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SAP Train Race – Day 1

Quick SAP Train Race Statistics:

  • Attendees: 50
  • Countries Represented: 11
  • Sessions delivered: 3
  • Cups of coffee consumed: 131
  • Microsoft Arc Mice with new homes: 7

The sun is setting on the SAP Train Challenge here in Paris and it’s been an exciting and eventful first day. – The morning started with the 12 teams gathering for an informal meet and greet over breakfast and coffee before we got down to work configuring systems in order to connect to the Gateway servers.

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The initial training session of the day focused on the creation of NetWeaver Gateway services, and was presented by SAP’s own Jeff Gebo. It was followed by best practices from race sponsors Microsoft and Adobe around consuming those services in their native client environments, including Adobe FlashBuilder, Windows Phone 7, Windows Azure & Microsoft Kinect. All three interactive sessions provided plenty of opportunity for great feedback and questions.

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A little after 5PM the training concluded and Somya Kapoor kicked off the next phase of the event by issuing the SAP Train Race challenge. The excitement in the classroom was palpable as teams were noticeably anxious to start developing their winning solutions. 

Social Media channels were abuzz all day with over 79,421 Twitter impressions generated by the #SAPTrainRace Twitter tag in the last 24hrs alone. Thank you to top Tweeters: @paulabrahamson, @_jaws_, @rakdube, @lhz_it, @itelligence_de, @r0b3r70nl, & @mark_kelsall!!

In addition, multiple blogs documenting the event, including some from race participants SAP Gateway to solve Greek Debt Crisis – The Inebriati – SAP Train Race and the dynamic team from iTelligence

A special thank you also goes out to Robert Lewandowski for the beautiful, artistic Facebook photos of the host city. Keep them coming! 

We look forward to tomorrow when participants have the opportunity to get hands-on with the technology as teams spend the day working alongside mentors from SAP, Microsoft, and Adobe to develop their POC. 

Visit our Facebook page to see some more photos of the event.

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