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Were You Wondering Whether There will be a Community Evening Event in Berlin?

For the past few years, members of the SCN community and other SAP TechEd attendees gathered during our annual SAP Technical Education event to participate in an evening activity focused on rather untechnical topics.  The themes ranged from workshops on:

Not your usual developer fare, but some folks found these special events to be instructive,enriching and entertaining as you can see if you click into some of the links associated with the themes.

The Best Evening Event That Didn’t Happen

Two years ago, in Madrid, Europe’s day of anti-austerity strikes and protests derailed our planned Empathy Evening Event and some of our loyal community members held an impromptu guerilla-style special evening in our hotel lobby to talk about ….well… the importance of empathy in software development, business and life.

Paula Rosenblum’s excellent summary of the event
. How I Got “Religion” Around Empathy and Design Thinking

(note: Bill McDermott’s new book Winners Dream ,  newly published,  devotes an entire segment to the theme of Empathy so we must have been on to something back then!)

What Happened in Vegas Stayed on the Lower Level of the Conference Floor

My own SAP TechEd && d-code experience in Vegas this year was a very positive one and I think I’m not alone in this.  The feel of the event was “unconference” style and even more notable was that there was a great deal of dynamic doing, making, networking, engaging, active learning, and active participation.  We had an evening event, and we are most grateful to the Data Geeks who generously sponsored and hosted the event:

SAP Lumira DataGeek Viz-a-Thon with Doctors Without Borders – A Great Success!
While it was by all accounts a great success, it was a bit removed from the public view…..

Our Evening Event IS Happening in Berlin on the Show Floor ….in the Afternoon

So it is with great pleasure that I can share the news of another Data Viz-a-thon in Berlin.

This time the event will take place on the main showroom floor launched with an inspirational introduction by Megan McGuire, an Epidemiologist and
Director of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s eHealth Unit

Technology For Social Good- An Invitation

Join us in helping solve real business challenges for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in a fun filled show floor event with learning, prizes, and an inspiring  business case. We’ll see who can create the best DataViz insights using SAP Lumira with MSF data. Come show us your DataViz skills by competing, or simply to learn some new tricks. Join us in this highly participatory event and help solve real business analytics challenges with Doctors Without Borders and our SAP Lumira Experts.

When:   3:30-6:30 PM Wednesday, November 12, 2014 during SAP TechEd && d-code Berlin

Where: Theater 3, Show Floor Introduction – Then at 4:00 pm break into teams and go to City Cube Level 1 for Viz-a-Thon

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      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas

      For those interested and who haven't learned of Lumira, there are free tutorials at Official Product Tutorials – SAP BusinessObjects Lumira

      You can also download a free trial at

      Also week 2 of the openSAP course for BI Clients covers Lumira BI Clients and Applications on SAP HANA

      I hope everyone considers attending.

      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt
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      Thanks for adding these valuable links Tammy.

      For those attending the event we are asking to download a free trial here: Get SAP Lumira Free and start visualizing your data today!

      It's also a BYOL (Bring your own laptop event).

      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      Susan Keohan


      This is very exciting - that the #dataviz #datageeks will get to build upon the interest from #saptd(LV) for Doctors Without Borders  at the Berlin edition of #saptd.  I hope you get MANY attendees and they listen to the challenges facing MSF and Megan McGuire.

      I also hope there are many blogs coming out of this event.

      I am reminded of a quote (Archimedes?) 'Give me a place to stand, and I can move the world' - You have certainly started moving the SCN world - and maybe this can help this amazing organization.

      Wish I could be there in person.


      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt
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      I wish you could be with us there too Sue.  But a part of you (along with Stephen Johannes 's flying monkeys) will be going in my suitcase .  I mean your "I Gave" buttons.

      You will be there in my slide too!

      Steven Lofthouse is doing the Mentor Pack proud by bringing students.  I know that it will be an amazing opportunity to learn, share and promote the work of this organization we all seem to support so passionately.

      Just finalizing details with datageek and msf folks.

      I love how this is coming together and you are so inspirational Sue.

      Author's profile photo Craig Cmehil
      Craig Cmehil

      I loved the fact you drove this community event to a success in Vegas! I quietly smiled and cheered when I heard your event surpassed the Hackers' Night in terms of attendees!

      Best of luck in Berlin!!!

      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt
      Blog Post Author

      Thank you Craig, Craig Cmehil the original "underground" event planner that you are!  You were the inspiration for the first Design Slam when you challenged me back in 2006.  We've travelled a great many events together.  I'm sure Berlin will rock.  Telling everyone that will listen about your Hacker Lounge, Mini Code Jams and Developer Garage.

      Well, it seems I'll be back in the "basement" in Berlin after all but the cubes are cool.  As is the design of this year's event.  See you in Berlin!

      Author's profile photo Jeroen van der A
      Jeroen van der A

      Hi Marilyn,

      looking forward to it. I will be attending.


      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt
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      See you there Jeroen van der A