SAP Purpose Network Live Launches in Africa to Tackle COVID-19 Crisis Through Partnership, Innovation

Press Release
  • Virtual platform designed to bring global organisations together to co-innovate solutions to disruption, uncertainty from pandemic
  • Findings from recent CodeTheCurve hackathon by SAP, IBM, UNESCO to be shared via webinar on World Creativity and Innovation Day

SAP has launched the SAP Purpose Network Live with a virtual discussion around Innovation for COVID-19. The SAP Purpose Network Live is a virtual platform that connects change makers who are committed to addressing the complexity caused by COVID-19.

Kwena Mabotja, Regional Director for Purpose and Brand Experience at SAP Africa, said: “The platform offers virtual conversations to connect with likeminded individuals, and stimulates the exchange of ideas to support the initiatives presented by various organisations in the hopes to lay the foundation for a more sustainable future. In light of the ongoing disruption and uncertainty brought by the global pandemic, discussions will focus on ‘Innovation for COVID-19’ and will seek to highlight innovative thinking and ideas around how organisations can develop sustainable strategies for dealing with the fallout from the coronavirus.”

The SAP Purpose Network Live focuses on specific themes, including Responsible Business, Health and Wellbeing, Everyday Heroes, Work from Home, and the World After COVID-19.

The platform is coming to the African continent. In the first Africa-led virtual session taking place on April 21st from 5:30pm-6:30pm CAT, the findings and insight gained from the recent CodeTheCurve hackathon that was co-hosted by SAP, IBM and UNESCO will be discussed.

“The CodeTheCurve hackathon that was launched in early-April encouraged youth to use digital innovation to address the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mabotja. “Representatives of SAP, IBM, UNESCO and SAP Africa Code Week will share insights into challenges related to youth skills development, youth innovation, responses to COVID-19 and how public-private partnerships can support the achievement of key sustainable development goals.”

The hosting of the first Africa-led virtual session coincides with the United Nations’ World Creativity and Innovation Day, which aims to raise global awareness of the role of creativity and innovation in all aspects of human development.

Speakers for the virtual session include Alexandra van der Ploeg, SAP Head of Global CSR; Sunil Geness, SAP Africa Head of Government Relations; Mustapha Diyaol Haqq, Africa Code Week Youth Ambassador; Melissa Sassi, Global Head of IBM Z Global Student Hub and IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator; and Davide Storti, Coordinator of the YouthMobile Initiative at UNESCO.

Registrations are still open! Click here to sign-up for the SAP Purpose Network Live Platform and to join the conversation.

For more information, please visit https://en.unesco.org/events/codethecurve-hackathon.

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