5,200 students participate in Techniversity 2012

SAP Labs India on Monday hosted a technology event dedicated to university students - Techniversity 2012 - which saw the participation of over 5,200 students from around 76 universities across the country.

The event designed to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship and bridge the industry-academic gap, SAP said, was based on five pillars - Education, Inspiration, Innovation, Career and Competition/Excitement.

In his keynote address, chess grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand stressed on the importance of learning, the need for students to follow their dreams, and challenge themselves to excel in their chosen fields.

Sunder Madakshira, vice president, Marketing and Communications, SAP Labs India, said: “SAP Techniversity 2012 is an excellent platform for university students to understand and learn about key technologies and trends necessary to smoothly cross over from academia to industry.

“It also brings to them inspirational talks and knowledge sessions by eminent people. We, at SAP, are thrilled to facilitate this first technology event for the youth,” he said.
Phanindra Sama, founder and chief executive officer, RedBus; Ankit Fadia, Ethical hacker and Computer Security expert; and Sunil Rao, country head, Outreach Programmes, Google India, were among the speakers.

Career development sessions were also conducted by some of the best HR managers in the country.

SAP Techniversity 2012 showcased a range of technology demonstrations. A ‘Design Challenge’ session on creative innovation challenged students to come up with a product or a solution that could help the world run better. The winner was awarded a cash prize of Rs 1,00,000.

Also, a chat show with cricketer Suresh Raina, and ‘Bandwidth’, an inter-collegiate music competition which featured bands from several universities, were the entertainment highlights of the day.

“There were many bands who wanted to participate. We asked all of them to upload their videos on Youtube where five bands were shortlisted through voting. They are performing here today,” Sunder Madakshira said.

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