SAP Next-Gen Launches #sheinnovates Equality Lounges at SAPPHIRE NOW to Support UN Women

The first pop-up #sheinnovates Equality Lounge is taking place at SAPPHIRE NOW, where attendees can join a movement that supports the UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC) and harness the enormous potential and opportunity to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment through innovation and technology.

UN Women has created the GICC, a dynamic partnership between UN Women and leaders from the private sector, academia, and nonprofit institutions focused on developing the innovation market to work better for women and to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment. The GICC is committed to three areas of action: build market awareness of the potential for innovations developed by women that meet the needs of women and girls; identify the key barriers to women and girl’s advancement in innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship; and work collaboratively to identify and take actions to address these barriers and needs at an industry-wide level.

To accelerate the impact of the GICC, the SAP Next-Gen initiative has launched the #sheinnovates program to build up a global community on behalf of the movement and aims to bring #sheinnovates Equality Lounges to university campuses, other SAP events, and innovation venues worldwide.

Advancing opportunities for STEM education — including digital technologies such as blockchain — can help women and girls to design, shape, and benefit from the technological transformations and innovations changing the world. Supporting UN Women and fostering new connections among academia, corporations, startups, tech community partners, and purpose-driven organizations will help accelerate achieving the UN Global Goals, including #4, Quality Education, and #5, Gender Equality.

Join the #sheinnovates Movement at SAPPHIRE NOW

Support the drive for industry-wide action to make innovation and technology work better for young women and girls: Start your #sheinnovates journey by joining the session “Empower Young Women and Girls to Innovate and Become Technology Leaders” in the SAP Leonardo and Future Technologies demo theater LE527 on Wednesday, June 6, from 12:00 – 12:20 p.m. Hear how you can be part of fostering education and entrepreneurship for next-generation female innovators and how to find and develop future innovators among today’s young women and girls. Learn more about how the UN Women GICC partners with industry and join the #sheinnovates movement to support the UN Global Goal #5, Gender Equality.

Then join the #sheinnovates Equality Lounge panel conversations at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI), booth #658 on Wednesday, June 6, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Meet senior female executives from SAP, The Female Quotient, and other partners who are role models for leading the movement. Hear inspiring insights on accelerating solutions to achieve UN Global Goal #5, Gender Equality. Join the conversation and be part of accelerating the #sheinnovates movement together with SAP Next-Gen, The Female Quotient, and HPI. And enjoy sparkling wine and chocolates as part of a special and sweet experience.

Attendees can also join #sheinnovates Equality tech tours of the show floor on June 5, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and June 7, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., leaving from Hasso Plattner Institute booth #658. 

The movement has already started, and if you are not at SAPPHIRE NOW, we encourage you to check out the #sheinnovates podcasts. Join the digital conversation with @she_innovates, @UN_Women, and @SAPNextGen using the hashtag #sheinnovates.

Ann Rosenberg is senior vice president and global head of the SAP Next-Gen program.


The SAP Next-Gen initiative, a purpose-driven innovation university and community aligned with SAP’s commitment to the 17 UN Global Goals for sustainable development, supports SAP’s more than 388,000 customers across 25 industries in more than 180 countries. The program leverages over 3,500 educational institutions in 113 countries, more than 100 SAP Next-Gen Lab spaces at universities and at partner and SAP locations, and 26 SAP Next-Gen Chapters, as well as startups, accelerators, tech community partners, venture firms, futurists, and purpose-driven institutions. The initiative also leverages SAP’s more than 100 innovation and development centers and SAP’s network of over 17,000 partner companies. SAP Next-Gen connects customers to a global innovation-with-purpose community to reimagine the future of industries and the intelligent enterprise, seed disruptive innovation with startups, and build skills for digital futures. Customers can benefit from services as well as events from SAP Next-Gen where digital innovators come together in an open community to foster the future of industries with the latest technologies from SAP.