GE’s Garages: Beijing & Beyond

GE’s Garages: Beijing & Beyond

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ABOUT GE's GARAGES

GE imagines things others don’t, builds things others can’t and delivers outcomes that make the world work better. GE’s Garages enable others to tangibly experience this. Through Garages, the next frontier of physical and digital innovations are made available for everyone to explore, learn and experiment – convening the world’s brilliance to join us in our mission to move, power, build and cure the world.

WHAT IS A GARAGE? A PLACE TO PARTICIPATE IN DEFINING THE FUTURE OF WORK

The Garage is an experiential environment for showcasing and activating the future of work. It’s a place where technical skills can be learned, advanced machines can be utilized, and timely topics can be discussed. Infused with the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship, the Garage invites everyone to participate in the possibilities of next industrial era. Whether beginners or experts, senior officials or interns, employees or entrepreneurs, the Garage makes tangible key themes central to GE: Future of Work, Advanced Manufacturing, Industrial Internet, and Global Brain.

GARAGES AROUND THE WORLD

By the end of 2015, GE’s Garages will have been activated in North and South America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia (highlighted on map below). From developed markets to emerging economies, Garages can be modified to suit local goals and objectives. Most recently, Garages activated in Beijing – read on for the inside scoop.

ABOUT BEIJING GARAGE

The first Garages in China was hosted from July 13th to 27th at the Shoneshow Gallery in Beijing’s 798 Art District. The Beijing Garage helped educate policymakers, customers, employees, media, and future employees on GE’s Industrial Internet and Advanced Manufacturing strengths, and it created permanent assets that can continue educating audiences well into future. These included 3D environmental vignettes.

BEIJING GARAGE FEATURES

Each vignette represented a different GE business unit, including Healthcare, Power & Water, Oil & Gas, and Aviation. As a key feature of the Garage, the vignettes immersed guests in a unique storytelling experience. Each vignette highlighted both a global and local story specific to the business and included an interactive or sensory experience.

  • Healthcare Vignette: Visitors experienced a nurses’ station where workers tasks are optimized using GE’s Industrial Internet solutions. Machines, staff, and patients are tracked and visualized to best understand resources and streamline treatment, reducing time and cost for procedures. Real medical machines were also on display.
  • Power & Water Vignette: Visitors experienced a virtual reality experience which explored the majesty of the 9HA turbine, an 800,000-pound machine powerful enough to power a city for 400,000 people. A particular focus included how the turbine’s thousands of sensors collect tens of thousands of real-time data points that are fed to a command center for analyses used to optimize power output.
  • Aviation Vignette: Visitors experienced a simulated airline repair facility enhanced by Industrial Internet technology. Here, assets are synchronized, optimized, and managed efficiently using directly-collected big data sets. A scale-model engine was on display.
  • Oil & Gas Vignette: Visitors experienced an interactive platform for measuring, monitoring and optimizing thousands of miles of pipeline. A map display represented actual pipelines throughout mainland China.

BEIJING GARAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • 1,000 attendees toured through the invitation-only Garage during the two weeks it was open.
  • 7 GE businesses hosted events in the Garage, including Communications, Aviation, Power and Water, Oil and Gas, Healthcare, HR, and Digital.
  • 6 GE customers and partners toured the Garage including Air China and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
  • 300 employees and families visited the Garage while it was open.
  • 80 local makers joined for a dedicated day of panel discussions, hands-on workshops and startup-centric networking opportunities in a collaboration between GE and MakerBot.
  • Several media events were held, the largest by GE Healthcare, which concluded with a sit-down dinner in the space.

Read more about GE’s Garages in our case study, here.