SAP HANA for Humanity
The world is awash in a growing sea of data. Enterprise software, mobile phones, embedded sensors and automated devices of all kinds make it possible to collect more information now than at any point in history.
This “Big Data” phenomenon presents tremendous opportunities for governments, non-profits and community organizations looking to foster change and social responsibility. It can facilitate the creation of new business models, unlock new sources of economic value and make organizations more transparent. But harnessing big data can be as challenging as it is rewarding.
SAP HANA for Humanity
Introducing a program that gives non-profit and governmental agencies the power to analyze and visualize big data sets. Powered by SAP HANA, this new perspective on data allows organizations to address global challenges, like climate change, healthcare and education, as well as run more efficiently and responsibly. We believe that data has the power to transform lives, and the SAP HANA for Humanity program helps organizations do just that.
How does this program work?
We bring together multiple parties to make this happen:
General Public: We identify the most pressing problems that people want to see resolved by an innovative crowdsourcing effort known as the Database of Dreams. We encourage you to click here and make your dreams be counted.
Non-profit / Governmental agencies: These are organizations that have the large data sets and have a strong interest in getting specific problems solved.
Students: We help high school and/or college students work with these large data sets and thus become a part of the problem solving process. Additionally, by exposing young minds to next generation technologies, we hope to influence them to explore future careers in STEM disciplines as well.
Data scientists: These are the technical and/or domain experts who mentor students and guide them as they work with the large data sets. These include both academics and industry professionals from a wide range of fields including computer science, mathematics, statistics, economics etc.
What kinds of projects are we currently evaluating and/or working on?
Public Policy: Analyzing street crime data in major US cities and exploring ways to address it
Transportation: Analyzing the performance of air carriers to enable the public to make more informed decisions before flying
Climate Change: Assessing the impact of hurricanes and coastal erosion in the Southeast US, around the Gulf of Mexico
Healthcare: Patient profiling to identify those at the risk of developing lifestyle diseases like diabetes
Economic Development: Providing services to rural populations in emerging economies based on data collected via mobile phones