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Friday, September 22, 2017

SAP funds more ventures to improve One Billion Lives in Asia Pacific Japan by 2020

Sep 19, 2017 -

SAP’s One Billion Lives (1BLives) initiative, which is a crowdsourced, ground up initiative that allows SAP’s employees to develop start-ups and leverage on technology to solve the world’s pressing social issues. Amidst Asia’s rapid growth and urbanization, issues such as sustainable urban development, ageing populations and providing for the less fortunate have become an increasing concern.



This year, SAP has invested €1,000,000 towards the initiative and five winning ventures were selected after pitching their business ideas to secure support and funding. They come from across APJ (including two from ASEAN) and each leverage upon the latest advances in technology to solve the world’s issues:
  • Digital Aged Care (Australia team) – Tackles the issue of an ageing population and lack of care – leverages on IoT platforms that connect wearable devices and smart household devices to monitor an elderly’s condition to provide better efficiency for aged care givers
  • Accessible Eyecare (India team) – Tackles preventable blindness and uses SAP Leonardo to provide an intelligent mobile platform for ocular diagnosis, helping victims make earlier corrective action remotely.
  • Food Waste Management (Thailand team) – Tackles the world’s hunger crisis and food wastage in urban areas from supermarkets, restaurants etc. through a supply chain management platform to salvage unwanted food and connect it to those who need it most
  • Water Management (India team) – Tackles the water lost in cities through water supply systems through the use of SAP IS Utilities to attain real-time information from measuring sensors on water loss
  • Disaster Relief Network (Singapore team) – Enables more efficient collaboration between all disaster relief parties through a consolidated platform using SAP Ariba and SAP Hybris, so disaster relief efforts are delivered in a more coordinated and efficient method for best outcomes
The winning ventures will each gain access to seed money of up to €200,000 and are expected to test their ideas and go live with minimum viable product (MVP) by the end of the year.

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