Ever-Growing Gig Economy Fuels Global Workforce to Stay Competitive with Education & Tools
SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 17, 2018) – Siemens PLM Software and Launch Forth are joining forces today to empower and educate the future workforce by offering free professional CAD software to a co-creation community of 185,000 innovators that are focused on product development, idea generation and creating solutions for challenges both big and small.
As businesses and lines of work trend towards a global gig economy, Siemens and Launch Forth hope to enable and support the future workforce by providing them with the tools and tutorials they need to learn and grow within their career. According to Forbes, 57.3 million people makeup the freelance community in the U.S. alone.
“Our members grapple every day with challenging problems in engineering and industrial design. Allowing them the opportunity to gain free access to this Siemens software will only further their ability to pursue transformative solutions that will not just change industries, but change the world,” said Elle Shelley, executive vice president of Launch Forth. “Solid Edge, with synchronous technology, is a perfect fit for our co-creation community because it offers members the unique ability to seamlessly import CAD data from any system, regardless of where it was originally created, and edit it as if it were a native file. Siemens makes it easy for innovators to collaborate, share ideas and work freely.”
Members of the Launch Forth community, will receive an exclusive version of Siemens Solid Edge software called the “Launch Forth Community Edition”. This version will be full featured with unlimited usage, but will watermark any exported 2D files.
Solid Edge is a portfolio of affordable, easy-to-use software tools that address all aspects of the product development process – 3D design, simulation, manufacturing, data management and more, thanks to a growing ecosystem of apps. Solid Edge combines the speed and simplicity of direct modeling with the flexibility and control of parametric design – made possible with synchronous technology.
“We believe that Launch Forth is successfully exploring the future of work and our ability to partner with them is a perfect example of a how businesses can collaborate and win using new, more collaborative models,” said Philipp Tietjen, director of strategic initiatives for mainstream engineering. “Siemens will provide subject matter experts to engage with Launch Forth Members to help offer guidance in using the Solid Edge software as well as tips and tricks in the forms of videos that can be posted within specific projects on the platform.”
San Francisco-based Launch Forth, an enterprise-level SaaS platform, is itself an example of a business built to respond to the growing trend of the gig economy. Powered by an open-innovation community of over 185,000 solvers, Launch Forth members participate in projects sponsored by enterprise-level clients including HP, Inc. General Electric, Co., Local Motors and Airbus from anywhere in the world on their own time. Within these projects, members have an opportunity to collaborate with minds from around the world, team up to work together to solve perplexing issues, compete for prizes by submitting their own ideas, models and solutions while also building their professional reputation.
Since its inception, Launch Forth has tested the ability of a shared community membership model to develop never-before-seen products and revolutionary ideas in the industrial testing, home appliance and consumer electronics industries.
GE Fuse accepted the challenge and developed eight products with the community in less than a year, including an on-wing inspection device for airplane engines and a universal x-ray adaptor. Wanting to push the boundaries even further, HP Inc. and Launch Forth have partnered to co-create a city for the first million people to live on Mars. Launch Forth also worked with Airbus to develop a drone services portal.