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Perfectly suitable subject. :) I found this article through a random LinkedIn notification and thought #randomcoffee was a really great idea: https://medium.com/@invoker/how-2-000-random-coffee-dates-changed-our-company-culture-1e417b2bad55

TLDR version of the article: employees of a large company get matched randomly (blind date style) and have a coffee (or other beverage) together. Phase 3: profit. :)

As someone who changed jobs from a 100-people office where I knew almost everyone to a place where buildings have numbers I can relate. At the new hire orientation I met a few people with completely different jobs and it was very interesting to talk to them.

And wouldn't it be a good idea for TechEd or any other large SAP event? Maybe #randomlunch? Many people don't have any company at the event and even at the networking dinner there is not much socialization.

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13 Comments

  • Feb 19, 2018 at 10:32 PM

    There was nothing random about our lunch encounter in Vegas :)

  • Feb 25, 2018 at 02:22 AM

    We had something like that in Walldorf SAP office a few years ago. Not sure they still do this, but it’s probably better suited for a convention-kind of gathering.

    Maybe they can re-use the solution they used back then.

    Good idea!

  • Mar 05, 2018 at 02:42 PM

    I would think it might work. It would have to take into account our schedules. Then there are times when it goes longer - they take the speaker and ask questions after.

    But if I knew I was meeting someone - I'd be there. Now it becomes a question of logistics. Where to meet? It's crazy at lunch.

    I'd think a SIT would be a great place to do it. Perhaps an ASUG event?

    • Mar 05, 2018 at 04:53 PM

      This TechEd the floorplan layout was quite generous and I found that the ASUG / Mentor booth area was not as crowded as in the past years. It was all the way to the back though and quite a hike from the lunch area downstairs or the sessions. But it was also more quiet.

      • Mar 05, 2018 at 04:55 PM

        Yes - but I meant trying to find your lunch buddy.... Where to meet? I think it's a great idea! Just not sure how it would work. Yes, I really liked the layout last year.

  • Mar 05, 2018 at 03:09 PM

    Matthias Steiner - perhaps something to consider for the TechEd event mobile app? I always liked the agenda/speaker element for discovering subject matter experts and topics, so perhaps a coffee/lunch encounter feature could be factored into it.

    • Mar 05, 2018 at 05:02 PM

      Craig Cmehil - something to consider.

    • Mar 20, 2018 at 08:52 PM

      from observation in Careers Tag, I could see this working in India TechEd to match those trying to get a start or are relatively new with an experienced person

      • Apr 05, 2018 at 06:10 PM

        I agree. This would work in the US as well and not just for "freshers" but also for someone considering a career change (ABAPers, cough :) ). To save tome, could be not just one on one but even a small (3-4 people) group. I always try to initiate a conversation with random people at breakfast and it can be hit or miss. This could be easily made more productive.

        • Apr 06, 2018 at 10:27 PM

          maybe it's a chance for a SAPPHIRE or TechEd App for CoffeeDate. Have a area on the floor and people can sign up as a Mentor or Mentoree to get matched. Have a few different categories (tech skill match verse general advise).

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    Apr 04, 2018 at 03:08 PM

    Hi everyone!

    My name is Sam and I am the cofounder of RandomCoffee. I was reading your comments and I thought interesting reaching out! We are a startup based in Paris (FR) and we are part of the SAP Startup Select #HR Program.

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    Cheers,

    Sam

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