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The Industrial Internet needs coders… and a really great podcast

November 04, 2015

Today's post is courtesy of GE Digital.


Meet Ethan Reese. Twenty-something, sarcastic, unfiltered – and a very talented developer.

He’s bored at his job coding tweaks to an online kids game, so he spends off hours hanging out at an incubator focused on the Industrial Internet. And after working on projects using GE Predix, Ethan is dreaming of bigger things.

Then a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hits San Francisco and changes everything. Ethan put his moonlighting experience to work in the city’s recovery efforts – and his life takes a new direction.
Truth be told, you can’t really meet Ethan. He’s a fictional character in our new Industrial Internet podcast series for developers -- called Pivot.  (And obviously, San Francisco is still standing.)

But at GE, we’re very eager to connect with actual people like Ethan – developers already working in industrial settings or those currently focused on mobile or Internet of Things consumer apps. (Have you seen our “What’s the matter with Owen?” TV ads?)


We think today’s technology professionals are hungry to work on what we like to refer to as the “Internet of really important things” – namely, the industries that build, power, move, and cure the planet. The Industrial Internet.

As GE Digital moves toward making our cloud platform for the Industrial Internet available to all in 2016, we are working to spread the word and inspire visionary developers to think about what they’d build with Predix.  We didn’t want to wait until developers could sign onto Predix and “kick the tires.” We wanted to start the education and inspiration immediately.

This “coming soon” timing is why we created Pivot – a “semi-fictional podcast about very real opportunity.” Like the Predix in Action virtual reality experiences we built around subsea oil & gas pipelines and aviation search & rescue, Pivot highlights the possibilities and opportunities of the new digital industrial era. (And so far, the response has been amazing.)

So, give Episode 1 a listen.

Binge listen to catch up and subscribe to Pivot for the remaining installments every two weeks. Each segment combines the story of Ethan and his cohort with appearances by real industry and technology leaders appearing as themselves – and even a real crowdsourcing challenge that sparked participation from developers around the world. It’s an engaging mix of entertainment and information, with Predix access and tire kicking just ahead.

And like Ethan, don’t be shy about letting us know what you think. Email, tweet, post, blog. We want to hear from you.


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