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November 20, 2014

Team of Students and Professors Take Top Honors at SAP InnoJam Competition

Chico State team on stage at the 2014 SAP InnoJam in Palo Alto, CA
Chico State team on stage at the 2014 SAP InnoJam in Palo Alto, CA

Over the weekend of October 18–19, 2014, a team of students from CSU, Chico led by Business Information Systems (BIS) faculty members Tom Wilder and Jim Sager took second place in the 2014 SAP Innojam Competition held in Palo Alto.

“Against very long odds and in competition against IT industry experts and the prior year’s InnoJam winners, our Chico team took top honors,” said Sager.

The annual competition, sponsored by global enterprise software applications leader SAP, provides students with opportunities to work with SAP domain experts, collaborate and co-innovate with fellow SAP enthusiasts, and develop prototypes of solutions to real business situations. The theme of the 2014 competition was Internet of Things for the Agriculture Industry.

The student team from Chico included Duoduo (Helen) Jin, Alfred Wedding, and Cynthia Johnson. They joined forces with Wilder and Sager to develop their solution for a real-life agricultural situation, create a prototype, and pitch their prototype to a panel of judges. Their first-place award earned them a spot in SAP’s DemoJam Finals held October 22, 2014, in Las Vegas, where they finished just short of first place.

“Tom and Cynthia did an astounding job with the presentation and were voted the second-place team at the end of the demonstrations,” said Sager.