On 3rd & 10th July 2015, SAP Clockhouse Place was delighted to host the winners of the 2014
10 year old Lauren Boyle from Ireland and 11 year old Manon Van Hoorebeke from Belgium were the two successful finalists who were invited to SAP UK Ltd. Both girls and their Mums were hosted by Early Talent Ambassadors Anthony Dugdale & Aaron Ambrose, Laure le Bars (Research
Director at SAP) & Sarah Gillespie.
Lauren & Manon spent their day touring around SAP Clockhouse Place and being treated to some unique experiences.
Some of these experiences included a tour of the SAP Customer Experience Centre with the assistance of SAP’s Joe Carter & Naomi Linford. The girls had an opportunity to try out the Formula One Experience, a simulator of the McLaren Mercedes Formula One car on the Abu Dhabi track brings to life what SAP Big Data Analytics means for Sports.
The girls then went on to have a design thinking workshop hosted by Katy Lion & Aaron Ambrose. It was the first time both girls had used the design thinking format and each described and uncovered problems at their schools before coming up with ideas to solve them.
Aaron, Laure & Lauren in the design thinking room!
Next up was an opportunity to experience the SAP Virtual Studio where both girls had an opportunity to create their own virtual studio presentation.
Overall the girls both really enjoyed the experience and it was a great pleasure for us at SAP to host these very talented girls.
Aaron, Aarzoo, Anthony, Manon, Ilse, Laure & Naomi
Quote from Lauren Boyle, Dublin, Ireland Age 10
“I want to thank Laure Le Bars and Aaron Ambrose, Joe Carter, Anthony Dugdale and everyone we
met at SAP on the 10th of July. Thank you Frank Falvey and Tina Fuest for organising the trip and itinerary.
When I arrived, I noticed the glass SAP building. I really liked it. The first activity was exploring the Crime Scene room, which was interesting; it showed me some capabilities of technology. I then tried the F1 Simulation room, it was awesome. I put on a cool F1 suit and stepped into the Honda McLaren and to drive the car was great fun. Next, we went to the interactive thinking room where we brain stormed ideas about a school topic. We used iPads and screens all around the room which helped us see our work. I found this not only useful but it looked really cool also. We had a break for lunch and returned to finish off the school project. Before we finished the visit, we went to the virtual studio where I used green screen technology to create a promotional video of me talking about one of my apps and websites. Thanks Aaron”
The Digital Girl Awards are running again this year and Nominations for the 2015 Ada Digital Girls Award are open now until 23rd October.
Here at SAP we are staunch supporters of this initiative, as we see the immense importance of encouraging girls and women in Europe to enter Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. So spread the word amongst all amazing and inspiring tech- savvy girls you know. The winners will be announced at the Ada Lovelace Conference on 10th December 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.