TIME TO IN­NO­VATE

Gen­eral Elec­tric’s an­nual Tech Mela in Ban­ga­lore show­cased the lat­est in health­care, avi­a­tion, en­ergy and rail­way tech­nol­ogy last month. By Son­ali Achar­jee

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Tech Mela 2013 was a two- day tech­nol­ogy ex­trav­a­ganza show­cas­ing in­no­va­tions from the GE In­dia Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre. The event, which was held in Ban­ga­lore last month, saw nearly 4,500 em­ploy­ees and fam­ily mem­bers from the cen­tre at­tend the var­i­ous dis­plays and ex­hi­bi­tions.

This year the fair show­cased a va­ri­ety of prod­ucts and tech­nolo­gies from the many GE busi­nesses lo­cated at the John F. Welch Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre. From a spe­cial ‘ tun­nel of in­no­va­tion’ where GE Health­care took the au­di­ence through the dif­fer­ent stages of life and the health­care needs as­so­ci­ated with each, to the mag­nif­i­cent CF6 en­gine that took pride of place at the GE Avi­a­tion stall, to the demon­stra­tion of GE Trans­porta­tion’s rail­way sig­nal­ing so­lu­tions on a model track, there was plenty to keep visi­tors en­gaged at the fair.

En­ergy busi­nesses GE Power & Wa­ter, GE Oil & Gas and GE En­ergy Man­age­ment show­cased their tech­nolo­gies in the sec­tor. Th­ese in­clude wind tech­nolo­gies cus­tomised for the In­dian low wind regime, to so­lu­tions for ex­trac­tion, trans­porta­tion and use of oil and gas, to var­i­ous of­fer­ings in breaker so­lu­tions for the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion in­dus­try. The GE Ap­pli­ances stall boasted of a 3D printer in ac­tion and the re­search arm of the com­pany, GE Global Re­search dis­played their work with fu­tur­is­tic tech­nolo­gies such as con­tact­less power trans­fer and bat­tery in­te­grated wind tur­bines.

“Be­ing a part of the GE tech cen­tre is an eye open­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. I can just speak to a col­league and learn about any area of tech­nol­ogy,” ex­plains Gopic­hand Katragadda, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the GE In­dia Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre. “We have de­vel­oped and launched the GE Wind Tur­bines for In­dia, we have also worked on a LED based pho­tother­apy tech­nol­ogy for in­fant care, and we have part­nered with our global col­leagues to de­liver the GEnx air­craft en­gine. Th­ese are just a few ex­am­ples of the work done at the cen­tre that aim to solve some of the coun­try’s tough­est prob­lems. The Tech Mela is a car­ni­val of in­no­va­tion, show­cas­ing the lat­est re­search work done at the cen­tre,” adds Katragadda.

How­ever, it was not all work and no play, as GE ITC also took the op­por­tu­nity to show­case some of their own ini­tia­tives at the cen­tre, in­clud­ing com­mu­nity ser­vice projects that GE Vol­un­teers are en­gaged in, well­ness ini­tia­tives rolled out by GE ’s cor­po­rate well­ness pro­gramme HealthA­head and the affin­ity group GE Women’s Net­work for ad­vanc­ing the ca­reers of women em­ploy­ees. The cen­tre’s cul­tural club also en­ter­tained the au­di­ence with a flash mob and a fi­nale con­cert by the com­pany’s very own rock band.

MAL­LIKAR­JUN KATAKOL

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