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Question: What happens when the best and brightest developers convene in one location to build working prototypes, using real technologies, in real time?

Answer: Innovation Weekend!

Held Oct. 10-11 in Berlin and Oct. 17-18 in Las Vegas, Innovation Weekend serves as the ideal way to unofficially kick off this year’s SAP TechEd events. At its core, Innovation Weekend is a 30-hour-long event that challenges techies to apply their skills to a real business case. Working in small teams, participants not only gain hands-on experience with some of SAP’s coolest and newest innovative technologies, they also have the opportunity to bring one of their ideas from concept to prototype. Teams can be formed at the event or created beforehand. The team that builds the best working prototype by the end of the event will be invited on stage to showcase what they have accomplished during the Demo Jam event.

There’s also a very special purpose underlying Innovation Weekend, according to Marilyn Pratt, Community Advocate, SAP Community Network, Global Ecosystem and Partner Group. Pratt was inspired by the widespread relief efforts called “crisis camps” that mobilized soon after Haiti was ravaged by a massive earthquake. The misson of the camps were to provide services to relief organizations on the ground. Pratt wasted no time in getting involved and soon realized more coordination was needed between the different groups and relief organizations.

“I witnessed the real-time response and the positive impact of people working together toward a common cause,” said Pratt. “I am not a doctor but knew I could help with logistics and other areas. Innovation Weekend will operate with a like-minded view as particpants will be creating technology protoypes for the purpose of helping non-profit organizations.”

Click HERE to watch an exclusive interview with Marilyn Pratt about the underlying significance of Innovation Weekend.

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