NBA.com/Stats, powered by the SAP HANA® platform, gives millions of fans simple, real-time access to vast amounts of on-court data, including the NBA’s entire history of official statistics. It’s the perfect tool for fans to use as they gear up to watch the league’s best players go head-to-head at the 64th annual NBA All-Star Game this weekend in New York City. Just as fans are excited to see this year’s NBA All-Stars in action, NBA Cares and SAP were honored to watch a few rising stars of the classroom put their coding skills on display at a pair of events held this week at NBA House presented by BBVA Compass at LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre.
For the first event, NBA Cares and SAP teamed up with Girls Who Code, a leading non-profit that inspires, educates and equips girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century career opportunities. Students from Girls Who Code took center court to present their technology projects, getting feedback and insights from a panel of WNBA talent and executives. Melissa Brenner, SVP of Digital Media for the NBA, also moderated a panel discussion featuring WNBA and SAP executives as well as WNBA Legend Ruth Riley. The panel focused on identifying potential career paths for young women with a passion for technology and sports. Michele Hovet, Industry Advisor North America, SAP Public Services, spoke excitedly about her experience, “I loved all of it! The kids were fabulous and I saw our future unfold before us as they were coding and presenting their projects. So amazing and inspiring.”
The following day, NBA Cares and SAP welcomed Code.org, another non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science to the NBA House presented by BBVA Compass at LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre.
A group of 5th grade students were given an interactive coding tutorial with 1:1 help from SAP volunteers and NBA/Code.org executives. Eight-time NBA All-Star, Dikembe Mutombo, was also onsite to stress the importance of integrating technology in education. “The landscape of technology is changing the world. It is important for organizations like the NBA and SAP to work with Code.org and Girls Who Code to teach and educate our youth. We don't know what the future holds, but by making opportunities like this a priority, the sky is the limit. Plus everyone had a lot of fun… including the kids,” said Dikembe Mutombo, NBA Global Ambassador.
SAP is proud to work together with the NBA in identifying opportunities to embrace new forms of technology that provide fans around the globe with a deeper understanding of the game. While no one is quite sure who will come up with the next game changing idea that technologically revolutionizes the way NBA fans enjoy basketball, it’s exciting to think that it may be any one of the young, bright minds we had the fortune of visiting with this week!