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I’ve been following the details about the Innovation Weekend in Berlin (Hot vs Cold Innovation: Thoughts on the TechEd in Berlin) and in Las Vegas.  I thoroughly enjoyed the 30 hours. The event has been evolving and I was curious to see what happens when it took place in Bangalore.  I then looked at the site for Bangalore and was surprised to see that there was no Innovation Weekend planned!

I thought it would be ideal to give the participants in Bangalore a chance to participate in the event.  There is still enough time until the event (which takes place on Dec 1-3) to plan an Innovation Weekend.  I think what SAP needs is a sign of interest from the community.

Note: I’m not planning on attending the TechEd in Bangalore. Some might be curious why as I’m even interested in what happens there.  I think such events are critical to push innovation within SAP and its ecosystem – thus, I’m interested in promoting them whenever possible.

Of course, there might be problems involved. Below find a list of possible problems with proposed solutions.

Problem

Solution

Laptops with the TechEd image might not be available for InnovationWeekend

Just focus on the On-Demand solutions that are available (StreamWork, River, BI-OnDemand, etc).

The SAP experts from the technologies presented in Berlin and Las Vegas aren’t attending

Get  local experts from other emerging technologies to present and participate

The conference venue isn’t available for use on Sunday and Monday

Ask local companies to sponsor the event.

Based on the #nataschatoteched – A tale of two cities. of the use of social media to get Natascha Thomson to come to the SAP Teched in Las Vegas, SAP is obviously aware of the importance of such tools.  Now, the attendees in Bangalore have the opportunity to show their interest in bringing Innovation Weekend to their event.  If you are interested just comment on this blog or tweet your interest on Twitter – just use the hash tag #innowe10.

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  1. Mrinal Wadhwa
    Nice one Richard 🙂 !!

    So here’s what’s happened so far … Somnath started an email chain a few weeks ago to have a pre/post teched event on the lines of Innovation Weekend … he proposed we do it ourselves without SAP, given the experience we had with InsideTrack I think we can make it happen. But, Marilyn (awesome as she is !) got us some support internally and it looks like the TechEd team is ready to sponsor/organize an evening event on the second day, that itself would be great but a two day event would be soooo much better !!!

    This is the status so far, thank you for starting this and helping in gathering support … would be fantastic if we can some how get a venue sponsorship for the two day event.
       
    Cheers,
    Mrinal

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  2. Alan Rickayzen
    Hi Dick,
    I heard that Gravity played a prominent role in the other TechEd Innovation Weekends.
    The good news is there would be local experts available for this in Bangalore 🙂
    Alan
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  3. Marilyn Pratt
    and in Palo Alto and in Waldorf and on the east coast are working to make this happen.  Shhh.  Folks in Bangalore might get to see and use stuff that hasn’t even been seen in Berlin and Vegas.

    Let’s use the next few Thursdays to plan (as we have done with con calls for Berlin and Vegas)
    I’ll post as soon as I return home details.

    Anyone eager to join us please create a page in our wiki (child page of Innovation weekend wiki page) and let’s start filling in the matrix of interested participants for an evening event that will be held on Thursday.  I need solid commitments from the community side.

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  4. Gregory Misiorek
    i’m not planning on attending either, but i think it would be a bad business for SAP not to do it. why give business away to IBM and Oracle and who knows what other competitor?
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