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SAP University Alliances and the Interactive Design Foundation

University Alliances is proud and excited to support the Interactive Design Foundation (IDF) and its’ Open Access Round the World Tour. The Interactive Design Foundation produces free, top-grade educational materials written by the world’s technology elite. Through free and open access to top-grade educational materials on how to design technology, they educate millions of technology designers on how to make technology more people-oriented and easy-to-use. This can include websites, household appliances, software applications, and mobile devices. For IDF, it’s a battle against frustrating, time-consuming, and poorly designed technology that drains our productivity, dignity, and sometimes our sanity. Their vision, shared by University Alliances, is that better design improves everyone’s quality of life. http://www.interaction-design.org/

Open Access Round the World Tour

SAP is the main sponsor for The Interaction Design Foundation and in 2013 we have made a commitment to giving every university student, every designer, and every corporate employee free access to top-grade educational materials. It doesn’t matter if you are New York or New Delhi – the IDF and SAP will literally bike around the world and distribute educational materials.

http://www.news-sap.com/sap-sponsorship-to-provide-free-textbooks-that-promote-simpler-software-design/

How – starting by crossing the U.S. and Canada from coast to coast on bike and in a canoe, The IDF will be meeting journalists, readers and key people at various universities (mostly SAP University Alliance partners), design companies and at local SAP offices. Depending on future funding the goal is to go all the way around the world on bike and in a canoe. Who – The IDF will be represented by Max and joined by Beatrix – and sometimes joined by The IDF Founders Mads and Rikke.

Biking around the world is a positive symbol – a symbol of giving open access to highly valuable educational material which is the core of the IDF mission. University Alliances mission is to provide access to cutting edge, dynamic technologies and thought leadership in design thinking used by tens of thousands of customers worldwide. It’s an obvious partnership and a very powerful collaboration. For further details download the presentation here:

https://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-39155

The objective is to spread the word about The IDF educational materials and thus help raise the awareness of technology as a design sphere and as an area where design can be applied to great effect. To more designers we want to evangelise how better design of technology can produce products that are more efficient, productive, and pleasurable to use. The IDF biker will take the IDF’s open access e-books and distribute them throughout the world, kilometre by kilometre, city by city, university by university, company by company, newspaper by newspaper.

We want to promote equal access to education and sustainability by creating awareness of the open access educational project on best-practice design and associated learning opportunities while expanding the IDF and SAP network. Equal access to education is not only a problem of so-called 3rd world countries. Economic differences exist in societies all around the globe. To register for the Interactive Design Foundation Webinar please register here:

https://www.sap.com/campaign/ne/2013/12_event_ua_ng_influencer_sessions_dec31/index.epx?kNtBzmUK9zU

Sustainability

This is not only an awareness tour. Through global networking IDF shares free high standard educational material and meet prospective readers and authors. The human powered bike & canoe trip does not only spread out an encouraging idea, it also provides the tools for people to be able to make a change. The IDF and SAP partnership helps enhance equal rights to education. Education helps men and women explore their potential across economic, political and social arenas. It is also the single most powerful way to lift people out of poverty.

A very unique way to express the concept of sustainability in a very visual way is, to travel self supported on roads, trails and waterways by bike & canoe. This also represents global networking in a green and environmentally friendly way. Environmental sustainability is a key enterprise initiative at SAP where aiming to help the world run better and improve people’s lives is what we do.

The main transportation will be the bike, while the foldable canoe is carried on the trailer. The canoe is capable of holding 2 persons & 2 bikes including the entire gear. It will be used on lakes & rivers as a secondary transportation system.

University Alliances keeping track of the tour.

Throughout the tour right here on the University Alliances Community we will broadcast events which may include live feed from the GPS Headcam, it may include GPS coordinates on Googlemaps, it may include presentations and delivery of materials to those who want to engage with the tour or broadcasts and webcasts.

The feed will come straight to us on the University Alliances Landing Page and Media Hub so if you want to keep track of where Max and Beatrix are and how they are doing remember to pop back and visit us on www.uac.sap.com

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  1. Mark Yolton

    What a great way to spread knowledge, and the spread the word about education and MOOCs.  This sounds fascinating… Please share more, in due time, about the ’round-the-world tour on bike and canoe.  I want to follow the exploits of these travelers…

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    1. Larissa Bergmann

      Dear Mr. Yolton,

      we are looking for more Information about this great idea.

      Mad Max is a great guy and the tour is a excellent idea. It´s really a good way for SAP to get in touch with Universities and students.

      Unfortunately there are no news anymore about this project available. Can you give us an update about the Status quo? We couldn´t find news on the web of the University Alliances sites!

