Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Emma Albert, a 2nd rotation ITLP in GE Corporate. ITLPs spend two years rotating from team to team learning about all areas of technology and IT within GE, and every year, the Corporate ITLPs hand down some of their learning to a younger generation through a computer science competition. The competition is a way for high school students to apply their classroom education and gain early exposure to how GE Works. On April 24th, Corporate ITLPs, in association with the University of Connecticut, hosted the annual GE Computer Science Competition in Fairfield, CT. The competition is comprised of two parts, a case study and a multiple choice test. The case study challenge was created by the ITLPs to give high school students a chance to put a practical application around their classroom studies. The test serves as a practice for the AP computer science test which takes place in May. The ITLPs welcomed 90 participants from 12 Connecticut High Schools for the test. The test day is carefully planned and allows the students to experience GE culture for a day. This year, the day began with a keynote speech by Dayan Anandappa, … Read more
This week I had the chance to see two of my projects go live (one from my 2nd rotation, and one from my current 4th rotation). Both of them were marketing projects for GE Energy Management, and by pure coincidence, they both launched this week. The first project is an Android and iPhone app called GE Apprentice (click here for iOS and here for Android), which is a tool meant to simplify the experience of electrical field workers. They rely on a paper book and manual conversion, so this will greatly help them out. Plus, we made sure that we created a good enough user experience that even non-GE engineers can pick it up and use it. After all, GE is a leading authority for all things electricity-related – so if you’re an electrical engineer or just a tinkerer, check out the app! The second project that I saw launch was a new website for Energy Management’s Power Conversion business. I come from a web development background, and even though I wasn’t the one who was coding the site, I got to see the entire process from creation to go-live. As an ITLP rotation, you can’t ask for much more … Read more
The ITLP Community Inclusion Committee (CIC) of GE Healthcare hosted an event at the Guest House on February 22, 2013. The Guest House is an emergency shelter that opened in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1982; it now hosts eighty-six men every evening. Their mission is to “provide shelter, housing, education and services to Milwaukee’s homeless who seek to transform their lives with dignity and purpose”. After serving food to the men, the staff of the Guest House gave a tour of the facility and informed volunteers of the different services provided; it became clear, like with many non-profits, that the Guest House has many unmet needs. To help fill their resource gaps, the ITLP CIC Committee will commit a monthly donation moving forward. CIC is a part of a bigger picture, the communities of Milwaukee, and many other surrounding areas. We strive to have a positive impact on all paths that we cross, which is why it is important to give back to our local communities. As a contribution, we prepared and served lunch to the residents of the Guest House which included baked ziti, green beans, salad and angel food cake. We’ve learned that the Guest House’s greatest need is for … Read more
Picture this: I’m sitting at my desk, wrapping up my performance evaluation for my 4th and final ITLP rotation. I see a chat message come through from my new manager. Thinking it’s about setting goals and expectations, I wait a few minutes before clicking on the message. Instead of a “let’s talk about your new role” request I get an exciting question: “Can you go to Singapore in two weeks?” My first off program role, entitled “Repairs Cell of the Future”, is dedicated to updating the technology on our Repairs’ shop floors. I am designated an ‘IT Solution Architect” with my main goals centered on improving efficiency and increasing first-time right metrics in our Repairs shops. It is an exciting role that lets me touch every part of a project’s life cycle, from gathering the basic needs and requirements from our shop operators to creating, designing, and implementing a solution that meets those needs. Of course I can go to Singapore in two weeks! After two long, sleep-filled international flights, I landed in Singapore’s airport around midnight on a Saturday night. After a Sunday of sight-seeing, Monday came bright and early (or late, depending on your native time zone!). I … Read more
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Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Ruairi McVeigh, a Healthcare ITLP intern based in the UK At Healthcare a lot of the work we do directly impacts people and their health and therefore as ITLPs and interns within this business we feel quite strongly in getting involved with the community and making a difference. The UK CIC is a small committee with only 4 members, but this by no means affects the work that we do. Since September we have already been involved in several projects to help both charities and committee’s alike, raising an impressive £570.00 which will improve the quality of living for families and patients who have been diagnosed with cancer. Last week 5 volunteers including myself made our way to the Pace Centre, which is a charity dedicated to helping families who have children who suffer from cerebral palsy. The centre helps kids find their own voice, walk their own steps and discover that they can fully enjoy everyday life and become active members of society. At the new Centre which is on schedule to be opened this week, we were able to actively take part in painting, decorating and a bit of DIY … Read more