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On Monday February 6th we held a SAP CodeJam for HANA Express Edition (HXE) at the University of Illinois Chicago. We had a great day with students and faculty of the university. This was SAP’s first HXE CodeJam and our goal was to guide each participant in installing and using HXE on their personal computers. This served as an introduction to developing apps on this server edition and will also provide inspiration to learn more about HANA and its capabilities. All of our participants were new to using HANA. Led by SAP’s Craig Cmehil and Lucia Subatin, the CodeJam provided access to useful exercises and tools for building applications on HXE.

The University of Illinois Chicago is an active SAP University Alliances member and teaches several courses where student teams solve real world industry problems. Information and Decision Sciences programs and research emphasize Information Systems, Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Business Data Analytics. With a faculty comprised of world-class researchers and experienced industry professionals, it is committed to educating the next generation of business leaders in the cutting-edge technologies and processes that increasingly define successful businesses.

I want to thank my SAP colleagues for their leadership and support of this event which will serve as an important milestone in expanding the SAP Next-Gen Innovation Network in Chicago. Thanks as well to our partners at the University of Illinois for their hospitality.  ASUG's Casey Condon also joined us to promote new membership in ASUG and provided an introduction to Academy Cube, the world's smartest talent platform.

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