GE Africa Innovation Centre

At the Forefront of African Innovation

If you went to bed last night as an industrial company, you’re going to wake up this morning as a software and analytics company.



Think Differently; Evolve Practical Solutions; Achieve your Objectives: Sign up for an Innovation Workshop today

“We need to stop thinking the way we do currently!”
“Issues came up; we thought that we lacked skill to think innovatively around them; but, the way that the session was set up, and organised: we realised these were solvable.”
“It’s fantastic we have found real projects to work on with our client and were able to think out of the box.”
“We need to set the stages to think differently – and be brave enough to do so!”
“We can carry that kind of thinking with us now – and pass it on”


This is the feedback from our internal teams who participated in one of our strategic innovation workshops in late 2016. From start to session-end, we were able to arrive at 8 viable projects that will contribute significant value to both our clients and our team in their daily projects – both intellectually and financially. 3 were prioritised for further exploration in Q2 2017. 1 is already in due diligence phase for Q1. Another 3 will straddle a number of disciplines and are aimed at facilitating significant opportunities for GE Africa in 2017/2018.

If you are looking to resolve operational or service matters, or want to engage clients in pointed strategic conversations, or need to get your team thinking differently… we can develop a programme for you. We use the best of global innovation methods. Our facilitators are steeped in the African economic and developmental operating context. And we can guarantee that you will uncover unique but viable solutions to key issues. 

Book our Innovation Workshops and Workouts, directly. Call +27 11 072 5000 or email

GE Innovation: In Africa. For Africa

Based in Houghton Estate in Johannesburg, South Africa, the GE Africa Innovation Centre (GE AIC) serves Sub-Saharan Africa, and is dedicated to the rollout of sustainable strategic innovation programmes, projects and solutions for the region. The GE AIC is part of a network of 12 GE Innovation Centres and 3 GE Digital Foundries located across the world.

The GE AIC focuses on three constituencies:

  • Our internal clients, and their clients – in the Transportation, Healthcare, Energy, Aviation and Oil & Gas industries – with whom we work on resolving strategic issues.
  • Our enterprise development programmes and partners – small to larger enterprises, educational institutions and financial service organisations – with whom we work to develop a sustainable supply chain for our business lines.
  • GE Digital and the broader African digital ecosystem with whom we are working to develop competency in our proprietary Predix digital industrial platform.

Scroll down or click the links to learn more about our Innovation Workshops and Workouts, and our GE Digital Hackathons.

The GE Africa Innovation Centre Is:

An integrated centre that is committed to strategic innovation, thought leadership, project evolution and development,  skills development, prototyping, and commercialisation –   focusing on global and local solutions to African challenges, and opportunities – and leveraging the best of GE methodologies, technologies and tools.

Innovation in Africa

The GE Africa Innovation Centre provides a venue to showcase the best of global GE innovation, invention, practices, and methodologies, and to bring together GE’s internal and external stakeholders to collaborate in unlocking opportunities for Africa’s accelerated growth and sustainable development.

Scroll down for the links and click through to our Facilities and Programme pages – and Download our Facilities Brochure and 2017 Programme Calendar  –  to see how best we can work together to achieve our mutual objectives.

Also have a look at GE’s global leadership in the Digital Industrial and Innovation sectors in the links from the GE website below. 



GE Links and Resources – Global & African

The Industrial Internet

With GE Digital's Predix Platform

The Industrial Internet is changing the way industries work. By combining Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication, industrial Big Data analytics, technology, cyber security and automation, it is driving new levels of efficiency and productivity. Find out more about the link between Digital and Industrial.

Read the GE Digital Industrial Playbook

Developers and Coders pop past our Predix Pages 


African Thought Leadership

Where GE & Africa Meet

Direct from our interactive and digital GE Africa Experience Centre: Download Thought Leadership papers – GE and African Innovation; the GE Store and more.


GE Global Innovation

Industrial Innovation at Work

Take a cyber tour through GE Global Innovation Leadership. Your first stop: The GE Global Innovation Barometer 2016. 


The World's Digital Industrial Company

Explore how GE is inventing the next industrial era to move, power, build and cure the world.