Since we’ve opened up the registration for the first SAP InnoJam (formerly called Innovation Weekend) in Australia I saw a lot of people raising the questions why they should pay to be at the SAP InnoJam in Sydney.
One of these people was Simon Kemp who I’ve emailed with and who just registered a couple of hours ago for the SAP InnoJam in Sydney. He also wrote a To Jam or not to Jam… Why I decided to sign up for InnoJam Australia after at first being skeptical (there are already some discussions going on in this blog).
First thing first: the purpose of this event is NOT to make money with it. We are just trying to cover SOME of the costs like the costs for food and drinks that we provide during the event and the infrastructure costs (laptops, network devices, IT support, etc.).
But now the most important questions
Why should you attend? What do you get from the event?
- You get access to SAP’s newest and coolest software like SAP NetWeaver Gateway, Project “River”, Project “Holodeck”, Sybase Unwired Platform.
- You can submit your own business scenarios for the event and work on real-world implementations to see how these technologies can help solving them.
- With the corresponding SAP experts on-site you get hands-on training on these technologies during the whole event. Just imagine how much you’d have to pay for going to training sessions for each of these technologies and products?
- You can compete against other InnoJam teams to find out who can do the best prototype within the 30 hours.
- Extend your personal network and work together with others on solving real-life business scenarios.
- The three best teams from the InnoJam in Sydney will be able to present their prototype during the SAUG summit 2011 in front of a huge audience. Just imagine the visibility this will bring to you and the company you are working with.
- Each of the prototypes can be submitted for the SAP TechEd DemoJam competitions and therefore get a (very good) chance to be on stage at SAP DemoJam and get two full conference tickets for the corresponding SAP TechEd for FREE!
What is the status of the work products that are developed during the event (who do they belong to)?
The IP that you bring-in into the prototypes/tools that you develop belongs (of course) to you. You can take what you developed and present it at e.g. an SAP TechEd DemoJam or maybe create a product out of it (given that you have the corresponding SAP licenses to do it 🙂 ).
Can you prove the usefulness of the event?
There are several quotes from people of the SAP community that support the usefulness of the event.
There is feedback from SAP InnoJam participants like Jon Reed, Gregory Misiorek, The specified item was not found., Innovation Weekend Demos- and the Winners!, John Appleby, Dennis Howlett, Las Vegas Teched 2010, The specified item was not found., Different Take : Innovation Weekend Winning Duo : Gregor Wolf & Phil Loewen, Innovation Weekend – I want more of it, Bala Prabahar and the winner of the last SAP InnoJam in the Netherlands How “De Hoogvliegers” won the first SAP Innojam NL.
One of the team members of the winning team at the SAP InnoJam (at that point in time it was called Innovation Weekend) prior SAP TechEd 2010 Berlin is Phil Loewen, general manger of it360. I’ve aked him two questions.
The first one: Which benefits did you get going to the SAP InnoJam? He said “I was able to work in a diverse and multilingual environment, getting a grasp at SAP’s newest technological innovations. This gave our team, … a great possibility, to try out new things and also have the fantastic support of SAP employees, who you would not be able to get a hold of that easy…. Honestly, being able to pick at someones brain and him having the time to explain in detail – what more can you wish for when it comes to new technologies and their creators.“.
My second question was: How did SAP InnoJam help your business? He answered: “Due to the fact that our group won the Innovation Weekend, I was able to promote my startup company in front of a huge and very diverse international crowd. The cool factor was, that customers I had accompanied over the past 15 years were sitting in the audience, recognized me, and came up to me right after the event. The interest in what I was doing now combined with the success at InnoJam gave me a great kickstart and a fair amount of new leads.“.
So are you up for the event?
I hope all of this gave you a little bit more help in deciding whether or not to join SAP InnoJam in Sydney or to convince your boss to give you the budget for participating in it. In case you want to come to the event just register here or write a comment to this blog in case you have questions.
We’ll have to make a tough decision, too. In case we don’t have at least 30 registered participants by July 20th we’ll have to cancel the whole event. Something we’d hate to do given all the positive feedback we’ve received at all the other events before and the SAP InnoJam 2011 in Australia: Call for Business Scenarios.
Therefore make up your mind and register and we promise that we’ll create a rockin’ event for you in Sydney.
Rui Nogueira on behalf of the SAP InnoJam team