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November 16, 2015

Chico State Students Place First in the SAP InnoJam "Coding the Future" Competition

Jose Diaz and Daniela Gonzalez Diaz of Team Rollick
Jose Diaz and Daniela Gonzalez Diaz of Team Rollick

California State University, Chico students Daniela Gonzalez Diaz and Jose Diaz were members of the winning team, “Team Rollick,” at SAP InnoJam’s “Coding the Future” 32-hour coding challenge, held October 26 and 27 at the HanaHaus in Palo Alto, California.

They teamed up with three students from San Francisco State University and one student from International Technological University and were challenged with the task of creating a tool to get families more active and more involved with their communities through recreational activities via technology.

“When I was presented with the topic of creating an application for getting kids active in recreational activities, I simply smiled because I knew it was a good fit for me,” explains CSU, Chico business information systems student Jose Diaz. “I succeeded by using all of the skills I have learned at Chico State; from my business analysis class with professor Sandoe, the technical skills that I continue to gain working for Web Services, and the teamwork and leadership skills I have learned from volunteering through CAVE.”

Team Rollick created a mobile application prototype that would allow users to find recreational activities occurring in their community by looking at specific locations, types of activities, and even age.

It's exciting to get to travel to these competitions and meet SAP executives. You can find out what employers are really looking for," explains SAP club president Daniela Gonzalez Diaz. “It’s a great opportunity for students to network.”

Team Rollick took first prize in the SAP InnoJam Coding the Future challenge and won tickets to the SAPPHIRE NOW conference in Orlando, Florida, May 17, where they will present their mobile application.