Business Students Place First in SAP Coding Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 11-30-2015

Kelsey Taylor
College of Business
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Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
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California State University, Chico business information systems students Daniela Gonzalez Diaz and Jose Diaz were members of a team that placed first in SAP InnoJam’s “Coding the Future” challenge, held Oct. 26 and 27 at the HanaHaus café and workspace in Palo Alto, California.

Student competitorsHosted by the world’s largest inter-enterprise software company, SAP, the coding contest required students to prototype a mobile application and present their results to SAP Chief Human Resources Officer Stefan Ries.

Diaz and Diaz, who are not related, teamed up with three students from San Francisco State University and one student from International Technological University in San Jose to form “Team Rollick.” The team’s challenge was to create a tool to get families more active and involved with their communities via technology. They had just 32 hours to write the code.

“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,” explained Jose Diaz. “I succeeded by using all of the skills I have learned at Chico State: from my business analysis class with Professor Sandoe to the technical skills that I continue to gain working for Web Services (at Chico State) to the teamwork and leadership skills I have learned from volunteering through Community Action Volunteers in Education (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 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,” explained Daniela Gonzalez Diaz, who serves as CSU, Chico’s SAP club president. “It’s a great opportunity for students to network.”

As a result of their first place win, Team Rollick won tickets to SAP’s annual international conference, Sapphire Now, in Orlando, Florida, on May 17, where they will present their mobile application. 

In 1996, SAP selected the CSU, Chico’s College of Business as its first partner in the SAP University Alliance Program (SAP UAP). The college is currently one of six “mega centers” for the SAP UAP, providing hosting services and training to more than 170 universities around the world.

Learn more about the Department of Business Information Systems at CSU, Chico at www.csuchico.edu/cob/about/Departments/bsis.

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Caption: Jose Diaz, left, and Daniela Gonzalez Diaz were part of a team that won first place in SAP’s InnoJam coding contest in late October.