When in hospital, we are in the hands of doctors and nurses. But the hands that heal need to be as clean as possible. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention proper hand washing is the easiest and most effective way to prevent hospital-acquired infections, which cause nearly 100,000 deaths each year and cost billions. GE Reports reported on a brilliant solution to help medical staff track handwashing at healthcare institutions.
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Parents whose children suffer from type 1 diabetes are facing a particularly tough task. Raising the offspring is a challenge in its own right, but they must also help the kids to get along with the disease. This is why it is key to develop solutions that would help educate children and shape their disease-related routines from early on. According to the World Health Organisation, 347 million people suffer from diabetes worldwide, 10% of those is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes which tends to develop in the early stages of life. 490 000 children in the world suffer from diabetes. This effects not only their lives, but also their families’. Who can come up with a technology solution that would have an impact on more than a million lives globally? Young innovators from CEE surely can.
Guest post Agnieszka Jankowska, Director Government Affairs and EU Policy GE Central Europe.
As you could read in a recent guest post by a Hungarian Member of the European Parliament, who’s nickname is ‘Ms Innovation’ there, history taught us that mankind can overcome crisis either by wars or innovation. We Europeans have a bad historical record of wars in the 20th century therefore we should happily vote for the second tool. But innovation cannot be done only by the EU, the government or by the business or by individuals on a large scale. They jointly have to change the European or our country’s culture for a more innovation friendly one. Who and how should make it happen is the next question you may ask.
Wondering how to teach your kids to be eco-friendly in a fun and exciting way? National Geographic, GE, and the Center for Science teamed up to create an excellent way to do that. Plan It Green: The Big Switch is a new, free online game that makes kids to mayors of their own cities, let them take over the planning. Today’s young people will be tomorrow’s engineers, utility executives and energy consumers, so it is time to switch the game on and let the fun begin!
For some it is time to rest, the start of spring, or the biggest Christian celebration and for many it is the time to follow traditions that go back to pagan times. For us, it is a reason to share with you the Easter traditions in CEE that show that, although we are different in many aspects, our beliefs have quite a lot in common. Do you plan to whip or sprinkle this season, or are you about to tap your eggs?
Unfortunately when it comes to private matters, we can not give you an ultimate answer. But as for working life, a recent study reported on the most important factors for engineers when choosing an employer: according to the results of the 12th annual ranking of "Company for engineers” conducted among 2 215 Polish engineers these are the possibility of development, international work environment and attractive salary. In this year's ranking engineers the most appreciated the companies are from energy and electrical with 5 of them in the top 10. GE was the second in the ranking.
Some 800 participants attend the global GE Women's Network conference in Orlando. GE Women's Network has grown from 42 hubs in the US and Europe in 1997 into 171 hubs located in 45 countries around the world today. This year's conference has a self explanatory title: ‘The Leader in You’. What are all these women talk about? We focus on what the Network is about: the growth, retention and attraction of talented women. In addition our mission also includes fostering cultural change. We have 7 representatives from our CEE region attending and we agreed that we will update this post regularly to share our experience with the readers. As one of the speakers, I am on the spot to keep you all informed so stay tuned for more updates and video messages!
Innovation is far more then R&D, therefore when it comes to the list of the most innovative countries of the world, many factors are considered crucial. Productivity, high-tech density, researcher concentration and manufacturing capability are key to success - see why CEE countries got among the best 50 in Bloomberg’s 50 Most Innovative Countries list, and why some countries in the region performed better than China, Hong Kong or Malaysia.
NASA founded Singularity University has launched its second Global Impact Competition in CEE. This year the prize is worth of $25.000 for the two top entries, as two scholarships to the Summer Program of the NASA-based university will go to the best projects. Innovators from the CEE region and Turkey can apply with projects aiming to improve the lives of at least one million people in their region. Entries close 15 February, so if you want to take part, act quickly!
Breaking: The findings of the GE Global Innovation Barometer are now public.
It is like driving in the fog: You would like to overtake a slower car as your vehicle has the ability, the power and you feel capable of maneuvering. However, you stay behind as you do not know what to expect in the lane ahead. The same is happening with innovation: „Innovation Vertigo” is uneasiness with the changing dynamics of today’s business landscape and uncertainty over the best path forward. „Innovators must be resilient or risk being left behind” – said Beth Comstock, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of GE. Is it time to find new ways – or simply, just turn your foglights on?