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Can you gig it?

Flash forward to 2020 and look around you. Studies state two out of five people will be freelancers. “I can Gig it,” you might say… “I can leverage Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Task Rabbit.”  But what if those freelancers were doing more than driving or errands – but working alongside you? Helping you to get business done? Can you Gig that?

That 2020 future… is happening now, and it’s been aptly named the gig economy – referring to a labor market characterized by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work. This surge in freelancing plays into many of the workplace shifts we’re already experiencing—flexible work locations and schedules, digital teams, 360 evaluations and more.

Consider, though, while the market uses terms like gig, freelance, crowdsourcing, experts on demand, or open innovation – we should view this as a talent market.  The ability to efficiently access talent anywhere, at any time, is also enabling another big change in the way work is organized.  Businesses can parse projects into smaller components, and request help from specialists anywhere to complete these components.

Why should we care? Because we’re operating in an era where markets keep moving faster, and businesses are losing pace in the talent race. They can’t hire all the resources they need, or train existing teams quickly enough to assess and deploy emerging technologies. Digital-era leaders need to build Gig into their core resourcing strategies to compete effectively.

This is something our Global Operations GENIUSLINK team has focused on for years. We’ve developed what is arguably the world’s largest and most efficient Gig ecosystem. Our compliant, scalable process provides GE teams and customers with direct reach to over 21 million experts in areas like engineering, design, marketing, IT and more. We match mission to expertise, task to talent. We’re transforming the way work gets done by helping GE teams, GE customers, and beyond augment and accelerate their efforts with gig talent. And we’re seeing amazing results – program sponsors reaching out to colleagues in other functions and businesses for help and expertise, and reaching outside their companies to collaborate with experts around the world.

The Future of Work is here… and it’s crowd-powered.

Can you Gig it?

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In the GE Fuse Position Sensor Design Challenge, we are iterating on how to make ultrasonic inspections faster, more accurate and safer.
Join us on July 13th, 2017 from 11-11:30 AM ET as we host a Live Question & Answer session with Fuse Technology Leader Naveen Nair who will talk in-depth about the challenge and answer questions from the community.

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Subject to Official Rules. Contest opens on 9am ET on June 20, 2017. Must submit at least one Entry by 11:59pm ET July 24, 2017 to be eligible.  Free FUSE account required. Employees and contractors of GE and Local Motors and any of their respective parents, affiliates or subsidiaries are ineligible. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

GE GENIUSLINK™ is honored to have been named an ISPIM 2017 Grand Prize Finalist for excellence in innovation management at last week’s conference in Vienna, Austria. Read the full recap here:

It’s the FINAL DAY! Submit your #NFL #Duke CTSI #HeadHealthTECH #challenge entry by 11:59pm TONIGHT!  Share your solution here:

In HeadHealthTECH Challenge II, the NFL, FRI (Football Research, Inc.) and Duke CTSI are looking to innovators around the globe to help develop next-generation solutions and innovative technology designed to improve player health and safety. Got a great idea or tech to advance this mission? Share it!

Want to learn more? Ready to submit your entry? Click here:

Less than 2 days left! Submit by June 14 (at 11:59pm ET) to share your protective equipment and tech solution in the #NFL & #Duke CTSI #HeadHealthTECH Challenge II!

Submit your entry here:

Sponsors #NFL & #Duke CTSI look forward to your proposals!

Down to the final hours!  There are just 48 hours left to submit your #NFL #HeadHealthTECH Challenge II proposal!  Submissions are due June 14th at 11:59pm ET!

Submit your proposal here: 

Questions? Reference the webinar: 

GENIUSLINK™ is thrilled to announce its proposal for the ISPIM 2017 Grand Prize–showcasing excellent examples in Innovation Management–has been selected as a finalist alongside great organizations like IBM, HP and Fraunhofer.  GENIUSLINK™ ‘s submission details the story of GE Transportation crowd-powering their business on an ongoing basis–to deliver outcomes to customers better and faster–and identify amazing talent along the way.

The ISPIM 2017 Grand Prize winner will be announced Monday, June 19th in Vienna, Austria!  Check out more details–and the submission–here: 


Need a little guidance on designing your #NFL #HeadHealthTECH proposal? You’re in luck! Check out a recording our HeadHealthTECH Challenge II Information Webinar here:

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OPPORTUNITY: An intelligently connected home lighting environment.

TRADITIONAL APPROACH: Slow moving cycle from concept to prototype; dozens of full-time dedicated employees, meeting space, and time to brainstorm and refine ideas; comprehensive prototype development and testing; multi-year investment with full risk and extended commitment.

UTILIZING GENIUSLINK™: Just 120 days from concept to prototype completion; a handful of employees to oversee crowdsourcing and challenge publicity; part-time commitment to field questions, judge submissions, and coordinate prototyping; pre-determined financial commitment; crowdsourcing and small bath manufacturing minimizes risk. The Power of GENIUSLINK™

  • 142 ideas submitted
  • 992 participants
  • 17,864 impressions on the challenge page
  • 1,689 clicks on Make’s strategically placed social media posts
  • More than 5.6 million total overall campaign impressions (Maker Faire sponsorship, challenge & social promotion, Make magazine)

OUTCOME: A robust solution that includes a set of connected applications within a single light source, including lighting that syncs with personal fitness devices. The product senses when a user has been sitting idle for too long and encourages that person to get moving. It also includes lighting-based motion detection that syncs with paid security systems.



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 The National Football League (NFL) and Football Research, Inc. (FRI) partnered with Duke University’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (Duke CTSI) to create the HeadHealthTECH Challenges—a series of innovation challenges intended to deepen understanding and advance solutions in the areas of head protection, materials science and head kinematics, among others. The TECH Challenges are structured to stimulate research and innovation, and to create an intellectual forum to connect innovators with engineering experts, mentors and venture capitalists.

In HeadHealthTECH Challenge II, the NFL, FRI and Duke CTSI are looking to innovators around the globe to help develop next-generation solutions and innovative technology designed to improve player health and safety.

Want to hear more about the program, requirements and whether your technology or solution could apply to helmet technology?  Register now to learn more!

Chris Cancialosi of Forbes published a great piece featuring GE GENIUSLINK’s Fuse.  Take a read for some lessons learned on our path toward open innovation at GE Fuse.  Read more here: Unlock potential innovation crowdsourcing!

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