I would like to share our experience of hosting a SAP CodeJam for a partner company in Atlanta. This was the first SAP CodeJam Exclusive Edition for an SAP HANA Cloud Platform topic that we hosted for a SAP partner in Atlanta, Georgia in the USA. It was a great experience. Jim Jaquet and I, went to the partner office location in Alpharetta, GA to host this event last week on 10th March, 2016. There were around 30 participants who were the employees of the partner company and they were from different backgrounds including developers, project managers, solution architects, and consultants. Before the event, we provided them with the pre-requisites installation tutorials so that they get everything set up in advance. In addition, they were able to study HANA Academy videos regarding the installations here.

On a bright, sunny morning in Alpharetta, we kicked off the session with introduction of the hosts as well as participants. There was a very nice breakfast served and we got a nice view of the surroundings.

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Before starting the presentation, we helped participants configure their machines if they had any problems doing the prerequisites for running the hands-on exercises that they were about to try later on. Then I kicked off the presentations with the introduction of SAP CodeJams, the SAP Developer Center, and what the purpose of this Codejam was.  I followed up with a brief overview of SAP HANA Cloud Platform. I also showed them what they were going to develop as a hands-on exercise during the whole day.

After the introduction, we started with the exercise. The exercise was focused on building an end-to-end weather application using Java on HANA Cloud Platform. In this exercise, I showed them the first 3 steps while they were working along with me to begin with, and then, once they got used to the platform, they started working on their own for the next steps. I was there to help them if they get stuck or if they have any related questions. This was a good way to get up and running with HCP.

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At around 12 PM, a delicious lunch was served and it was also a good time for participants to network with each other and to discuss more about HANA Cloud Platform services, capabilities etc. It was a good networking opportunity for everyone.

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After lunch, we started with tutorials for developing mobile applications using Web IDE. Jim gave the initial introduction of Web IDE, Translation Hub and how to develop mobile applications using Web IDE. He walked them through step-by-step tutorials for building mobile application and deploying them to HANA Cloud Platform, modifying headers, labels, symbols and working on internationalization of files. The audience was excited to see that they developed mobile apps themselves within a couple of hours!


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At the end, I presented HCP IoT services and gave them a demo in which I used a TI sensor tag which has different sensor modules attached to it such as temperature, pressure, humidity, and vibration. This sensor continuously sends data to HCP, where it gets stored. And based on the data, we created a mobile app using HTML5 wherein you can track current temperature, humidity, vibrations, and other readings,and if certain threshold levesl are reached, you can send an alert to the end user. Participants were delighted to see the demo and they were pretty interested to learn more about that. We concluded the session with this demo and stayed there for a while to answer questions.

Overall, it was a great experience. The feedback from the participants was very positive and they were excited to see the capabilities of HANA Cloud Platform and get their hands on the services and tutorials on their own. We’re looking forward to host many more such CodeJams.

If you want to host a CodeJam like this (Exclusive Edition) or a regular CodeJam or any other HCP-related event, we’re here to help. Please send an email to sapcodejam@sap.com with your topic of interest and 3 preferred dates and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

If you yourself have not yet gotten hands-on with HCP, welcome to cloud! You can start building an application with HANA Cloud Platform by signing up for a free HCP developer trial account. You can learn more about HANA Cloud Platform at the following resources:

SAP HANA Cloud Platform Tutorials

SAP HANA Cloud Platform Developer Center SCN page

SAP HANA Cloud Platform SCN Page

SAP HANA Cloud Platform Podcast Series

HANA Academy video series on HANA Cloud Platform

  You can also reach out to us via Twitter (@saphcp)

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