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Reboot the Earth: Virtual Challenge Recap

What is the Reboot the Earth: Virtual Challenge?

In the month of August, SAP Analytics for Higher Education is hosted an online viz-a-thon contest using SAP Analytics Cloud with SAP Next-Gen, the United Nations, and Deloitte. We sent the winner of this challenge to the UN Youth Climate Action Summit in New York, who presented their solution alongside the other winners of the global in-person hackathons.

The winners were able to attend a weekend full of learning and connecting with the United Nations General Assembly. With the partnership between SAP Next-Gen, the UN Technology Innovations Lab (UNTILabs) and Deloitte, the winners got to play a critical role in bringing innovative technology solutions in fighting climate change from around the globe.

I got to speak with the SAP Analytics for Higher Education’s virtual winner, Harshita Murthy, to learn a bit about her overall experience participating in the challenge.

Interview with Harshita Murthy – Second Place Winner

SAP (S): Hi Harshita. Could you give a quick introduction to who you are? 

Harshita (H): My name is Harshita Murthy, and I am currently a master’s student studying data science and analytics, from Bangalore in India. I study at the Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology.

S: Why did you decide to participate in this contest?

H: I saw it as a great opportunity to combine what I’m studying with real-world implications. I was excited seeing that I could have an opportunity to come to New York and work alongside SAP, Deloitte and the United Nations to solve a problem I cared deeply about.

The topic I wrote about was about the relationship between Women and Climate Change, and how empowering females could help with fighting the global crisis of climate change.

S: What was your experience like being a part of Reboot the Earth?

H: Data is available to everyone, but finding out important insights is up to you and I. It felt very empowering to be able to use SAP Analytics Cloud to unpack data and create a story that made sense out of all the information available online.

It’s been an easy platform to learn, and I really appreciated the way it helped me understand, analyze, and visualize the data I used. I made various visualizations and presented it as a blog, which you can read.

The journey to New York has been amazing. This is my first time outside of India, and I feel thankful for this unique opportunity ahead of me – from speaking with Ann Rosenberg at the Reboot the Earth NYC Hackathon, meeting all the winners around the globe, and speaking at the UN’s Youth Climate Summit. I had a great time and will definitely remember this experience.

Finally, a big congratulations to all our winners of the Reboot the Earth: Virtual Challenge!

First Place – Albert Cherng (read more)

Second Place, sent to New York – Harshita Murthy (read more)

Third Place – Ronald Vera (read more)

Thank you to all the participants for their interest, time and efforts in participating in this viz-a-thon!

You can read all their entries by searching up Reboot the Earth on the community blogs. We are so excited to see what beautiful data visualizations that students will come up with in our future contests.

Want to create your own visualizations using SAP Analytics Cloud?

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