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SAP SMB Innovation Summit Hackathon

If you have attended any hackathons in the past, then you know how much time it takes to get a project started: decide on what to build, pick a programming language, pick a web framework.

Unfortunately we don't have much time for this exercise, therefore we tried to keep things simple so your team can get up to speed quickly and build a great prototype. Don't take the samples as a worldclass code, we took several shortcuts to make sure you onboard quickly. Most importantly, the quality of your code won't be evaluated.

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How It Works

For this hackathon, your team should develop an innovative prototype that leverages one or many services in the SAP Cloud Platform. This prototype should implement a Loosely Coupled Architecture, making no [or very little] usage of components in the backend systems (SAP Business One and/or SAP Business ByDesign).

That means no SDK is required to create your prototype. The ERPs should be used as black boxes accessed via data APIs. A great example is explained in this blog and several other resources in the Loosely Coupled Topics for SMBs page.

Understanding the specifics of each service is not trivial. That's why we prepared a set of Build Blocks that are straightforward to consume and also will help you understand the key concepts from each technology.

Our SAP Experts will be available during the hackathon hours to answer questions and provide advice in case your team needs guidance

Your team will have approximately 7 hours to develop a prototype and present it at the end of the day to a panel of judges and the hackathon audience.

The Judgement Criteria is in the FAQ and your final presentation should be of 5 minutes. The three best prototypes will be chosen and the winner announced on Finn Backer's Keynote in the next morning.


Cloud Environment

You cloud application prototype will heavily rely on SAP Cloud Platform services. So make sure you have:

Development Environment

The SAP Cloud Platform Cloud Foundry natively supports many programming languages using the so called System BuildPacks. The open source community has also created several other Buildpacks, for example .Net. With that many runtimes, you can choose the developer environment that best suits you. Here are some examples to get you started:

  •  Mac OS X: Xcode OR Visual Studio Code
  •  Windows: Visual Studio
  •  Ubuntu /  Linux Mint: sudo apt-get install build-essential
  •  Fedora: sudo dnf groupinstall "Development Tools"
  •  OpenSUSE: sudo zypper install --type pattern devel_basis

Note: Most samples presented here are developed in NodeJS. If you are new to Node or Express, Take a look at Node.js and Express crash course by

Getting Started

If you are comfortable and understood the concept of building Intelligent Solutions with a Loosely Coupled architecture, you are good to go. Else, take a look at the articles mentioned in the How it Works session.

A bit of strategy can also help you this article about winning hackathons have great hints.

Check our Build Block list to get some inspiration. Also, the samples we developed in the past might also give you some ideas. Ask for the help of our experts if you need some guidance.

Whatever the runtime and programming language you choose, your application will run the SAP Cloud Platform Cloud Foundry. To get an idea of how to deploy, monitor and consume services in this environment, check the dedicated build block

List of Build Blocks

Build Block Description
AmazonAlexa Voice Interface using the Amazon Echo device
Analytics Cloud BI, and augmented analytics in one solution. Already connected with SAP Business One and ByDesign
Azure Microsoft Azure services
B1Backend Details about SAP Business One Connectivity
Blockchain What is and how to consume Blockchain services in the SAP Cloud Platform
ByDBackend Details about SAP Business ByDesign Connectivity
ChatBot What is and how to consume SAP Conversational UI services in the SAP Cloud Platform to build a chatbot
CloudFoundry How the application platform of SAP CP works and how to build and deploy your cloud apps
CAP Cloud application programming model implementation with ByDesign
IoTButton How to integrate the Amazon IoT button with SAP Business One and SAP Business ByDesign
IoTLeonardo Consuming sensors data using the SAP Leonardo IoT Services in the SAP Cloud Platform
scp-cpi A middleware for integrating third part applications with SAP Open Connectors and SAP Cloud Platform integration
iOSFiori How to create native iOS apps integrated with SAP Business One and SAP Business ByDesign

Final Presentation

You have 5 minutes to present your code at the end of the hackathon. Use it the way you want, but as an advice: focus on your demo and code. Don't waste time with slides.


Make sure to check the FAQ on our Wiki

Support and Contributions

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