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July 16, 2013

International cyclist visits campus August 5 to promote open access to quality educational materials

Share the Knowledge TourThe University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire College of Business will host a stop on the Share the Knowledge tour, a 35,000 mile, four-year global bike-canoe tour sponsored by SAP, SAP University Alliances and the Interaction Design Foundation (IDF) to spread information about free educational resources to improve technology design and help create a more sustainable world. 

The tour, which began in mid-May in Orlando, Florida and includes major metropolitan communities in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, will be on the UW-Eau Claire campus, Monday, August 5, 2013 at 2 pm in the Davies Center. The event is free and open to the public. Guest parking passes will be available to pick up at the UW-Eau Claire Visitor Center before the event. See box below for detailed information.

Max Peer, an Austrian long distance rider who has pedaled thousands of miles around the world on behalf of nonprofit organizations, will visit UW-Eau Claire and other SAP University Alliance schools and SAP offices to share IDF’s message about accessibility and improving the design process to be more human-centered, simple and sustainable.  

Peer’s Tout Terrain Panamericana touring bike, complete with a single wheel trailer, is equipped with everything he needs for his global adventure. His equipment includes a tent; a stove, powered by fuel or gas depending on the location; water treatment supplies; GPS and traditional maps; a solar power panel and dynamo hub in the front wheel to power his computer, camera and other devices; and one canoe made of tarpaulin and assembled with extensible tubing that is capable of holding two people, two bikes and all of Peer’s equipment. In addition, he will test PhotoTribe, a new SAP photo-sharing app for iPhone.

From Eau Claire, Peer will travel to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota then on to Seattle, Washington. He will end the more than 6,000 mile North American leg of his tour in Palo Alto, California in early November.  

UW-Eau Claire is one of ten of the nearly 285 colleges and universities in Wisconsin and Minnesota to offer students hands-on experiences with SAP software. As a SAP University Alliances member, UW-Eau Claire has access to SAP software, development workshops and conferences, course materials, and SAP professionals and academics throughout the world. Knowledge of SAP is highly valued by employers: 80% of Forbes 500 companies and ten out of the top ten companies on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index use SAP software.

For more information about the Share the Knowledge tour or the SAP curriculum at UW-Eau Claire, contact Gretchen Hutterli, assistant dean, UW-Eau Claire College of Business.

Agenda, Share the Knowledge Tour with Max Peer, Monday, August 5

2:00 pm

Welcome Max as he rides to the UW-Eau Claire Davies Center Plaza. Snap photos and enjoy the opportunity to check out his bike-canoe and the cutting edge technology that makes it possible for him to travel around the globe.

2:30 pm

Move to the Davies Center Woodland Theatre (Room 328) to hear Max’s story and a brief update on the college’s SAP initiatives from UW-Eau Claire College of Business Dean Diane Hoadley. Following their presentations, enjoy light refreshments while registering for free access to textbooks, images, and videos made by world leaders in technology. 

Max PeerAbout Max Peer. Max Peer was born and raised in Bregenz, Austria. This picturesque city, located on the shores of Lake Constance, inspired his lifetime passion for the outdoors and biking. Peer has pedaled across North and South America, Europe and Asia on behalf of multiple nonprofit organizations. Some of the causes he has supported include clearing land mines to create sustainable land for local farmers, distributing toys to school children in need, and doing outreach work to promote holocaust memorials. 

Interaction Design FoundationAbout Interaction Design Foundation. Headquartered in Arhus, Denmark, IDF seeks to educate, inform and stimulate the global technology design community. The non-profit organization has created a powerful cloud based publishing model, blending free courses with an immersive web site for thought leaders, students, authors, academia, design professionals, futurists and even tech-challenged consumers.

SAPAbout SAP and SAP University Alliances. As the global market leader in enterprise application software, SAP helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. SAP applications and services enable more than 238,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably.

SAP University Alliances supports colleges and universities in building the talent needed by SAP and its customers and partners, and channels innovation from universities into the SAP ecosystem. SAP donates licenses to over 1,300 University Alliances member institutions and fully outfits their professors with software and curriculum which provides students with hands-on experience with SAP applications, analytics, mobile, database and technology, cloud, and SAP HANA solutions.

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