I live in Melbourne where I lead the Capgemini Applied Innovation Exchange and I have recently discovered that I can virtually visit the San Francisco Exchange any time I like.
Live, real time visits where I can scout around the office and find local San Francisco AIE residents to chat to without having to leave the comfort of my current position. I discovered this new reality while planning for a client follow up to a recent visit. It is my new favourite thing.
Here is the conversation that I had with my colleague Andy Heppelle that kicked it all off...
Barbera (Melbourne): I wish we (in Melbourne) could be better connected to San Francisco
Andy (San Francisco): But we can! We have our friendly resident robot. We nicknamed him WallE after a beloved Disney character.
Barbera: How will that help?
Andy: You can remote access Wall-E through your mobile device to visit the office any time you want!
Barbera [Feeling intrigued, but hesitant... sounds complex]: How long does it take to set up?
Andy: Only minutes...I’m sending you the link now; do you have it?
Barbera: Great, got it. I’m just registering, oh, new password, got it. We have a client in 10 minutes, can I show them the Exchange?
Andy: Sure, I will guide you, oh, I see that you got in, we can turn off our phones now and walk and talk together through Wall-E.
Barbera: How do I drive this thing? Oh, I see... using the new app on my mobile.
Andy: You are driving now.
Barbera: Andy, these are some colleagues and a client here in Melbourne; Kristin, Cam, Ana, Mike this is Andy. Yes he's in San Francisco and I'm driving a robot through the Applied Innovation Exchange; he's giving us a tour.
Andy: Actually Barbera, as you've been at the Exchange before, I'll walk with you but you are hearing and seeing everything through Wall-E so you can do the tour if you wish.
Barbera: This just took 5 minutes from not knowing it was possible to it actually taking place.
Andy: Welcome to our new way of working!
Barbera: I am definitely getting one here. You just made my day!