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The sound of equality: A podcast for International Women’s Day 2018

Natalie Filatoff
March 07, 2018
"When Kelly O’Dwyer, Australia’s national Minister for Women recently returned home to her family in Melbourne after a week in Parliament, her almost-three-year-old daughter Livvy asked about her mum’s trip from Canberra. Yesterday, in O’Dwyer’s  address to the National Press Club, she recounted a little of what Livvy said,  “She knowingly told me that if I was on a plane then there must have been a pilot.  And then she said, ‘What was her name?’”
International Women’s Day 2018 (IWD) is Pressing for Progress toward that goal — to make it simply natural for girls and women the world over to assume that pilots,  professors, engineers, doctors, architects, CEOs …  are as likely to be women as they are to be men.

In many parts of our world that still means achieving equal access to education for girls, and the expectation that girls have a right to the same opportunities as boys.

IWD 2018 emphasises that collective action and shared ownership for action on gender parity is what drives success.

This IWD coincides with the first year of a brilliantly designed program to equip female scientists in Australia with advanced communication skills and the opportunities to use them. The brainchild of Kylie Walker, CEO of Science & Technology Australia, the Superstars of STEM program aims to smash society’s gender assumptions about scientists and increase the public visibility of women in STEM, so that girls like Livvy grow up knowing that a career in STEM is for them.

As a proud supporter of the Superstars program, GE this year boosts the efforts of its own GE Women’s Network by joining with the Superstars in its Press for Progress podcast.

Listening to this collective action, you’ll hear the personal stories of five advocates for gender equality, including STA’s Kylie Walker; bioarchaeologist Dr Ronika Power; engineer Dr Francesca Maclean; and Superstars mentor Joanne Woo, the VP of communications for GE in Australia.

You’ll also hear Max York, GE Australia’s CEO, speak passionately for equal opportunity, because he believes that men must commit to Pressing for Progress in order for true parity to be achieved.

Yesterday, Minister O’Dwyer said her portfolio stands to advance the prospects of all women, “women in the home; in the boardroom; in factories or remote towns; our young women and our older women; and, critically, our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women; women who are comfortable, and women who are doing it tough.”

Today, on International Women’s Day 2018, we invite you to Press for Progress. Press on all fronts. And press again...


How Augmented Reality Is Poised To Transform Your Work And Personal Life

April 03, 2017

Augmented Reality: Changing The Way We Monitor Machines - GE

Technology and digital connectivity advances are transforming the way we live and work – in particular, the future of industry is expected to become a lot more “augmented.”

Augmented Reality (AR) utilises digital technologies to improve what can be seen, heard, and shared among colleagues in many industries to greatly improve analysis, decision making, and collaboration.

This is the nexus where the digital and the physical worlds collide, where data and connectivity offer a game-changing opportunity for industries. With the combined global VR and AR market predicted to reach US$162 billion by 2020, here are some of the AR innovations in play today, and how they can make a difference in ASEAN.

Smart Helmets For Smart Collaboration

GE Oil & Gas Digital FSE

GE’s Smart Helmet technology makes real-time global collaboration a reality. The Smart  Helmet connects wearers to colleagues around the world, allowing the user to request help, and insight, as well as offering the ability – via the device visor - to display videos, schematics or documents to improve teamwork.

For example, the Smart Helmet gives ASEAN and Asian engineers access to global expertise, and insight, as and when, they need it. This support improves equipment maintenance programs to reduce plant downtime. GE has already utilised Smart Helmet to support an Oil & Gas project in Qatar. The future is now, and it’s a world of augmented collaboration.

Virtual Education For The Future

zSpace Intro

AR offers huge potential in education, providing virtual workspaces for students to learn collaboratively from anywhere in the world. At Western University, California, AR is used to create virtual laboratories and learning spaces for medical students, creating in-depth, virtual learning experiences without the need for extensive materials, or specialised rooms.

This technology could provide huge benefits to education in other technical areas too. Imagine the possibilities of an oil and gas or hydro power engineering lab created in a virtual space, allowing students from throughout ASEAN to collaborate in a virtual landscape and support hands-on training without the need for purpose-built labs and engineering facilities.

Augmented Healthcare

AccuVein AV400 | Patient Kalia

There could be fewer visits to hospitals and surgeries in the future, as doctors increasingly use specialist AR technology to analyse the vital signs of patients including blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature, and more. The precursors to these technologies already exist in healthcare, with devices such as AccuVein, a handheld device which maps out a patients veins and arteries.

