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End of June is a sweet time for student community – exams are over and long-expected summer break lies ahead. May be it’s not the best time to organize any event for future professionals but SAP University Alliances CIS and T-Systems decided to share the risks and try to end the educational year on the cheerful note. What could be the best for this purpose if not Design Thinking in frames of InnoJam party?

13 students from 3 local universities overcame temptations of the deserved days-off and moved to the welcoming grounds of Voronezh State University (VSU), the dedicated SAP University Alliances member. The cases that awaited those brave people were written specifically for InnoJam and touched tricky scenarios combining interests of T-Systems, global SAP partner, and VSU in strategic development and leadership. After the 1st round of cases’ reading we noticed the «trembling knees» and had a feeling that some participants were ready to leave immediately. Fortunately, we overestimated the student curiosity and the work continued.

It was much fun to see the teams of our InnoJam-ers almost running across the university buildings with the list of questions and asking surprised parents who brought their recent school graduates to apply for a student status. It was good that parents took the exercise seriously and answered in detail and included imaginative add-inns. After all, it played a tremendous role to make the proposed prototypes human-oriented.

The viability of solutions was evaluated by the head of student lab at T-Systems Alexey Derbushev and the dean of VSU IT department Eduard Algazinov. Both were critical and questioning but adjudged the prototypes have potential and even promised to consider the opportunity to develop ideas further in frames of the VSU Center of IT technologies – the best appraisal SAP University Alliances CIS hoped for.

For sure, the event was generous on souvenirs from SAP and T-Systems and all participants were pleased they made the right decision to join the intellectual cross – SAP Student InnoJam.

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