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We just confirmed that Jimmy Wales will be keynoting SAP TechEd Las Vegas on Monday night!

We’re very excited about this announcement since Jimmy and Wikipedia represent the founding spirit of social media, online collaboration, and community-generated value.  With SAP’s leadership in Enterprise Software of building community, supporting and encouraging an entire ecosystem around SAP, and helping our customers gain value from “co-innovation” built on collaborating with our SAP ecosystem, we are excited to hear what Jimmy will have to say about the history of wikipedia and the future of communities and collaboration.

So… make sure to arrive in Las Vegas by Monday early afternoon, check into your hotel, check in to get your TechEd badge, and come to the TechEd keynote space (The Venetian Ballroom) by 5:45 for an outstanding and insightful keynote from Jimmy.  Or better yet, arrive Sunday night and attend Community Day on Monday with the keynote Monday evening!

See you there! 

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Guest Keynote Speaker
Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia

“Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge … To create and distribute a free encyclopedia of the highest possible quality to every single person on the planet in their own language — that’s who I am. That’s what I am doing. That’s my life goal.

Jimmy Wales was ranked 12th by Forbes magazine in its first annual Web Celeb 25 list and named one of TIME Magazine’s TIME 100 most influential people. Wales created the first open-source online encyclopedia truly by the people and for the people. Wikipedia’s articles have been written collaboratively by volunteers around the world, and nearly all of its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the Internet. Having steadily risen in popularity since its inception, Wikipedia currently ranks among the top 10 most-visited Web sites worldwide.

In May 2008, Jimmy Wales cochaired the annual World Economic Forum on the Middle East, the foremost global gathering of political, business, and cultural leaders. In 2007, the World Economic Forum recognized Wales as one of its Young Global Leaders. This prestigious award acknowledges the top 250 young leaders across the world for their professional accomplishments, their commitment to society, and their potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world. In an address to the forum, Wales declared that the Internet will act as a catalyst in the promotion of democracy: “We do not hear much from everyday people; the Internet can change that. It is going to change political dynamics.”

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  1. Mark Yolton
    Jimmy Wales is a big time keynote speaker to kick off another fantastic TechEd.  He follows on the heels of Tim O’Reilly last year (he was terrific).  Does anyone notice a trend? … community, collaboration, co-innovation…

    In case you didn’t catch Matthias’s comment, here’s the scoop: attendees of our Community Days (SDN day, BPX day, and three ASUG sessions… SOA for beginners, SOA intermediate, and intro to Composite Apps) will have reserved seats up front for Jimmy’s presentation. 

    Here’s the link to learn more and register for one of the Community Day sessions on Monday September 8th.  Not only do you have a fantastic “bonus day” but you also get the best seats in the house for Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia fame.

    http://www.sapteched.com/usa/activities/communityday.htm

    See you at TechEd!

    Regards,
    Mark Yolton

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