#sheinnovates Girls’ Lounges Arrive on University Campuses Worldwide to Foster STEM Skills

SAP Next-Gen launches #sheinnovates Girls’ Lounges to foster young female purpose driven innovators at campuses worldwide.

In a collaboration with The Female Quotient and their Girls’ Lounge program, the first #sheinnovates Girls’ Lounge is opening at the SAP Next-Gen Lab location at ESIGELEC in Rouen, France. Additional #sheinnovates Girls’ Lounges are planned at SAP Next-Gen Lab locations on university campuses worldwide, which aim to encourage more young women to pursue STEM education and gain skills as next-generation purpose-driven innovators who can accelerate solutions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The launch of #sheinnovates Girls’ Lounges is being made as part of The Female Quotient’s Girls’ Lounge at Cannes Lions, June 18-21, 2018, in collaboration with SAP Next-Gen.

Working Together to Accelerate Women’s Participation in Technology

“The Female Quotient is committed to advancing equality in the workplace through collaboration, activating solutions for change and creating metrics for accountability,” said Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient, which create experiential pop-ups at global conferences, corporations, and college campuses where women connect, collaborate, and activate change together. “The destination-turned-movement has become the largest community of business women rising up to transform workplace culture. Anything is possible when we come together with compassion and purpose.”

“We are honored to open the first French SAP Next-Gen Lab at ESIGELEC Rouen including a #sheinnovates Girls’ Lounge,” said Fadoua BOUZBOUZ, research faculty member in business and computer science at ESIGELEC. “In the lab and Girls’ Lounge, students will think, create, and realize projects around SAP technologies and innovation with customers, while supporting girls’ career evolution in technology areas. It is our responsibility to prepare the next generation of women for the future,” continued BOUZBOUZ.

The #sheinnovates Girls’ Lounges also support the goals of the UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change (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.

“SAP Next-Gen and #sheinnovates are strongly aligned with the goals of both The Female Quotient and the UN Women GICC,” said Ann Rosenberg, senior vice president and global head of SAP Next-Gen. “With inspiration from The Female Quotient, and with the example of ESIGELEC, educational institutions across the global SAP Next-Gen network of more than 3,500 universities and schools in 113 countries, including over 100 campuses that have opened SAP Next-Gen Labs, can join the #sheinnovates movement. Girls’ Lounge locations at campuses can help build awareness of the potential for innovations developed by young women identify barriers to having more girls and young women pursue STEM education and careers, and work collaboratively to take actions to address these barriers.”

Join #sheinnovates to Support Next-Generation Female Innovators

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

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.