DEVELOPMENT: SAP InnoJam Sydney 2011 winner announced

DEVELOPMENT: SAP InnoJam Sydney 2011 winner announced

Crowdsourcing prototype gets the nod


The SAP InnoJam Sydney competition in Sydney has been won a by a team that developed a prototype for assessing the success of new products based on internal employee feedback and external social media monitoring.

The winning team, Forecasting Using Prediction Markets, got the nod from the SAP Australia judges during the final day of SAP Australian User Group (SAUG).

Held at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), SAP’s first ever Australian innovation competition, InnoJam, brought together around 40 participants in five teams. Over 30 consecutive hours they developed prototype applications using a range of current and upcoming SAP technologies, such as enables business operation analyser HANA and Gravity and SAP Research’s Holodeck project, which transforms any white surface into an electronic whiteboard using an iPhone and a projector

“We single-handedly loaded half a million records into HANA and learnt as we went,” Forecasting Using Prediction Markets team member, Tony de Thomasis, said.

“The SAP experts at the event were amazing and the amount of knowledge we gained during the 30 hours was incredible.”

The other two top teams from InnoJam, Mad Doc and Cibernators, also presented their prototypes at SAUG, focusing on document code for lazy programmers and disaster managemen, respectively.

“By holding the event at UTS we were also able to get students involved, with several joining a team working on a plant maintenance scenario,” SAP Research vic- president and practice lead, Dr Karsten Schulz, said.

“Getting students involved and letting them see what our technology can do worked out well and it is something we will be looking to continue at future InnoJam events.”

Having won the InnoJam event, Forecasting Using Prediction Markets will now compete at the SAP TechEd Demo Jam taking place in Las Vegas on September 13.

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