GE’s Justin Brown and Taylor Dawson came by and spoke to us about why company’s appliance team started the FirstBuild maker community, how platforms can bring community and product builders together to accelerate development, and how IoT represents the promise of gaining benefits from technology as it connects to people.
Why would GE Appliances start FirstBuild?
Ideas take a long time to become products, but GE Appliances wanted to make the design and production ramp less daunting so young developers and engineers can create exciting new products.
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So it launched FirstBuild, a microfactory based on the University of Louisville campus, to give engineers the chance at prototyping ideas using state of the art machinery and a community of helpers

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