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SAP University Alliances @ SAPPHIRE NOW Orlando!

Orlando, Florida June 2-5, 2014


From June 2-5, 2014, 19 students and 25 professors from SAP University Alliances member schools around the world joined over 20,000 SAP customers and partners at SAPPHIRE NOW Orlando. Highlights of the University Alliances agenda included several great announcements extending how University Alliances is building the new early talent for the SAP ecosystem as well as driving the channel for innovation from universities to SAP and our ecosystem.

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Key Highlights

Pre-conference Design Thinking Jam: Creating New ‘Big Data’ Curriculum for Walmart/Sam’s Club and Barcode of Life Datasets

Program Launches:

Young Thinker’s Program – Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Program to Drive Innovation at Universities and Research Institutions

Cloud-Based Learning for University Students with Learning Hub – Student Edition

ASUG – University Alliances: Re-Launch of Collaboration to Drive SAP Ready Talent to ASUG Members


First high school in U.S. to join SAP University Alliances: Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Big Data Innovation Centers at UCCs: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Technische Universität München

SAP University Alliances Innovation Labs: University of Arkansas and University of Guelph

Students were involved in 15 sessions where they presented in microforums and demo theaters, and joined panel discussions. Students were also “social reporters” including at the Energy & Natural Resources village in the Industries Campus.

A special thanks to our Design Thinking subject matter experts who presented during the workshop and coached the faculty and student teams!

  • David Douglas, University of Arkansas: Walmart / Sam’s Club big datasets available to University Alliances members
  • Nancy Jones, San Diego State University: demonstration of SAP Lumira for ‘big data’ visualization
  • Robert Hanner and Sujeevan Ratnasingham, University of Guelph: Barcode of Life as a big dataset available to University Alliances members

To learn more, see the University Alliances Facebook page and contact

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