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It’s that time of year again. The air is getting cooler, the children are going back to school, and the SAP Cloud Platform team is packing their bags for TechEd Las Vegas 2018.

This year’s event, happening from October 2-5 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, builds on the great success of last year’s hands-on and interactive SAP Cloud Platform show floor experience. For all those who are planning to attend the event, we decided to kick it up a notch this year and offer even more for attendees to tangibly engage with SAP Cloud Platform technology.

Located in the Digital Platform area of the show floor, SAP Cloud Platform will offer three incredible, large-scale demos that showcase the power of the platform to build applications and solve complex business challenges. Plus, they’re so fun to play! Last year, even CTO Bjorn Georke got in on the fun.

Read a short description of each:

  • Smart Kicker: Participants play a game of foosball while an SAP Cloud Platform connected camera watches and sends data to IOT Services. An iPad app shows real time score and shot insights. Post-game statistics on all games are then reflected in an SAP Analytics Cloud Dashboard.

  • Delivery Challenge: The Delivery Challenge, a favorite at TechEd 2017, is a game where players drive a chariot attached to a Sphero robot around an obstacle course trying to complete the course in the shortest time with the least “bumps”. A sensor in the cargo area of the chariot is connected to SAP Cloud Platform IoT Services and the game is managed using our SAP Cloud Platform Rapid Application Development by Mendix technology.

  • Connected Pong: Participants try to land ping-pong balls in cups in this game inspired by beer pong. Sensors in the bottom of each cup track hits and connect to SAP Cloud Platform. Each cup will be connected, using either SAP APIs available in the SAP API Hub to SAP SaaS offerings or to independent cloud services like Slack or DropBox using the new SAP Cloud Platform Open Connectors capability.

Foosball! Robots! Connected pong! Yes, you heard that right. The SAP Cloud Platform show floor area is the place to be this year. We will also have an entire Expert Bar staffed with platform experts, readily available to answer all your deep-dive questions.

Over 430 SAP Cloud Platform educational sessions are planned for TechEd this year to offer attendees informative and engaging content from solution experts. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the number of sessions you’re trying to cram into your schedule, fear not – you can use the Agenda Builder to organize your time! Happy scheduling.

Don’t forget to catch a Strategy Talk with Björn Goerke entitled “SAP Cloud Platform – Vision & Big Picture” on Wednesday at 11:30AM or attend the “SAP Cloud Platform: Get Started Building Applications to Extend SAP Solutions” pre-conference on October 1 at 8:00AM. Lastly, be sure to visit the the AppSpace to hone your skills in building cloud applications with SAP Cloud Platform.

These sessions and events are just a sample of what to expect from SAP Cloud Platform at TechEd Las Vegas. I can’t wait to see you all there!