Chronicling the Solar Impulse

André Borschberg, CEO, co-founder and pilot of the Solar Impulse will discuss his circumnavigation of the globe in a solar plane, and his ambitions for a special new aviation project.

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Samberg Center
50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge , Massachusetts 02142 United States


January 30, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm America/New York (UTC-05:00)



Join alumni from MIT and Swiss universities for a special MIT Forum event featuring André Borschberg SM ’83, CEO, co-founder and pilot of Solar Impulse and co-founder of H55. Borschberg will discuss the new Nova series chronicling his circumnavigation of the globe in a solar plane and his dreams and ambitions for a new project focused on the future of energy and aviation. Co-sponsored by MIT Alumni Association and swissnex Boston.

Borschberg’s talk will be followed by a fireside chat with MIT Technology Review editor David Rotman, audience Q&A, and reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

MIT and Alumni of Swiss universities and guests are welcome. Space is limited—register today.

Event Details

  • 6:00 pm Registration and networking
  • 6:30 pm Program
  • 7:30 pm Reception and networking
  • 8:30 pm Event ends

André Borschberg SM ’83

Fueled by a drive to push the boundaries of the possible in both technology and human endeavors, André Borschberg is an entrepreneur whose passion for exploration is matched only by his persistence to drive economic, environmental and spiritual growth.

André is best known as the CEO, co-founder and pilot of Solar Impulse: the enterprise that, under his guidance, built a plane that the aviation industry said would be impossible to make. In 2015, on the Japan-to-Hawaii leg of a round-the-world flight with the Solar Impulse 2 plane, André broke the world record for the longest solo flight in an airplane of any kind: 117 hours and 52 minutes.

Today, he is looking ahead: As the leader of the team that conceived, designed and built Solar Impulse, the first airplane able to fly day and night without any fuel, André has in early 2017, co founded H55. This swiss company develops and sells electric propulsion technologies… [read more]

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