The assessment was split over five months. An outline with the key points of the project content and the applied project management was the first step. A couple of assessors evaluated those and invited a few teams to an assessment interview. We have been one of these teams and defended our work during this interview which took place in the head quarter of pma. At the beginning of October we received the gratifying message that we are part of the finals. In course of a gala dinner, projects have been awarded in multiple categories and also ours in the field of “junior Award”. Our team achieved the title “award winner”.

After a bit more than one year, DBF19 is now history. We were able to participate and convince in two completely different competitions. The contests have been challenging but they raised us and connected us even closer. An experience we don’t want to miss in a manner.

A small hint: DBF20 is already within the preparation for the next year’s competition.
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