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SAP University Alliances host Wissensfabrik Forum 2016 at SAP SE St. Leon-Rot (Germany)

On June 15, 2016 we were pleased to host the ‘Wissensfabrik-Forum- Event’ this year!

We welcomed about 200 attendees with great pleasure. Our team, SAP University Alliances, joined ‘Wissensfabrik– Unternehmen für Deutschland e.V, a nationwide German initiative for education and entrepreneurship to support IT Education & Entrepreneurship at schools’ one year ago.

Their aim is to promote education and entrepreneurship in Germany by transferring knowledge and developing competency in the fields of natural sciences, engineering and economic education. The network of ‘Wissensfabrik’ consists of large and small organisations including around 120 dedicated companies and foundations from all industries, 2,500 schools and 180 start-ups.


The event started with a Networking Lunch in the welcoming premises in St. Leon-Rot. Franz Fehrenbach, Chairman of the Wissensfabrik steering committee, opened the event and SAP SE Margret Klein-Magar, Deputy Chairperson of the Supervisory Board SAP SE was welcomed. Afterwards the Ministry of Happiness and Well-Being (‘Glücksministerin’) Gina Schöler gave a presentation about her idea of happiness: „What makes us happy? What is a good life? What can we do to realise it? There is a need to reconsider the current state of society. Rethinking and action is needed!“

To bring a critical impulse into our event, we asked experts – Do kids need experiments? How to boost motivation? Many interviews about sanguinity, optimism and joy whilst discovering IT and networking with teachers, kids, founders and mentors followed. By trying out an experiment where our guests took up roles of routers, providers and Domain Name Systems (DNS), the virtual representation of the internet was showed.


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The ‘Wissensfabrik meets SAP’ also featured plenary lectures and networking sessions as well as an award to honor the outstanding Sonderpreis Unternehmertum ‘Jugend Forscht’ winner (a German Contest for young scientists) handed over by Dr. Bernd Welz Executive Vice President & Global head of Scale, Enablement & Transformation, SAP SE in the proceedings of the Forum. The evening before the finals for the special award entrepreneurship (Sonderpreis Unternehmertum) took place at SAP SE Walldorf. The last three of the German Contest for young Scientists ‘Jugend Forscht’ competed against each other and the Jury officially announced the winner during the Forum in the Audimax. And while we’re on it, … Congratulations to the winner Tobias Gerbracht (18) for his Augmented-Reality-Projector! He prevailed in the “World of work”. Tobias presented his projector that can be used to create virtual objects in the room, so that the viewer thinks these are real objects of its surrounding.

During the event ‘Wissensfabrik’ and ‘Haus der kleinen Forscher’ foundation signed a letter of intent. The goal was a cooperation to optimise and advance the early education of children at kindergarten and elementary school age and to foster STEM. SAP University Alliances had a booth at the Forum to showcase IT2school projects and modules during the day as well as inform attendees on the themes SAP Young Thinkers, Academy Cube, and Next Gen-Consulting. A tweet wall has been set-up and displayed social media activities during the event.

SAP was honored to host ‘Wissensfabrik Forum-Event’ in 2016, including the opportunity to showcase opportunities for STEM!

And once again, a big thank you to everyone who was part of this successful and inspiring event.

We completely enjoyed this day and we are looking forrward to our next event!

Thank you @Wissensfabrik!

As a memory to this successful day in St. Leon-Rot, see this film:

Wissensfabrik-Forum Event

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