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Share the Knowledge Tour – 3rd Stop at Virginia Commonwealth University June 10th!

Forty students, professors, and SAP “campus ambassadors” met Max Peer, the “Around the World Biker” and learned about open access to quality educational materials from Interaction Design Foundation and openSAP.

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Students and professors from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) along with “campus ambassadors” from SAP welcomed Max Peer, the “Around the World Biker,” on the third stop of his 4 year, 35,000 mile “Share the Knowledge Tour.” Though it was a rainy afternoon in Richmond, Virginia, the crowd provided a warm welcome to Max.

The Share the Knowledge Tour showcases free educational resources available from Interaction-Design Foundation (IDF) focused on making technology design simpler, more human centered, and sustainable. Max also shares Massive Open Online Courses available from openSAP which enable anyone to freely learn about SAP’s enterprise applications including SAP HANA, the leading platform for “Big Data” analytics and real time applications.

SAP is the leading sponsor of IDF, and is arranging tour stops at SAP University Alliances member schools. In the first six months of his tour, Max is visiting universities across the United States and Canada, ending in California in November. Later legs of the tour will take Max to other regions of the world.

Max’s message resonated with students and professors…that we need a more sustainable culture…that it’s achievable through education…and with resources from IDF on topics like Design Thinking, technology can be simpler and more human-centered, leading to a better run world.

As Max pedaled into the VCU campus, Professor Joseph Cipolla (below) and a crowd of students and professors welcomed him to VCU’s beautiful Snead Hall, home of the School of Business.

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While Max prepared for his classroom presentation, professors and students registered for free membership in IDF.

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Dr. Richard Redmond (below), Chair of the Information Systems Department, welcomed the audience and thanked Max, IDF, and SAP for making it possible for VCU professors and students to benefit from IDF’s free educational resources on improving technology design.

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VCU has been a member of SAP University Alliances since 1998, integrating SAP software and hands-on curriculum to improve students’ academic and career outcomes. VCU faculty members provide students with a foundation in business process management with SAP ERP. And SAP’s innovation platform, which includes analytics, enterprise mobility, and SAP HANA offerings, offers further opportunities for students to “Learn, Apply, and Share” their knowledge, including engaging in co-innovation events.

John Purcell (below) welcomed Max on behalf of SAP, which is sponsoring the tour. “We are incredibly excited by this amazing journey and we applaud Max’s effort to get the word out about the impact access to education can provide to a young person.” Purcell continued “SAP shares Max’s and IDF’s passion for simplified design to provide a new digital, integrated and delightful consumer experience to our customers and their customers; as well as sustainability, co-innovation, and giving back to the community. That’s why we’re partnering to help Max get his message heard across North America.”

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The audience heard that SAP engages with university professors and students through the SAP University Alliances program, enabling students to “Learn, Apply, and Share” as they develop skills with SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA, analytics, enterprise mobility, and in-memory computing using the SAP HANA platform.

Max Peer (below) shared his story about his “Around The World” bike journey. His message is that education is the single most powerful way to lift people out of poverty and change lives, and Max is sharing his vision at every stop.

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And Max shared knowledge about free learning resources available from IDF, including textbooks, videos, and other resources on the topic of improving the design process and customer experience with technology products ranging from software, websites, mobile devices, and consumer products. IDF’s Professional Association enables students to receive mentoring and share their resumes among members of the IDF community, enhancing their career opportunities. Max also introduced the audience to SAP’s Massive Open Online Courses available free through openSAP, starting with the SAP HANA Developer course.

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SAP “campus ambassadors” based near Richmond, Virginia attended the event to share their passion for SAP with students and professors.

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Left to right: Bob Sampson, Claudia Reimann, David Grabowski, Lessie Oliver-Clark, Max Peer, John Purcell.

The audience was invited to follow the “Share the Knowledge Tour” online and to continue to support Max by “liking” the videos, photos, and blog posts at the University Alliances Community and University Alliances on Facebook. And the audience was invited to learn more about Interaction Design Foundation and SAP’s Sponsorship of IDF.


John Baxter, SAP University Alliances,


Lee Traupel, IDF Media Relations,

About SAP University Alliances

SAP University Alliances supports colleges and universities in building the talent needed by SAP and its customers and partners, and channels innovation from universities into the SAP ecosystem. In fulfilling its goal of educating future corporate leaders, SAP University Alliances provides connections between students, customers, partners, and SAP experts. SAP donates licenses to over 1,300 University Alliances member institutions and fully outfits their professors with software and curriculum which provides students with hands-on experience with SAP applications, analytics, mobile, database & technology, cloud, and SAP HANA solutions.

About Interaction Design Foundation

IDF is a ten year old transformative non-profit enterprise focused on educating, informing and stimulating the global technology design community. The organization has created a powerful cloud based publishing model, blending free courses with an immersive web site for thought leaders, students, authors, academia, design professionals, futurists and even tech-challenged consumers.

The Denmark based foundation has self-funded throughout its ten years in existence but is now sponsored by SAP Corporation and partly funded by professionals who become supporting Foundation Members, Corporate Sponsorships and Grants.




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