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A Round Trip to SAP TechEd Las Vegas, Bangalore and Barcelona!

This year saw the 20th anniversary of SAP TechEd, and SAP’s premier tech event was celebrated right across the three locations – Las Vegas, Bangalore and Barcelona.

To put these events into perspective:

More than 5000 attendees, from over 50 different countries, representing over 1400 companies, travelled to Las Vegas for SAP TechEd

More than 5000 attendees, from over 40 different countries, representing over 400 companies, travelled to Bangalore for SAP TechEd

More than 4000 attendees, from over 60 different countries, representing over 1500 companies, travelled to Barcelona for SAP TechEd

Las Vegas Highlights:

SAP’s Björn Goerke kicked off SAP TechEd in Las Vegas this year wowing a packed crowd with an extravaganza of gifted acting plus inspired, real-time digital application development, driving onto and off the stage in an appropriately souped-up DeLorean just like in the film, “Back to the Future.” Check it out.

Six teams gave it their all after emerging from SAP InnoJam to compete as the DemoJam finalists. We caught up with the ecstatic winning team from Keytree in this video interview, minutes after they accepted their award for their astounding prototype “beApp,” which is connected to the collaborative cloud platform SAP Jam, and is designed to inform and reward students as they go about their daily activities across campus.

At SAP TechEd Las Vegas this year, the company announced SAP HANA, express edition, providing developers with unlimited, streamlined, downloadable access to the company’s in-memory platform where they can build applications free of charge on a computer or in the cloud. Plus, after provoking industry-wide disruption that initially simplified IT architecture, SAP HANA in-memory technology now features new capabilities enabling partners to deliver the right development environment to customers, and extending SAP Web IDE delivery options with offline development.

SAP also launched the next phase in its initiative to transform industrial 3D printing into a seamless distributed manufacturing process with UPS, expanding the program to give even more companies first-mover advantage.

Bangalore Highlights:

The event kick-started with Bernd Leukert’s demo-rich keynote. He emphasized the ways we can use the great amount of data SAP systems generate to get insights that are valuable to our customers. He introduced SAP HANA express edition, and the excitement continued to build as Bernd demoed how SAP technologies can be used to enable live business.

Attendees had the option to Learn, Build, Explore and Hangout while also having to choose from 900 hours of educational content. The most popular zone was undoubtedly the App space. This place was jam-packed for all three days. People occupied the space even before the show floor officially opened almost every day. They crowded in to witness the Smart Vending machine and 10-minute tutorial challenge to get gifts from the connected machine, even if it meant using their own laptops. Almost 5,000 people from 290 companies attended tutorials covering HCP, SAP HANA, IoT and SAPUI5 over the three-day event – a record-breaking high for the company!”

Another key area of interest for attendees was SAP InnoJam. It was the largest SAP InnoJam ever with 33 participating teams. Each team came up with solutions to a particular problem statement but also coded in 36 hours to conceive and build a real, working prototype for this year’s focus – Education and Research – using specific SAP technologies. Six finalists rose to the challenge and competed on stage for DemoJam. The team which outshone all others was the “Amazing Alexa”.

Barcelona Highlights:

SAP Executive Board Member Bernd Leukert had one main message for developers at SAP TechEd in Barcelona: You have the power to break free from the chains of legacy software using the SAP HANA 2 platform, the next generation of the company’s platform for customer innovation. In a keynote jam-packed with IoT and machine learning demos, Leukert took his rapt audience of SAP developers, coders, and architects on a wondrous journey from the outer reaches of space exploration to connected coffee machines on the ground. Check it out.

Watch the VIDEO interview with Thomas Grassl, Vice President & Global Head of Developer Relations and Marketing at SAP, as he explains how SAP has entirely transformed its developer program for digital engagement.

Fifteen teams battled it out during an intense 36 hours of coding at SAP InnoJam. Six finalists made their way to the stage on the SAP TechEd Barcelona show floor to try blow the audience away with their solutions. The winning team “Innovators Tell All” won by 2 percent! Listen to the interview with member of the winning team, Carolina Martinez.
Above, are some very brief highlights from what has been a fantastic year for SAP TechEd.

Our SAP TechEd Online platform is your one stop shop for all replays from any of the three events, so make you stop by!

You can also check out the SAP TechEd highlights video below:


We would like to wish you a very happy, healthy and safe Christmas vacation with your families and we look forward to SAP TechEd 2017!

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