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)

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d-kom – A Photo Story

Let’s try something new for a change. Instead of just blablaing, we’ll give you some visual impressions from the SAP d-kom kickoff event at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, topped with only a bit of blabla. But before you enjoy these impressive images we’d like to thank everybody who helped to make this a successful event for us, especially Dino who joined forces with labs for this purpose.

And now, here goes…

 

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First dry-run. We think the chap all in blue was the boss.

 

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The Arena. “Just imagine everyone’s got nothing on apart from their underwear.” Scott somehow got that mixed up…

 

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Rehearsal on stage. Scott is offering money for someone to play his part.

 

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Nick having a word with the stage manager. Not starting a punch up, just covering the mic.

 

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“Bert said I could order a beer with this thing somehow too…”

 

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“Hey Scott, check out the bird’s eye view camera!”

 

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Dino wearing camouflage. Scott is wondering where the voice is coming from.

 

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Bernd Leukert (bottom right) checking out what we’re up to. “How did we get Brad Pitt and George Clooney??”

 

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1 h before the show. There is no “i” in labs. Team Socks.

 

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Non-SAP-colour-complient socks. Rebell yell.

 

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“O M G, I’m wearing Bert’s socks. And nobody knows. Tihihihi….”

 

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“Shall we tell them that the server is down?” – “No, let’s wait a few more minutes.”

 

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Is pink fashionable again?

 

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Artist. Oh yeah, baby!

 

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I feel pretty. Oh so pretty. I feel pretty and witty and gayyyy. And I pity any girl who isn’t me today. I fell charming…

 

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Showtime. We’re exceedingly happy to present the Smart Changing Room.

 

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The moment before you undress on stage – priceless.

 

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The moment you’ve put your trousers back on again – relieving? disappointing? It probably depends…

 

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But as usual, at the end: everybody’s happy.

 

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Dino celebrating the success. A bit childish…

 

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Forget what I just said….

Fin.

You can find a video of the whole thing right here!