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KaBOOM is a non profit organization based in Washington DC that is mapping all the playgrounds in the whole of the US. Their goal is to provide a safe place to play for every child. KABOOM and the first lady work together to help create a healthy and safe environment for everyone to play. The first lady actually added a new playground with the app herself (

KaBOOM asked SAPs CSR for help in creating a mobile application to help them locate playspaces across the USA. 6 developers from SAP Labs in Washington DC volunteered. Only 2 had created mobile apps before and some went so far as buying their own macs to be involved.

The requirements for the application were at first simple, but over time the power of the native features of the mobile device allowed more and more fetures to be added.

Using the application is very simple, enter the location you want to find a playspace an go!




The resulting list is the known playgrounds for the location. If the playspace does not exist then please help KaBOOM find the gaps in safe play areas and add it. Adding a new playspace is simple and even lets you upload photographs.






Playspaces can be rated and favorited. You can even create playdates for a playspace to organize a day out with friends.






If you have an iPhone, please add the app, it’s free and you can help provide a safe play to play.

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  1. Marilyn Pratt
    Love the fact that not only were people “gaming” for prizes and competing on the leader board during the SAPTechEd Knowledge Quest but also that there was a tie-in to a donation to Kaboom.
    Thanks John for always ever taking your technology innovations and developments to what I love to think of as “coding for good” (sustainablity apps, green apps, causes apps)
    You are my hero!
    “As an extra incentive to play the game and collectively help make a difference in the world, SAP will make a charitable donation of up to $10,000, based on Knowledge Quest players reaching one million (1,000,000) points. The selected charity is KaBoom!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving playgrounds for America’s children.”

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