The Big One
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Lucy: ‘Office Envy’ stories rarely make it to The Big One, but this time we have an exclusive one – a sneak peek into Microsoft’s The Garage, a new collaboration space at One Memorial Drive in Cambridge.
When Satya Nadella became Microsoft’s third CEO in 2014, he made it clear he was on a mission to refresh the company’s culture. That mission is now being translated into a tangible space where local Microsoft employees can collaborate and learn new skills.
Located on the second floor of the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center (or N.E.R.D.) in Kendall Square, The Garage is equipped with 3-D printers, design tools and even a virtual reality room. Events, hackathons and presentations in line with the desire to foster innovation among employees are also part of the plan.
Two weeks in advance of the grand opening scheduled for April 26, I was given a special preview of the new space. As Head of The Garage Linda Thackeray defined it, the area is a “white space” where people can create new things as makers, meet people from other departments, perhaps fail, learn skills and then take it all back to their daily job. The space is open 24/7, she said.
Here’s a gallery of all the photos I took during my tour, with detailed captions on each of the four areas of The Garage. Read more: Office Envy: Inside Microsoft’s The Garage, Where Employees Have Access to a VR Room [Exclusive]