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1st SAP Youth Forum Athens

For the first time in Greece, on June 8th 2015, SAP organised SAP Youth Forum, addressing to students, young graduates, startuppers and Academia. It was a very successful event, with 270 participants, 8 presenters and 3 start-up pitches. You can take a glance on the agenda and read more details about the speakers at the event’s registration page here: SAP Youth Forum 2015.

The event had three slots. During the first slot, our speakers talked about the Workforce of Tomorrow, and they presented employment opportunities in SAP and in IT industry in general. Angelique de Vries, SAP Global pre-Sales and Customer Experience, opened the Forum and made a great presentation on the millennials, skills and development opportunities and Academy Cube. Of course there was an extended presentation of the University Alliances program and our initiatives. Next on stage was Pietro Iurato, SAP HR Director for Italy & Greece. Pietro invited 5 millennials on stage (SAP Sales & pre-sales Academy graduates, interns and ex-interns who now work within SAP Ecosystem) and held a very interesting panel discussion which made the audience realise that there are many career opportunities for them and SAP Ecosystem is a preferable employer. During the fist break, we had a #careerMeetUp corner, where students and graduates met with SAP HR Executives and discussed in person with them. At this MeetUp, we also had participation from our SAP Partners HR Executives and also had the support of career Greek brunch.

The second slot started with our HANA gurus, who did a very interactive presentation! People from the audience joined them on stage, or were shooting anti-stress balls at them! 😆   Then we had Gary Parnell, EMEA Start-up Focus Program Manager, who motivated young entrepreneurs. Many of them reached him after the end of the event and asked more details on this program. Following Gary, Mr. George Doukidis, Professor and Head of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Unit at Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) presented what Academia and AUEB in particular is doing to support entrepreneurship and incubate start-ups. After that, three young startuppers had a 4minute pitch to present their idea.

During the final slot of the event, we welcomed on stage Mr. Vassilis Nikolopoulos, an active entrepreneur and futurologist who is now based in New York. It was a presentation coming from the future, on digital tunneling, cyber-physical systems and the 5th dimensional social-human space! Our last speaker was Mr. George Giaglis, Vice Rector and Professor of eBusiness at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). He did an amazing presentation on Bitcoin and human-less corporations. After that, the 2 above speakers came both on stage and had an awesome fireside chat on how Greek Universities can incubate researchers. Of course the discussion held more than 20 minutes (as it was expected) since the young people from the audience could not stop asking questions!

Last but not least, I have to mention the host of the Forum, our “mover & shaker” as we call him, a famous Greek stand-up comedian, George Hatzipavlou, who really motivated everyone to actively join and approach technology and entrepreneurship from an amusing perspective. And don’t miss our Ducati motor on stage!

Don’t forget to join us on our Facebook page (SAP Student Experience | Facebook) and stay tuned! More initiatives from SAP University Alliances Greek team are coming up!

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      A Very Good Initiative by SAP at Greece and thanks @Elena Pounenti for keeping us updated on same.

      I would tell to take this kind of Initiative across Globe so that SAP can spread into young generation at a faster rate.

      Good Work 🙂


      Deepanshu Sharma

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      Elena Pounenti
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      Thank you very much Deepanshu for your comment!

      It was a unique opportunity to introduce SAP's initiatives to young people and we got an excellent feedback from them!