Symon Harrah, IDSA

Symon Harrah, IDSA
Community Design Manager

Symon Harrah, IDSA, is the community design manager at GE’s FirstBuild Microfactory, leading product design initiatives in a variety of cross-functional engineering, design and marketing teams. He also serves as an integral part of the co-creation movement that FirstBuild champions—envisioning a future where consumers and manufacturers work together to design and build products—democratizing the entire process. 

Through his design advocacy and experimentation with crowdfunding, Harrah’s work has been recognized by The New York Times, CNet and IndieGogo for its unique place within the ecosystem of home appliance solutions. He is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design and is a huge advocate for hands-on learning through building, testing and experimenting. “A prototype is worth one thousand meetings!” declares Harrah.

Innovation Through Community: Unlocking Others' Potential

For years, innovation has been seen as something generated in secret, with NDAs signed, doors closed and outsiders kept out; but this paradigm is being disrupted by a radical idea that many see as a wave of the future: Open Innovation.

From our public makerspace in Louisville, KY, FirstBuild is a team of GE engineers, designers, marketers and makers who are spearheading this movement by offering anyone and everyone the tools, expertise  and equipment needed to collaboratively build their wild ideas and validate them in the market.

Here's the kicker: everything we do is posted online and voted on by more than 10,000 FirstBuild community members from around the world, with every idea and project open to the public for feedback, collaboration and validation. Join FirstBuild to learn about co-creating a new world of home appliances and how you might utilize Open Innovation as a tool in your own company!