A new Alliance

San Francisco, USA… and we’re scrubbing labels off of wine bottles in the bathtub again. That’s part of the hybris labs job description by now. Fly half way round the planet, check in at hotel, buy cheap wine, re-label bottles in hotel room.

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(Downtown San Francisco, Parc 55 Hotel, Room 1511, bathroom)

This time we did it to show the Smart Wine Shelf at the local SAP d-kom event in San Mateo, Silicon Valley. Furthermore we also presented Tiles. No scrubbing or bathing needed for that prototype, just in case you were wondering….

For this event we formed an alliance with our fellow compatriots from the SAP d-shop in Palo Alto. After we had picked up our badges at the SAP Office in Building 1, we took a walk through the park (yes park, not bad…) to Building 9 and were quite impressed. A proper lab full of people doing nerdy things! Lovely! They had organised a hackathon as a buildup to d-kom and the house was full. Very cool!

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(Hackathon at SAP d-shop in Palo Alto)

Next day it was time for business. It turns out there actually are still quite a few people who haven’t heard about our Smart Wine Shelf yet. SAP d-kom being an internal event for developers, we took the opportunity to show the insides. Wires, Arduino, Raspberry PI, boom. It’s really nice to experience the interest in our prototypes, and bathe in positive feedback sometimes.

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But  connecting with our friends from SAP d-shop was perhaps the nicest part of the trip. Hopefully we’ll be working on some projects together soon! Great minds think a like, they say (= they seem to be similarly mad to us).

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(from left to right: Nick Wood, Rocky Ongkowidjojo, Max Schrupp)