Welcome to Garages, GE’s way of empowering anyone and everyone who wants to participate in the next industrial era. Join us at a Garages event or follow us online to discover what’s changing the future of work around the world.
Technology is changing the way we build — whether sitting at your desk or working on the manufacturing floor. Printers now use plastics and metals instead of just ink. Prototyping happens in a number of hours — not weeks, months or years. Software is sharpening design capabilities beyond a pencil’s reach.
Garages Global Tour
Through Garages, the next frontier of physical and digital innovations is made available for everyone to explore, learn and experiment. Learn about where we’re going next.
From 3D printing in Lagos to designing gas turbines in Algiers, Garages has set up shop in both emerging and established innovation hubs around the world. See what we’ve created.
At Factory Berlin, GE offered hands-on experience with 3D printers and other cutting-edge manufacturing tools and hosted panel discussions on trends from digitization to LED lighting to the skills of the future.
Fab Lab Berlin, the local Makers hub, hosted an evening event to discuss the latest in DIY manufacturing, wearables and 3D printing. Wolf Jeschonnek of Fab Lab Berlin moderated a panel that included Lisa Lang of @ElektroCouture and Thomas Gnahm of Trafo Pop.
Garages partnered with the Digital Leadership Institute and Geekettes on an event to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Lady Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer. Cheryl Miller of Digital Leadership Institute moderated a roundtable on how to get more girls and women into digital careers.
At the Brussels Garage, participants saw first-hand how GE is bringing software and hardware together to make manufacturing smarter, faster, more personal. 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC mills and other cutting-edge manufacturing tools were all available for use.
GE hosted a series of PechaKucha Nights — informal gatherings where creative people came together to share their ideas, work and thoughts. Robot maker Jan de Coster, Cheryl Miller of the Digital Leadership Institute and Martin Schuurmans of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology were among the speakers.
Garages featured a Youth Discovery Programme, with workshops hosted by JA-YE and Vlajo that focused on the skills of tomorrow.
In Algeria, Garages is part of a multi-year innovation program launched by GE and Sonelgaz called I.D.E.A (Industry and Entrepreneurship Development in Algeria). The entrepreneurship initiative is aimed at nurturing local innovation in the energy-sector supply chain.
Garages participants got the chance to use 3D printers, laser cutters and other equipment now used in advanced manufacturing.
Garages embarked on a two-week roadshow through Algiers and Oran after the event, attracting more than 1,400 visitors.
At the Lagos Garage, the focus was on training the community in new manufacturing and production technologies and skills. Nigerian entrepreneurs had the opportunity to learn about technologies like 3D printing as well as business planning for startups.
GE is working to help build a skilled workforce in the region, hosting a hands-on training program focused on growing the power generation service sector.
GE expanded on the earlier success of the Lagos Garage by returning for a six-week educational curriculum to accelerate the impact of Nigeria’s most promising entrepreneurs.
Working with world-class instructors, investors, technical experts and partners, Nigerian entrepreneurs experienced a culture of collaboration and innovation to help bring their ideas to life.
At the D.C. Garage, visionaries Massimo Banzi of Arduino, Justin Fishkin of Local Motors and Jesse Harrington Au of Autodesk shared their views on the future of manufacturing.
Garages participants got hands-on experience with the latest technologies and learned about topics ranging from the skills of the future to advanced manufacturing policy.
FirstBuild, a partnership between GE and Local Motors, featured a co-creation challenge on the future of cooking. Participants were invited to share ideas on ways to improve the performance of kitchen appliances.
GE partnered with Chicago Ideas Week to create an advanced manufacturing fab lab for technologists, entrepreneurs and Makers.
Garages participants got hands-on experience with high-tech prototyping equipment and heard about the latest manufacturing trends from a speaker lineup that included Massimo Banzi of Arduino and Zach Kaplan of Inventables.
Garages visited the Rice University campus, giving students a hands-on experience with the latest manufacturing technologies.
Rice University students took part in workshops where they could try out 3D printers, laser cutters, metal inert gas welders and other advanced manufacturing tools.
At the New York Garage, GE partnered with STORY to celebrate the quick and the quirky under the theme of “Making Things.”
The unique retail space in Chelsea evolved into a co-working lab, where innovation came to life through high-tech tools and curated merchandise.
The New York Garage featured more than 40 events, ranging from robot workshops to classes on everything from 3D printing to the nexus of laser cutters and fashion.
Wherever Garages goes, we bring with us top experts from GE’s partners. Join us to discover new ways of thinking through design challenges and the latest tools in advanced manufacturing. Explore our partners below.
By crowdsourcing innovation — with a global network of experts and enthusiasts — GE is helping to solve some of industry’s most pressing challenges.