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Thirty students, professors, and SAP “Campus Ambassadors” met Max Peer, the “Around the World Biker” and learned about open access to quality educational materials from Interaction Design Foundation and openSAP. 

Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey welcomed Max Peer, the "Around the World Biker," on the sixth stop of his 4 year, 35,000 mile “Share the Knowledge Tour.” The crowd provided a warm welcome to Max as he arrived at the newly renovated Livingston campus.

Max’s message resonated with students and professors…that we need a more sustainable culture…that it’s achievable through education…and with free online textbooks and resources from the Interaction Design Foundation on topics like Design Thinking, technology can be simpler and more human-centered, leading to a better run world.

Max pedaled into the Rutgers Livingston campus, arriving at the new College of Business.

Professor Lian Qi welcomed the audience and thanked Max, IDF, and SAP for making it possible for Rutgers professors and students to benefit from IDF’s free educational resources on improving technology design. Professor Qi shared that Rutgers has been a member of the SAP University Alliances program since 1999, and uses SAP software and University Alliances curriculum to help students connect business and IT concepts to practice. Rutgers students also have the opportunity to earn an Associate Certification in SAP ERP.

Kevin Bruzzio welcomed Max on behalf of SAP, which is sponsoring the tour. “We are incredibly excited by this amazing journey and we applaud Max’s effort to get the word out about the impact access to education can provide to a young person.” Kevin continued “SAP shares Max’s and IDF’s passion for simplified design to provide a new digital, integrated and delightful consumer experience to our customers and their customers; as well as sustainability, co-innovation, and giving back to the community. That’s why we’re partnering to help Max get his message heard across North America.”

The audience heard that SAP engages with university professors and students through the SAP University Alliances program, enabling students to “Learn, Apply, and Share” as they develop skills with SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA, analytics, enterprise mobility, and in-memory computing using the SAP HANA platform.

Max shared his story about his “Around the World” bike journey. His message is that education is the single most powerful way to lift people out of poverty and change lives, and Max is sharing his vision at every stop. And Max shared knowledge about free learning resources available from IDF, including textbooks, videos, and other resources on the topic of improving the design process and customer experience with technology products ranging from software, websites, mobile devices, and consumer products.

SAP "Campus Ambassadors" Helen Lee, Krishna Mamidipaka, and Raj Ambati joined Kevin Bruzzio in welcoming Max on behalf of SAP. And they shared their passion for SAP with Rutgers students and professors. They helped them see SAP as an innovation company with great careers for young people who want to work for a leading technology company which uses Design Thinking to create solutions that make the world run better and improve people's lives.

The Share the Knowledge Tour showcases free educational resources available from Interaction-Design Foundation (IDF) focused on making technology design simpler, more human centered, and sustainable. The tour also introduces audiences to Massive Open Online Courses available from openSAP which enable anyone to freely learn about SAP’s enterprise applications including SAP HANA, the leading platform for “Big Data” analytics and real time applications.

SAP is the leading sponsor of IDF, and SAP University Alliances is arranging for universities across North America to host stops on the Share the Knowledge Tour. The North American leg of the tour reaches the Midwest in July, Vancouver in September, SAP TechEd in October, and ends in California in November. Later legs of the tour will take Max to other regions of the world.

IDF’s Professional Association enables students to receive mentoring and share their resumes among members of the IDF community, enhancing their career opportunities. Max also introduced the audience to SAP’s Massive Open Online Courses available free through openSAP, starting with the SAP HANA Developer course.

During the event, students and professors registered for free membership in IDF.

The audience was invited to follow the “Share the Knowledge Tour” online and to continue to support Max by “liking” the videos, photos, and blog posts at the University Alliances Community and University Alliances on Facebook. And the audience was invited to learn more about Interaction Design Foundation and SAP’s Sponsorship of IDF.

Please also check out the stories that Rutgers University wrote about the event.

Next stop: Rutgers. Cyclist advocating sustainability nearing Livingston Campus

On his journey around the world, cyclist will stop at Livingston Campus with messages about technology, sustainability

And see Max’s other recent stops:

Georgia Southern University May 22, 2013

North Carolina A&T State University, May 31, 2013

Virginia Commonwealth University, June 10, 2013

SAP America, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania June 20, 2013


John Baxter, SAP University Alliances,


Lee Traupel, Media Specialist,

About SAP University Alliances

SAP University Alliances supports colleges and universities in building the talent needed by SAP and its customers and partners, and channels innovation from universities into the SAP ecosystem. In fulfilling its goal of educating future corporate leaders, SAP University Alliances provides connections between students, customers, partners, and SAP experts. SAP donates licenses to over 1,300 University Alliances member institutions and fully outfits their professors with software and curriculum which provides students with hands-on experience with SAP applications, analytics, mobile, database & technology, cloud, and SAP HANA solutions.

About Interaction Design Foundation

IDF is a ten year old transformative non-profit new media publisher focused on educating, informing and stimulating the global technology design community. IDF  has created a powerful cloud based publishing model, blending free textbooks and educational materials with an immersive web site for thought leaders, students, authors, academia and design professionals.


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