At MIT they’re serious about “hacking” together ideas for innovation, invention, and new businesses. This weekend a team from GE Global Research and GE Aviation will attend hackMIT and provide students access to GE’s Crowdsourcing Environment for Evolutionary Design (CEED) platform built for next-gen manufacturing.
hackMIT brings together more than 1,000 students from colleges and universities all over the world for a 30 hour innovation marathon! Students will be working around the clock, creating, inventing, and kicking around concepts for web, desktop, mobile, and hardware projects. The students can build products and services on top of the CEED platform in the cloud, while also utilizing it as a collaboration tool to help formulate and organize their ideas. Crowdsourcing is all about the democratization of ideas – the best concepts rise to the top.
For us at GE this represents a huge opportunity to foster and encourage the creativity of these budding inventors and entrepreneurs. We’ll not only be there to teach them how to bring their ideas to life using our platform, we’ll act as mentors, explaining how innovation spawns new products and businesses models.
The undergrads gathering this weekend at MIT truly represent the best and the brightest and I am proud to be a part of it. I look forward to introducing these next generation software engineers to all that GE has to offer. Follow me on twitter (@jjsalvo), I’ll be tweeting throughout the event!
UPDATE: I wrote the below poem last night and thought I’d share!
‘Twas the night before Hackathon and all through the city
Not a Geekster was stirring, Oh what a pity!
The programmers were all safely tucked in their beds
While visions of IPO’s danced in their heads.
When out on the net there arose such a ruckus
I sprang from my bed to see who just retweeted us.
Away to the Windows I jumped with my flash
Tore open the folders and emptied the cache
With a little old driver so lively and quick
I knew in a moment it must be a trick
More rapid than eagles his cursor did fly
Yet not for a moment did his batteries die.
Then he leaped to the keyboard and let loose the code.
And away we all jumped like a caffeine soaked toad.
But I heard him exclaim as he took to the cloud
Merry Hacking to all you make me so proud!