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SAP Accelerates Innovation in New York City with Launch of SAP Next-Gen Program

Feature Article | April 27, 2017 by John Baxter

The SAP Next-Gen program, in partnership with Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI), has expanded its footprint to New York City, opening on the 48th floor of SAP’s new offices at Hudson Yards.

SAP Next-Gen in New York will create an innovation hub, connecting the diverse perspectives of next-generation innovators in New York to SAP’s global innovation and development ecosystem.

SAP Next-Gen is an innovation platform for SAP’s more than 350,000 customers around the world. To drive innovation, the initiative leverages more than 3,100 educational institutions in 110 countries, SAP’s more than 100 innovation and development centers, and startups in the SAP ecosystem.

Connecting “Silicon Alley” to the SAP Next-Gen Initiative’s Global Network

New York City is a vibrant city with an entrepreneurial energy that reflects that of SAP. With the opening of the SAP Next-Gen program in New York, the company is well positioned to leverage — and contribute to — New York City’s blossoming technology sector, aptly named “Silicon Alley,” its culture of innovation, and deep talent pool.

Companies participating in the SAP Next-Gen program in New York will have opportunities to crowdsource with academia on the future of industries, seed in disruptive innovation from startups, and benefit from thought leadership of SAP experts, partners, and venture firms. Network participants can connect to innovation leaders from SAP and partners both locally in New York, and globally via the SAP Next-Gen network linked to other burgeoning tech hubs around the world.

“At Hudson Yards, the SAP Next-Gen program in partnership with HPI will enable companies to connect in an open innovation network with New York academic thought leaders and researchers, students, startups, accelerators, venture firms, purpose driven partners, and industry & technology experts from SAP and partners,” said Ann Rosenberg, vice president and global head of SAP Next-Gen.

“Tech:NYC is thrilled to partner with SAP Next-Gen at Hudson Yards,” said Julie Samuels, executive director of Tech:NYC, which represents New York City’s technology industry with government and civic institutions. “SAP’s innovation hub at Hudson Yards creates new opportunities across our network to attract and connect tech talent and jobs, to support the growth of the technology sector, and increase civic engagement by leaders of the New York tech community.”

SAP Next-Gen program members can take advantage of services, including SAP Next-Gen boot camps, global challenges, salons, meetups, industry summits, and innovation tours hosted in the SAP offices at Hudson Yards; SAP Next-Gen Consulting, in collaboration with academia; SAP Next-Gen Industry Fellows program; and SAP Next-Gen Startup Matchmaker program.

“HPI looks forward to partnering with SAP Next-Gen at Hudson Yards,” said Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel, president and CEO, Hasso Plattner Institute. “As a leading university center of excellence for Digital Engineering based in Potsdam, Germany, HPI aims to form innovative partnerships in New York across industries and to develop new ideas with companies, start-ups, universities and research centers.”

 Innovation with Purpose

Participants in the SAP Next-Gen initiative in New York and beyond can connect to launch projects for disruptive innovation with purpose across SAP’s industries and exponential technologies. Companies can also join SAP Next-Gen in supporting the company’s commitment to the UN Global Goals through the SAP Next-Gen Global Challenge, an intiative where everyone can contribute solutions for the UN Global Goals in four tracks: startups, industries, universities, and SAP innovators. The best solutions will be pitched at a SAP Next-Gen Global Challenges program summit later in 2017, where thought leaders will share insights on solutions for the 17 UN Global Goals, and teams of next generation innovators will pitch solutions in the four tracks.

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