BANGALORE, September 27, 2013: India's biggest technology event for students takes off here tomorrow -- and the housefull board has already gone up with upward of 6000 registrations, from 350 colleges, India-wide.
The event is SAP Techniversity, hosted by global leader in enterprise application software and students will spend the entire say at the Karnataka Trade Promotion Organisation's Convention Centre in Whitefield, just a stone's throw away from SAP's Bangalore facility. The technology focused sessions will cover a broad range of topics such as ‘The power of SAP HANA’; ‘Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and their impact on higher education’; ‘Megatrends shaping the world’; and ‘The future of mobility and cloud computing’. Besides this, students will hear from speakers such as M N Vidyashankar, Principal Secretary Commerce and Industries Department, Government of Karnataka; Ravi Venkatesan, former Chairman of Microsoft India; eminent theatre personality, Boman Irani; India’s youngest CEOs, Shravan and Sanjay Kumaran among others.
Mr Vidyashankar, said at a media briefing on Thursday: “It is important for organizations today to play an active role in developing more readily employable talent. Through the engagements that SAP undertakes, students from across Karnataka are exposed to and educated on the latest trends and technologies that shape the IT industry in our State.” Karnataka has set aside an angel investment fund to assist startups with the necessary finance.
Added Anirban Dey, Managing Director, SAP Labs India"Through initiatives such as SAP Techniversity, Student Start-ups on SAP HANA program, SAP Osmosis and others, we want to expose students and academic bodies to the latest trends the industry so that students can better prepare themselves for the corporate world."
Ann Rosenberg, Global Head, SAP University Alliances, SAP AG, who is a key speaker at Saturday's event said: “SAP University Alliances helps to educate the talent of the future by empowering students to better prepare for a successful career path within the vibrant SAP ecosystem, be it at one of our customers or partners or at SAP itself. In addition, we are responsible for building and driving the Channel for Innovation from the Universities to the SAP Ecosystem and build the new SAP Ecosystem – the talent of the future. We are passionate about early talent and their potential to contribute and extend the SAP innovation story. Students who get to know us better see SAP as cool a company as Google, Facebook, or Apple”. SAP's catchphrase for students is Learn-Apply-Share-Recruit ( or be recruited to be strictly accurate!)
"India is ramping up faster than any other country, in embracing new educational technologies like MOOC", Ms Rosenberg added. SAP on its part is going the MOOC way to evangelise technologies like HANA. More than 40,000 enrolled virtual attendees from 158 countries participated in the initial developer course about the SAP HANA platform, one of the largest corporate MOOCs. Based on this success, SAP will offer a new MOOC addressing mobile solutions development for the enterprise.
TechNote: SAP HANA is an in-memory data platform that is deployable as an on-premise appliance, or in the cloud. It is a platform that’s best suited for performing real-time analytics, and developing and deploying real-time applications.