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GE Digital Connect’s 3-Day Hackfest Produces Impressive Results

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This article was adapted from a piece written by Alexa Morales for Forbes.com.

GE Digital Connect is a 350-person IT team specializing in enterprise data and integration. The team sits within GE Digital, an arm of GE that uses its Predix industrial internet platform to help companies run and service their industrial assets (think wind turbines or jet engines).

GE Digital Connect has historically been on the receiving end of requirements, according to Kamil Litman, vice president of software engineering at GE Digital Connect. But the organization recently partnered with Oracle for a three-day hackfest in an effort to change the IT function into a more proactive resource.

The hackfest challenged cross-functional teams to go from zero to idea to prototype, ending the three days with a presentation to GE executives. Oracle developers guide the teams through the three days with Day 1 devoted to ideation and exploring their Oracle Cloud resources, Day 2 marked off for building prototypes, and Day 3 set for presentations.

Once teams settled on an idea they jumped immediately into coding with cloud-based tools they could quickly provision.

“Look at the higher-level Oracle cloud services that GE has been able to leverage in a period of three days: blockchainautonomous databasedigital assistant/chatbot technologyintegration cloudIoTserverless,” said Matt Thompson, a developer evangelist at Oracle who led part of the experience and leads similar on-site coding events for companies. “And to have teams go from 0 to 60 and build outlines of real solutions that are running through demos in 20-plus hours of hacking—that’s incredible.”

The teams found it surprisingly easy to work with the tools, with one member saying that she went from never working with blockchain to configuring it in 15 minutes.

The winner of the hackfest was an IoT solution that makes it easier for maintenance to find parts that need to be repaired or recalled. An aviation team within GE Digital already has its eye on it.

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By Amanda O'Callaghan, Content Marketing Manager, Oracle

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