      Would be great if you could share your News here:

      https://www.facebook.com/SapErpDiscussion

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        1. Larissa Bergmann

          Hi Mark,

          many thanks. This site is very informative. Would be great to have kind of overview about the Europe schedule. To learn at which universities Max will make a stop over. I would like to use the opportunity to meet him in Person once he is in Germany or in the Netherlands. Will this be provided by the University Program of SAP as mentioned in the article?

          Best wishes, Larissa

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    2. Larissa Bergmann

      Hi Mark,

      I just leant that the whole story advertised here is not true.

      Please have a look what Mrs Ann Rossberg is mentioning here:

      http://scn.sap.com/community/events/sapphire-now/blog/2013/05/20/mad-maxs-bike-adventures

       

      and in the article here Mr. Gollogly says:

      “SAP is the main sponsor for The Interaction Design Foundation and in 2013 we have
      made a commitment to giving every university student, every designer, and every
      corporate employee free access to top-grade educational materials. It doesn’t
      matter if you are New York or New Delhi – the IDF and SAP will literally bike
      around the world and distribute educational materials.”

      We reached out to get the material from the company IDF and the response we got was the following:

       

      “sorry but unfortunately SAP stopped the sponsorship of IDF. Now it costs 98$”

       

      The question I have in mind now is the following. Why is SAP still advertising that students can get free material and at the end of the day the students have to pay for it?

      Is SAP cheating the students here just to have a great marketing story?

       

      It would be great if you can clarify.

       

      Thanks a lot,

      Larissa Bergmann

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  2. Larissa Bergmann

    Hi Mark,

    I just leant that the whole story advertised here is not true.

    Please have a look what Mrs Ann Rossberg is mentioning here:

    http://scn.sap.com/community/events/sapphire-now/blog/2013/05/20/mad-maxs-bike-adventures

     

    and in the article here Mr. Gollogly says:

    “SAP is the main sponsor for The Interaction Design Foundation and in 2013 we have
    made a commitment to giving every university student, every designer, and every
    corporate employee free access to top-grade educational materials. It doesn’t
    matter if you are New York or New Delhi – the IDF and SAP will literally bike
    around the world and distribute educational materials.”

    We reached out to get the material from the company IDF and the response we got was the following:

     

    “sorry but unfortunately SAP stopped the sponsorship of IDF. Now it costs 98$”

     

    The question I have in mind now is the following. Why is SAP still advertising that students can get free material and at the end of the day the students have to pay for it?

    Is SAP cheating the students here just to have a great marketing story?

     

    It would be great if you can clarify.

     

    Thanks a lot,

    Larissa Bergmann

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    1. Mark Yolton

      Hi Larissa:

      The blogs you point to are dated March 2013 and May 2013. I would imagine that the tour is finished by now (November 2013).  @Ann_Rosenberg would probably have more details, or either of the authors.

      M.

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    2. Martin Gollogly Post author

      Hello Larissa,

      The tour was sponsored by SAP for a finite length of time as most sponsorships are. This blog is, as with most blogs, a conversation with the community rather than an advertisement. Any students that had felt interested in the topic back in March would have been very welcome to receve free materials.

      All the best

      Martin

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      1. Larissa Bergmann

        Hello Martin,

        please invest the time to hear the videoclip from Ann Rosenberg.

        http://scn.sap.com/community/events/sapphire-now/blog/2013/05/20/mad-maxs-bike-adventures

         

        In this call three times it´s mentioned that the material is free of charge for students and professors. Ist mentioned that the project is linked to the Max Tour that is scheduled for four (4!!) years. There is no time limitation mentioned.

        Please have a look to your own blog above. You wrote:

        “SAP is the main sponsor for The Interaction Design Foundation and in 2013 we have made a commitment to giving every university student, every designer, and every corporate employee free access to top-grade educational materials. It doesn’t matter if you are New York or New Delhi – the IDF and SAP will literally bike around the world and distribute educational materials.”

        Please indicate where it is stated that there was a limitation in time (a very short timeframe only!).

        Was it the idea to bring as many students as possible to the “free of charge Plattform” to charge them once they registered?

        One of your chapter headlines is “Sustainability”. Do you think such a short time activity builds sustainable relationship with students? I don´t think so.

        I hope you can clarify,

        Best regards,

        Larissa

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        1. Martin Gollogly Post author

          Hello Larissa,

          We offer a vast range of materials for free – any student that is a member of the University Alliances program can obtain from their Professor materials including webinars, e-learning materials, documentation on the courses, access to case studies and so on as well as of course free access to actual taught courses delivered by professors as part of their degree where universities wish to offer those courses.

          Could I ask you Larissa for a bit of background. I might be able to provide some more details more closely aligned with your intersts if I knew what your learning, teaching and research interests were. I can’t at present see anything on your public profile other than you have very recently joined.

          All the best

          Martin

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