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SAP and Berlin Geekettes

A vibrating event, the „OTHER HACKATON“

On July 4th-6th with 35 external and 15 internal participants at the SAP Innovation Center in Potsdam. The event was focused on empowering women in tech and showing that diversity really makes a difference.

This year’s hackaton theme was the ‘Digital City’ with a focus on:

  • Public Safety
  • Energy & Resource Management
  • Transportation
  • Smart Buildings
  • Climate Solutions

In the end, 9 really creative hacks were presented, ranging from an application to find you the safest way home (winning team) to an application that helps blind people navigate through the city with the help of mobile/wearable devices.

The results were impressive. The “Get Me Home Safe” team convinced the jury and won first prize: a trip to Silicon Valley to present their solution to an executive from SAP’s Products & Innovation Department. The winning solution is a navigation app for smartphones that figures out a safe way home. For example, it avoids quiet streets, dark wooded areas, or areas with a high crime rate. Ute Benz, an interface design student and member of the winning team, was clearly overwhelmed by the win and described her experience at the hackathon: “My personal highlight was working with developers. As a design student, I usually work only with designers and we just program as best we can. But this time, I had an opportunity to work on solutions with proper developers. That was an amazing experience for me and lots of fun!”

The “What’s My Carbon” team, which developed an interactive tool for energy consumption trends in cities, also impressed the judges and were invited to take part in the two-week-long “Smart Energy Summer School.”

The “Smart Pooling” team, which tackled the issue of increased self-consumption of renewable energies, won the Climate-KIC prize and was invited to pitch their idea at Europe’s largest cleantech competition, the CleanLaunchpad.

Anka Wittenberg, Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity and Inclusion, SAP, concluded by urging participants to improve their visibility in the world of IT and thereby contribute to a more diverse working environment. “Technology is going to change the way we work, we behave and is critical to driving a culture of innovation, sustained growth, and profitability. Nothing has a greater impact on SAP’s long-term success than the creativity, talent, and commitment of our diverse people. Their ability to understand the needs of our customers and to innovate delivers sustainable value to our company and society.”