Medical AR solutions would be especially impactful in ASEAN, where populations live across geographically diverse locations - world-class healthcare can be delivered to patients whether they live in busy Bangkok, or rural Roxas. AR would also enhance  ollaboration among medical experts across the region.

Manufacturing The Future


Digital precision is one of the big benefits supported by AR, offering massive potential for manufacturers. Move over the mass-production processes of the past, future manufacturing will become increasingly localised and customised.

AR provides high-resolution projection and digital annotation to guide advanced manufacturing in vital systems. If we’re talking vital systems, is there anything more vital than providing precise AR-assisted
to build incubators for premature babies? With ASEAN predicted to be the world’s next great global factory, AR has the ability to accelerate innovation and production speed.

Augmented Customers

Hyundai’s wild augmented reality owner’s manual — CES 2016

AR technologies can also accelerate personal learning, or upskilling. Automotive giant Hyundai is using this in a very practical way by providing AR repair capabilities as part of their car manuals for customers. This enables customers – via their smartphone or tablet – to diagnose and repair simple problems using an augmented how-to guide. With ASEAN being the 5th largest automotive market in the world, and a significant global manufacturer, this application of AR could become commonplace in the very near term.

 Augmented Skies

Aero Glass

As well as offering great support for maintenance crews, AR can help pilots fly more safely and efficiently. The cockpit of the future is an augmented environment, where pilots will perform annotated versions of safety checks, and vital flight statistics are digitally highlighted. This means augmented support from take-off, to cruising, and safe landings.

With over half of new air traffic passenger growth expected to originate in Asia-Pacific in the next 20 years, AR could help make ASEAN’s skies safer, and better managed, to benefit airlines and passengers alike.

Augmented Communication

Introducing Word Lens

Finally, AR can also help break down communication barriers between business and industrial teams operating in different parts of the world. Google for example, today offers AR capability that can translate text using the cameras of smartphones.

And as wearable technology becomes widely adopted, this capability could support game-changing real-time interaction and make learning a second or third language that much easier. In a region such as ASEAN, with a diverse range of languages spoken, AR communication tools will be highly valued and used.

In Celebration of Women in Technology

March 11, 2016
The number of women in leadership positions is increasing, but based on the Women in the Workplace study by McKinsey & Company and, women are still underrepresented at every level in the corporate pipeline, with the disparity greatest at senior levels of leadership. But getting to those leadership positions isn’t the only challenge; according to the United Nation’s annual report on the progress of the world’s women from 2015 to 2016, globally, women earn on average 24 per cent less than men, with variation across regions.

The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index 2015 was particularly sobering. 142 economies were ranked according to how well they are leveraging their female talent pool, based on economic, educational, health-based and political indicators. None have achieved gender parity.

Despite stubborn inequalities that remain, many corporations are beginning to lead the way in helping make the gender parity vision a reality. As the world celebrated International Women’s Day on the 8th of March – the United Nations with a call for gender equality by 2030, Google Doodle with an aspirational #OneDayIWill campaign – GE had a women empowerment session of its own with a Leadership Sharing Session in Jakarta, powered by GE Women’s Network. This network was created to accelerate the advancement of women in the workplace by sharing information, best practices and experiences.

Themed Women in Technology: Promoting Gender Diversity in Technology, the GE Women’s Network Indonesia Hub’s Leadership Sharing Session focused on women and leadership in technology, engineering and infrastructure. The session had a panel of three women in senior leadership positions:

1. Jamie Miller, CEO and President of GE Transportation
2. Shinta Dhanuwardoyo, Founder of and Managing Partner at Nusantara Ventures
3. Leila Ubaidi, Executive Vice President of Station Maintenance, Preservation and Architecture Design and Planning, PT Kereta Api Indonesia



Here are 3 empowering messages from the panel discussion to inspire women:

1. Gender parity or not, the key to success and achievement is wanting something enough.

“I don’t think business is a man’s world. I believe that anyone, men or women, can achieve anything as long as they set their minds to it.” – Leila Ubaidi

2. Failure can pave the way to success.

“I started my first company in 1996 with no background or experience in IT. I’ve failed a lot before succeeding but I believe that failing can be an invaluable way for a person to develop a deeper understanding and hone his or her expertise.” – Shinta Dhanuwardoyo

3. The future should be one where women are encouraged to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths, as much as men are.

“Right from the very beginning we don’t set girls up to be in an environment where they’re encouraged to pursue science, technology, engineering or math-driven careers. I think it’s important that we start as early as possible in encouraging girls and letting them know that it’s ok to be excited about these industries.” – Jamie Miller
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