Enterprise software vendor SAP is sponsoring a new app development contest that aims to interest young refugees in development. The company is partnering with Streetfootballworld in the effort, which will focus on the creation of apps related to football/soccer. "This hackathon served refugees from 12 countries that have been, and in some cases still are being, devastated by conflict and instability," said Kellie Drenner, senior manager of strategic partnerships at SAP. "Each participant has his or her own unique story, and all have different backgrounds. This event was able to bridge that divide, to bring the participants together by focusing on the two things they all share in common: a love for soccer and a passion for technology."
Participants have eight minutes to present their applications to a panel of judges who decide the winner. Drenner added, "While small in terms of the number of people this event impacted, the impact it did have is significant. It brought refugees with diverse backgrounds together in an environment that fostered mutual understanding and respect. It let them build friendships, many of which will likely extend beyond the three-day event. It also provided them with the opportunity to work with SAP developers, affording them the chance to gain hands-on experience and real-world, applicable insight and knowledge, all of which will doubtlessly be useful in their career pursuits."