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SAP Mentors Stay Curious at SAP TechEd Barcelona 2017

Barcelona was the last SAP TechEd of 2017. It was supposed to be the culmination of lessons learned from previous TechEds, ideas you had in the back of your mind but was too afraid to voice, and for some, another opportunity to share their knowledge in-person with those seeking it. Thanks to our SAP TechEd team, the event in Barcelona did not disappoint! I especially liked the improvements to the Community Clubhouse with its blinged-out carpeting and sheer amount of new and familiar visitors it attracted.

SAP Mentors stepped up to help improve engagement and to give attendees a memorable experience since they understand it is important for anybody involved with TechEd (organizers, attendees, speakers and exhibitors). I’m most proud and thankful of Mentors for staffing the Mentors Lemonade stand (booth), giving Mindfulness sessions, leading showfloor tours, and conducting soft-skills seminars in the Mentors Room. And let’s not forget #goatspotting activities with Capra. There is much more to be thankful for, including Bjoern Goerke ‘s invitation for Mentors to stand and be recognized during his keynote.

As with previous post-TechEd blogs, I want to share with you a series of interviews Mentors hosted or participated as guests in Barcelona. I feel these live interviews show some of the best qualities of SAP Mentors – curiosity and willingness to share! Thanks to Jason Lax for coordinating most of these interviews.

Sit back, relax and enjoy these 19 interview replays!

SAP Mentor Diego Dora speaks to SAP VP of Industry Strategy and Innovation Portfolio Ulrich Scholl about Blockchain: Relevant Technology for Building New Business Apps


Fellow SAP Mentors Julia Dorbic (Co-create Lead at Phillips Design) and Seung Chan Lim (Executive Coach and Meta-Designer) discuss the concept of Bringing Design to Human-Human Interaction


SAP Mentor Raquel Pereira da Cunha chats with SAP Support Architect Patrick Schmidt about Change Control Management


SAP EVP & Chief Knowledge Officer Bernd Welz gets interviewed by Mentor Luis Felipe Lanz about Developing the Right Skills to Win in the Digital Transformation


David Ruiz Badia speaks to Head of Global Support Center Spain Bernhard Luecke about Self-Service Support and Community


Mentor Martin Fischer brings out the story of Co-Innovation with Former Member UX Architect of Merck Group and Michael Falk Chief Product Manager of SAP Fiori and Co-Pilot


Don’t miss Mentor Florian Henninger’s interview with Mentor alumnus and Head of CxP Engineering in SAP IT Oliver Kohl and Gali Kling Schneider Head of SAP Community, as they speak about the SAP Community’s Path Forward.


Are you ready for this? Mentor Gareth Ryan speaks to Former Member and Sebastian Wieczorek about SAP Leonardo Machine Learning Foundation


SAP Solution Manager: A Hacker Tool or a Tool for Security Administrators? Mentor Christian Braukmüller gets to the bottom of this question with Frank Buchholz, SAP Security Architect.


Mentor Former Member speaks to Ben Christensen SAP Next-Gen Purpose Driven Innovation Manager about Science Fiction or Fact?


One of the hottest topics at TechEd this year – Security! Gregor Wolf speaks to SAP Product Manager Kristian Lehment about Securing Your Hybrid Landscape: SAP’s Security Product Portfolio


Former Member has a chat with Basile Michardiere, Head of Community at MakeSense to learn more about how this Ultimate Social Entrepreneurship Platform helps engage citizens around the world


Getting to know Sindhu Gangadharan VP and Head of Product Management for Cloud Platform IoT, Former Member asks a few interesting questions of a SAP veteran in this spotlight


Former Member and Global Director of Innovation Former Member speaks to Ben Christensen about the #sheinnovates movement, and how it is helping to expose female technologist in our ecosystem.


Diego Dora speaks to fellow SAP Mentors DJ Adams and Gareth Ryan about career opportunities opening up because of cloud-based computing. The Case for a New Role: The Cloud Platform Technician.


Continuing with Cloud, Jan Penninkhof learns from Cloud Platform Evangelist and Mentor Alumnus Matthias Steiner What’s New on SAP Cloud Platform


Education at TechEd is not complete without a chat with Thomas Jung, Mentor Alumnus and Chief Product Expert for SAP HANA. Christian Drumm finds out What’s New in SAP HANA Native Development.


Midhun VP learns about the journey towards SAP Leonardo from Ulrich Klingels and Former Member from the SAP Knowledge team. Your Enablement Path Towards SAP Leonardo.


On the showfloor, Former Member gets the perspective of Mentor Former Member about Differentiating in a Digital World.



Bonus: Spotlight on Developer Heroes!

Learn from Mentor Christian DrummLars HvamWouter Lemaire and Abdulbasit Gulsen what motivates them.


For more SAP Mentors videos, interviews and discussions, be sure to check out Rafael Guimbala‘s blog post SAP Mentors at SAP TechEd Barcelona (where you’ll hear from Mentors in different languages :-)).

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      Author's profile photo Jason Lax
      Jason Lax

      It's really nice to see these all in one place like this.  The SAP Mentors not only hosted and participated in interviews but provided more than a few topics too. It's always a pleasure to work with them and listen in on these.

      Author's profile photo Raquel Pereira da Cunha
      Raquel Pereira da Cunha

      It’s always a pleasure to work with you too Jason Lax! Congrats for you and team for a great work and thanks for the opportunity.

      Author's profile photo Raquel Pereira da Cunha
      Raquel Pereira da Cunha

      Thanks Jason Cao for listing them all here. The interview for SAP Teched Live is always one of the highlights of the event for me.

      Author's profile photo Jason Cao
      Jason Cao
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Raquel! I'm glad that so many Mentors have volunteered to participate. It's always tough to get in front of the camera (especially for a live broadcast) for the first time. You and others who have done this now can certainly tell others it's not difficult at all, but enjoyable. 🙂

      Author's profile photo Bernhard Luecke
      Bernhard Luecke

      Hi Jason,

      great to have all the SAP Mentors interviews jointly in one place, covering key topics of and for the ecosystem. Happy to have contributed!



      Author's profile photo Jason Cao
      Jason Cao
      Blog Post Author

      Thank you Bernhard!