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This year at TechEd && d-code Las Vegas 2014 the DataGeek team organized the very first SAP Lumira DataGeek Viz-a-Thon with the SAP Community Network and Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF). The event was a great success – using data for social good, promoting SAP Lumira, and training first time users on how to get started.

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The idea was simple, bring together DataGeeks, the Community (SCN), and MSF data into one jam session with the goal of learning SAP Lumira, sharing ideas and uncovering insights to help the organization run even better. The end products were stunning and far surpassed expectations. You can check out some of the visualizations that were created at the end of this post.

We had a variety of Lumira skill levels participate, from beginners to experts as well as some very special guests from SAP Customers and Partners, to University Students.

The Outcome:

A special thanks to the SCN for helping MC and run the event (Marilyn Pratt, Jason Cao). Thank you to the SAP Lumira Experts (Linda Peruzzi, Dong Pan, Terry Penner, Christina Obry, Matt Lloyd, Raghu Ramakrishnan, Ashish Morzaria, Michael Sung, Jaclyn Churcher and Kenneth Li) for supporting all of our attendees with expert Lumira advice. Last but not least, thank you to Megan McGuire and Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) for providing the data, attending, and providing us with such a great opportunity to use data for social good.

You can still create your own Data Visualization for social good. Visit the DataGeek III challenge at SAP.COM/DATAGEEK.

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Some of The MSF DataViz created at the event:

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  1. Jason Cao

    That’s awesome Eamon! 😆 Nice recap and nice blog!

    I had a great time meeting everyone and co-MC’ing with Marilyn at the event. It was an honour to join the judging panel as well.

    I only received positive feedback from participants throughout the rest of the event. So cool to be part of this event and the insights from SAP Lumira visualizations were fantastic. Hope Megan can make use of the visualizations. 🙂



  2. Marilyn Pratt

    Thank you Eamon and your Lumira experts for making this a great experience for participants. Another thanks for consolidating and posting the links to the videos and to the blog from Megan Laughlin about participants experiences as well.

    Looking forward to more feedback from others like Julien Delvat Derek Loranca Eric Vallo .

    There is also another post by Andrew Fox

    SAP TechEd d-code Viz-a-thon, What Happened in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas ?

    Hopefully students Ashley McNutt and Mitchell Grewer will post their perspectives as well.

    Also present was the CIO of the State of Indiana Paul Baltzell with his team of folks.  Paul had a moving presentation during Steve Lucas’ keynote about solving Infant Mortality and data driven decision making

    Indiana Analysis, Open Data Efforts Use SAP Hana – InformationWeek

    Perhaps there are many fascinating insights to be discovered in this Human Face of Big Data.

    Looking forward to doing this again in Berlin.  Wanting to gauge interest and participation.

    I know that Ann Rosenberg will also invite a number of students and faculty.  Those University Alliance participants in this event had many surprising insights.

    1. Former Member

      This event was awesome. It was great to interact with people of all Lumira skill levels and to dig into MSF’s data and uncover insights. I even learned a few Lumira tricks that I have taken back to my job at Grand Valley State University and am now incorporating into our curriculum which will ultimately be a part of the University Alliances.

      My blog will be up soon now that i’m finally caught up on my midterms!


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