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We are extremely excited to share with you the summary of the recently concluded SAP Next-Gen Hackathon together with Syntel at a top UA member institute called College of Engineering, Pune on 9 April 2015. This hackathon saw 38 students and 6 employees from Syntel and 3 from SAP working together on challenges (business scenarios) brought in by Syntel. The students wore cool SAP Next-Gen Consulting T-shirts co-branded with Syntel and they worked on SAP HANA Cloud Platform. In total 9 employees from Syntel were present at this Hackathon.

Many of the students who participated in the hackathon were from the batch pursuing the course PGD-ERP wherein they learn industry relevant concepts via the program put in place by SAP Education. The students were divided into 6 teams where 6 experts from Syntel were put in so that they could together tackle the challenge questions posted by Syntel which were around SAP Fiori and SAP HANA Cloud Platform and SAP Lumira.

The experts from Syntel provided the required business scenario/ functional expertize while the experts from SAP facilitated smooth orientation and learning curve on SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

The event was kicked off by professors from CoE Pune who welcomed the delegates from both the corporates and also shared a presentation on the ir association with SAP.

Colleagues from Syntel then took over to speak about Syntel and motivated the students to imagine and be innovative. They also shared the problem statements with the students together with throwing light on how these need to be tackled.

SAP University Alliances India spoke about the wonderful possibilities of the SAP Next-Gen Consulting initiative and how it has the potential to benefit students, Universities, SAP Customers, Partners and SAP highlighting the start of a new collaboration with Syntel on the SAP Next-Gen Consulting initiative in India.

The experts from SAP kicked off the hackathon with a great overview of SAP HANA Cloud Platform and its capabilities. This was a very important session as it enabled the students to start working on their solutions directly on the platform. Not only the students but the experts from Syntel benefited by these engaging sessions.

The participants spent the entire afternoon ideating and blueprinting the solutions for the problem statements given to them. They spent some intense moments of coding while also some lighter moments over tea, pizzas and cookies.

The panel of judges comprised of the experts from SAP as well as colleagues from Syntel who evaluated the presentations as well as the demos by the teams and posted questions to the students on their work. The winning team had worked on a FIORI app using SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

We received great feedback from students and hope to see good participation in future events.