After the great victory last year, I’m so happy to have attended the SAP InnoJam event in Madrid also this year.
Don’t you know what InnoJam is?
I suggest you to have a look to the wiki page to get more detail, but basically it is a innovation game where people, coming from different countries, join in different groups and in 30 hours no stop coding they try to solve thematic business cases using the latest SAP technologies such as SAP HANA, SAP NetWeaver Gateway, SUP 2.2, NetWeaver Cloud…
For me SAP InnoJam is one of the most valuable resource in the entire SAP TechEd week, you get in touch with your peers, that sometimes you know form the SCN Community or you’re never knew. You create a team combining different skills and expertise you try to create the most coolest application.
Each InnoJam has a theme, in Madrid it was Better Cities – Better Lives and we got 5 business cases:
- Pooling: Redesign the experience of cities and their inhabitants to setup and actively participate in polls.
- Education: Redesign the information and interaction experience for parents in the context of schools.
- Better my Journey. Redesign the service experience for commuters and city inhabitants in the context of getting around in the city.
- Free Parking ad-hoc. Redesign the service experience for visitors of the city or big events in the context of finding a parking lot.
- Neighborhood Care. Redesign the neighborhood experience for people in the context of helping each other.
I chose to join the into the Education challenge and with my fellow SAP Mentor Fred Verheul, 3 SAP consultants and 1 SAP university student we formed theeKid team!
What we decided to build?
Most of the parents wants to know if their children are feeling good at school, if their mood is ok and also interact to teacher and other parents to help children to feel better at school/home. We created an application (eKid) that improves the interaction between the school/teacher and the parents; and we also had the opportunity to use some cool technologies such as: SAP HANA, SAP NetWeaver Cloud Portal and Windows Mobile 8.
This year, we didn’t start to code immediately, but we had the possibility to learn from SAP coach how to start using the Design Thinking!
I have to admit that I was really curious about, and now, I should say that Design Thinking is really something that helps developers (but not only, it covers the entire project phases) to create an application that fulfill customer needs.
If I look back to that hours collecting interviews, feedbacks, synthesizing information and prototyping solution I‘ll remember for sure the stickies.
This was our working area after few hours of design thinking 😀
And here we are, after creating a prototype we needed to start coding; some of us coded the entire night (I took 4 hours of sleep).
Exactly at 3pm we finished our application and we were ready to get into the stage.
I’m really proud to receive from the Microsoft team their award, but more over they invited our team to present our application to the Microsoft Booth Camp at SAPphire! Is it cool?
Finally I have to thank all the InnoJam Crew, Technical Experts and all the participants to transform this event in a great event.
Next year I’ll attend again the InnoJam, because you learn that you’ll develop like never before.
NOTE: After 30 hours, I’m still here at 1am writing this blog… This is the Power of sapteched 😉