Early November, the NYC Outpost team had the pleasure of hosting a session of the Fast Company Innovation Festival. The festival took over New York City with more than 125 events across multiple stages, from November 1st to 4.
The session, held at WeWork Times Square, highlighted Solar Impulse’s high-stakes mission to fly a solar-powered plane around the globe without fuel. On this occasion, a group of insightful festival goers listened to Rebecca Lucore, head of CSR and sustainability at Covestro (a materials company that helped build the Solar Impulse 2 plane), interview Paige Kassalen, an engineer with Covestro – and at age 22, the youngest person working on Solar Impulse’s ground crew. Paige was also the 16-person team’s sole American female. After an introduction by Oliver Haugen, Head of the NYC Outpost of swissnex and Giorgio Pompilio, Deputy-Consul-General of Switzerland In New York, Kassalen and Lucore discussed the future of solar energy and clean tech for industries and individuals alike; what it’s like to work on a stakes-through-the-roof experimental project packed with daily danger and the potential for huge payoffs; thoughts on how anyone can apply their own skills and expertise to volunteer projects that benefit society, and more. The audience of innovation experts engaged in a lively Q&A session with the speakers.