The Experience SAP Centre is going from strength to strength, fantastic feedback on all the experiences and competitions on who can beat Jenson are keeping me very busy.

Last month I had the honour of hosting the winners of the 2013 Digital Girl of the Year Awards, Amy Mather and Lune van Ewijk in the Experience Centre. Amy is a 15-year-old Raspberry Pi programmer who loves spreading the joys of coding and Lune, 10-years-old and from Belgium, has already developed her own games and designs robots.

The Digital Girl Award is one of three European “Ada Awards,” named after Ada Lovelace, who wrote the first computer program in 1843. The awards promote outstanding girls and women in digital studies and careers across Europe and the organizations who support them. As one of the official partners of the award, SAP gave each of the three Digital Girl Award finalists the opportunity to spend a day with developers and female engineers at one of the SAP locations.

Amy and Lune, along with their families, had the full tour of the Experience SAP Centre; I was extremely impressed with their grasp on the understanding of databases and what SAP HANA does. It is so exciting to see young women involved and interested in Information Technology.

F1 pilots; Lune, Amy and Dan

Here’s what the girls said about their day at SAP:

Amy – “I loved learning about SAP HANA and all the amazing things she is capable off, and the design thinking workshop. It seems like SAP doesn’t just care about profit but cares about improving people’s lives too.”

Lune really enjoyed the Formula 1 and found the brainstorm game with Lego and touch screens super. “It’s also very cool that SAP helped the German team to win the World Cup.”

Lune, Amy & Dan with their mothers Sophie and Lisa at SAP Clockhouse Place, London with their SAP hosts

It was a great pleasure to host these very talented girls and I am looking forward to seeing who wins the Ada Digital Girls Award 2014.

Nominations for the 2014 Ada Digital Girls Award are open until September 16, 2014.

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