Alumni Association (AX)
Founded in 1945, AX is the association that gathers former students and graduates of École Polytechnique. It stemmed from the merging of the Société amicale de secours des anciens élèves de l'École polytechnique and the Société des amis de l'École polytechnique, two former associations dating back 1864 and 1908.
École Polytechnique Alumni Association aims to maintain and develop solidarity and friendship within the École Polytechnique community, to represent its members in political bodies and in the media, and to support the development of the institution. The AX connects its 20,000 alumni through professional and cultural clubs, mentoring programs and networking events in France and around the world.
The Board of Directors holds at least five meetings a year and is composed of twenty-five members elected by the General Assembly. The Board is conducting tasks within the framework of committees led by volunteers on different subjects (subscriptions costs, careers, international development, etc.).
Each year, jointly with the students, the AX organizes the "Bal de l’X" (École Polytechnique annual ball), which usually takes place at the Opéra Garnier in Paris. All the benefits generated during the event go towards the association. Since 1948, the AX has been the editor of the monthly magazine of École Polytechnique network, « La Jaune et la Rouge » (Yellow and Red), which title refers to the institution’s historic colors.