About Energy Night

MIT Energy Night is a celebration of the ingenuity, innovation, and imagination of MIT faculty, researchers, students, and alumni.

Hosted annually at the MIT Museum and organized entirely by students, the MIT Energy Night features over 70 interactive poster presentations from every energy affiliated department at MIT as well as early stage start-ups based on MIT technologies. Presentation topics span conventional energies, renewable energies, energy storage, energy efficiency, and other areas.

This year’s event is poised to attract MIT students, faculty, energy investors, business leaders, researchers, and educators on October 17, 2014 from 6:00-9:00pm at the MIT Museum. Complimentary food and soft beverages will be provided. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased at a low cost.

The event is free and open to the general public. No registration is required.

Event Mission & Vision

The MIT Energy Night’s mission is two-fold:

  1. Provide members of the diverse MIT energy community and the wider energy community an opportunity to interact with each other, catalyzing ideas for new research areas and business opportunities.
  2. Educate the MIT community and general public on the wide variety of energy research, education, and entrepreneurship across MIT.


The MIT Energy Night started in 2006 under Dave Danielson’s leadership of the MIT Energy Club. Since its inception the event has been very well attended, totaling 280 presentations and 7,400 attendees in 6 years!

  • 2006:  30 presenters and 600 attendees
  • 2007:  40 presenters and 1,200 attendees
  • 2008:  30 presenters and 1,200 attendees
  • 2009:  60 presenters and 1,500 attendees
  • 2010:  50 presenters and 1,600 attendees
  • 2011:  70 presenters and 1,300 attendees


“One of the questions I got spurred a train of thought,” one presenter at the 2009 event wrote in a post-event survey, “that led to a potentially patentable invention. It’s hard to beat that.”

“For my poster, I received investment offers, office/lab space and business development consulting offers 10 different sources including the Navy, CEO of Konarka, VC’s, MIT Venture Mentoring Service, MIT Alums, and many others. I also heard great suggestions for future directions and novel applications for my product.” Mehmet Cengiz Onbasli, Oct 2012.