March 17, 2015
design better, together
What is HIVE?
HIVE was SAP's first ever UX event created for all SAP employees, not just designers. Speakers from within and outside of SAP presented interesting and diverse UX topics, and it was a great chance for everyone to get together and celebrate UX around the company. There were over 200 attendees who viewed sessions from 22 different speakers, and 9 demo pods that showcased more of what's happening around design at SAP. We envision HIVE growing into a forum where people can connect and be part of a community that thrives, creating better design by working together.
Guest Speakers (SAP)
Sam Yen
Chief Design Officer, SAP
Siva Sabaretnam
VP, User Experience
Anamarie Huerta Franc
Sr. Director, Product Management
Judi Mazzola
Sr. Director, Visual Design Lead
Cara Stallone
Sr. Visual Designer
Carol Farnsworth
User Experience Strategist, Mobile Products
Peter Spielvogel
Product Marketing Executive
Andrea Anderson
VP, Design Thinking
Michael Brown
VP, Global User Experience and Design
Sajid Saiyed
User Experience Design Expert
Janaki Mythily Kumar
Head of Strategic Design Services, DCC
Philip Haine
VP, User Experience, SuccessFactors
Guest Speakers (external)
Don Norman
Director, The Design Lab, UCSD
Justin Ferrell
Fellowships Director,
Saul Gurdus
VP, Customer Experience, Citrix
Chris Noessel
Design Fellow, Cooper
Debashish Paul
Product Designer, Facebook
Rachel Powers
Founder, Visde
Izac Ross
Service & Interaction Designer
Sunita Ram
Interaction Designer, Idean
Joel Wade
Sr. Director, Program Management, Kabam
J.T. Trollman
Product Designer, Facebook
Exhibition Pods
  • Experience Design at SAP
  • DCC: Delighting Customers Through Design Services
  • Designing with Patents in Mind
  • Genomics on Steroids
  • SAP UX Explorer
  • Barcelona for You: A Connected City Experience
  • The SAP Design Thinking Playbook
  • SAP Connected Retail
  • E2E Fiori
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What designers are saying
Thanks for the amazing HIVE event. My team had a good time.
—Director UX, SAP
THANK YOU for bringing the event to our campus and inspiring both our employees and community.
—Events Marketing, SAP
...great job with the HIVE event! That was very interesting and insightful—I would love for us to incorporate the philosophy in our initiatives!
—University Recruiter, SAP
It was really nice to have designers from the Bay Area (and San Diego) join in as well. The talks in the afternoon were interesting.
—Designer, SAP
Fantastic event, wonderful use of space in building 8 and so many great speakers from a variety of backgrounds. Thanks for organizing the event... and opening up to all SAP Palo Alto employees.
—Application Consultant, SAP
Loved the collaboration, energy, decor, bringing fun to the workplace, a variety of interesting topics, and awesome (not cheap plastic) beer mugs and hats!
Was awesome! Beautifully designed, great presentations—is this really a SAP event?
Good to see we're breaking our "frankensoft" stigma and innovating customer-centric design. Are you guys hiring? :)
The fact that SAP has a design-oriented event is already a big move in the right direction.
—HIVE attendee