A couple of months ago I met Christiane Hienger at the canteen and she told me about two young interns who would join SAP for a couple of weeks. Since I worked at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute for more than five years and therefore have a heart for code-loving kids, I immediately agreed to host them at the Data Space.
In trying to figure out which generation they belonged to, millennials and generation Y was all I could come up with. But clearly, the images which came to my mind of a hoodie-wearing Marc Zuckerberg and Lena Dunham with her TV show “Girls” did not match with these two high school kids, who told me that they would “like to work for a company like SAP since it will be much better for their career than becoming for example a musician.”
Luckily, Google could fill my knowledge gap. One of the first hits, an article in The News York Times, sounded promising and told me all about the new generation. According to Move over, Millennials, Here Comes Generation Z, “True Gen Z: conscientious, hard-working, somewhat anxious and mindful of the future” did match with what I learned while speaking with the great kids.
I showed them around at the Data Space and introduced them to some of the IoT stories we tackle at the SAP IoT Startup Accelerator. You can see that these two gen Z members truly had fun with what my colleague Johan Rotomski and I introduced them to.