EPFL Alumni invites you to join an online chat with André Borschberg, Co-Founder, CEO and Pilot of Solar Impulse
Follow the event live tonight (September 23) at 6.00pm (Lausanne time) by clicking the following link (no login needed):
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The Solar Impulse project intends to achieve the first circumnavigation of the Earth by a piloted aircraft using only solar power. As one of the two pilots of the solar aircraft (together with Bertrand Piccard), André Borschberg set a world record for the longest ever flight after a five-day and 5,100-mile trip from Japan to Hawaii in July 2015. Currently halfway through its around-the-world tour, Solar Impulse plans to resume its flight in the spring of 2016.
André Borschberg graduated from EPFL (with a diploma in mechanical engineering in 1977) and from MIT Sloan School of Management. He trained as a pilot in the Swiss Air Force. Before the Solar Impulse project, he successfully launched several technology ventures and works for leading management consulting firms.
Here is the agenda of the discussion:
- André Borschberg, the last 13 years
- How to achieve ambitious goals – the role of leadership
- Setbacks and particular challenges of the Solar Impulse project
- 117 hours flight – the longest solo airplane flight : the experience and its meaning
- The two spheres of the project – technology and communication
- Next steps? Return to work (Part 2 of the world tour) and bringing the technology to the market
The discussion will be moderated by Gregory Blatt, Managing Director of Solar Impulse and Aymeric Sallin, Chairman of the EPFL Alumni Advisory Board. The event will be held in English in order to involve our Alumni worldwide.