STUDIOS has designed the new space as an open-source platform to foster digital innovation, support industrial process and imagine new industrial applications. We know today that co-creation helps accelerate solutions and thus scalability to reach new markets more rapidly.
GE Digital Foundries have been created to bring together a network of centers around the world – for which Paris is the first location in Europe. It is aimed at drawing on local talent to solve real problems and offer technology opportunities in high-tech manufacturing. The Foundry’s aim is multiple: to incubate Industrial Internet startups, to co-create with clients on new application development and to extend GE’s international ecosystem though its Predix and APM software.
The space has therefore been designed to be as flexible and modular as possible to foster collaboration and co-creation to promote the world of engineering, design thinking, data science with a strong focus on user experience. This has been translated through a variety of work environments:
internal GE team agile work areas
client collaboration spaces in the Design Center for corporate innovation and building digital industrial software
the DOJO, an incubator space for startup acceleration
a ground floor area to welcome communities and events (hackathons, conferences, barcamps, meet ups etc).
The furniture is highly modular – there are few comfortable chairs as it is recognized today that being active whilst working promotes creativity and innovative thinking – and nearly every wall is writeable, some are also magnetic, and screens are interactive. Mixing an industrial aesthetic with sleek finishes within the historical Centorial building, the new space partly opened in September 2016.