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SAP University Alliances announces the “Designing Tomorrow’s Capital Markets” Student Competition

Today the SAP University Alliances announces its support of the newest SAP student competition – Designing Tomorrow’s Capital Market at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Conference in New York.  SIFMATECH focuses on companies providing services and software to the financial sector.   



Student interns from the SAP New York office and SAP University Alliances schools attended the conference and met with officials from SIFMATECH and SAP.  One highlight of the launch event was the keynote luncheon.  Students were invited to dine with the keynote speaker, Ifran Kahn SVP & CTO who spoke of information technology infrastructures and how SAP HANA empowers organizations to use their data in ways not previously possible.  SIFMA attendees and students appreciated the insights shared by Ifran who also introduce the student competition.


“Designing Tomorrow’s Capital Markets” Student Competition

Do you have ideas on how to design tomorrow’s capital markets? Join us!

Today’s Capital Markets firms have been intensely focused on evolving their processes and systems for adherence to regulations. And as a result, the emphasis on R&D and innovations has waned outside the arms war to lowest latency.  Capital Markets firms need to focus on new means to seek alpha, engage clients, and manage risks. Furthermore, tomorrow’s players in Capital Markets also expect their roles to have social impact in the sense there is sustainable capital creation all the while making the world a better place.

Challenge Question:

Today the level of participation in Capital Markets is declining – with the perception that the game is skewed in favor of the few.  Taking advantage of new SAP technologies such as in-memory processing, predictive analysis, cloud, and event correlation what applications would you write or what platform would you create based on “Design Thinking” precepts to change the world and how would it change?


How to Participate:

The Designing Tomorrow’s Capital Markets contest will be open for submissions in Fall 2013. Find out how to stay up to date or become involved:


Students – Register and sign up to the news feed to get updates on contest launch.


Professors – Interested in getting your students involved?  Contact Us


Capital Markets Firms – How to participate in this contest?  Contact Us


The goal of the contest is to create and identify future capital markets models to help provide a connected, interactive and engaging customer experience. When it comesto understanding the technologies available for handling big data, capital markets firms are struggling on two fronts: the IT organizations need to manage it effectively and the business side needs to know how to use it. Regulations and legacy systems also add an extra layer of complexity.

The “Designing Tomorrow’s Capital Markets” contest aims to enable students from major financial engineering schools around the U.S. to engage directly with SAP and leading financial  firms to develop their ideas for business and technology innovations. The contest will address current and future industry  challenges, new technologies such as in-memory computing and development and investment efforts. Participating faculties may include the contest as part of their curriculum. Sample submission categories are focused on alpha generation, next-generation risk management and market and reference data, as well as social and enterprise mobility.


Winners will participate in a design thinking workshop to further develop their ideas, to be held in New York City with experts from
participating capital markets firms and SAP. Finalists will also have the opportunity to present their ideas at
SAP TechEd Las
, being held October 21–25, 2013.

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