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Power Pub & Panel


Panelists currently include:
Dr. Joachim Schaper, Vice President Americas, SAP Research Center
Mr. Jay Visvanathan, Market Development Manager, Sun Microsystems
5:00 p.m.: Networking & Registration
6:00 p.m.: Panel Presentations & Pub Exchange
7:00 p.m.: Networking
8:00 p.m.: Pub Closes!
Open to the Public. Reduced Fee for the Holidays: $10 (cash or check, payable at the door). No fee for Corporate Sponsors.
Pre-registration is highly encouraged.
Registration information below.

This Power Pub will be held in the Cyprus Room at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

Click Here to view Joachim Schaper's presentation. 1.02mb

Click Here to view Jay Visvanathan's presentation. 12.9mb

Please join us for a special Holiday Power Pub and Panel to learn about and celebrate the successes that our industry is able to bring to educational and economic advancements in developing economies. During this evening, we will have the opportunity to learn about several initiatives leveraging technology -- and especially the Internet -- for supporting education in South Africa. What better way to wrap up the year than to learn from your Valley colleagues what all these advanced technologies can do to improve individuals' lives around the world!

The Power Pub will open at 5 p.m. The Panel will begin at 6 p.m. and last until 7 p.m. In honor of the holidays, we will stay open until 8 p.m. to have a chance to catch up with our favorite Center community members in our holiday garb (no, this is not black tie, but festive attire is encouraged!).

Please mark your calendars for a special, informative, and fun evening on Thursday, December 9th at the World Internet Center.



Joachim Schaper is Vice President Americas for SAP Research Center, guiding 6 research programs. He is tasked with building up corporate research and focusing on the following research programs: eLearning, Smart Items, Mobile Computing, Technology for Application Integration and Advanced Customer Interfaces. Previous to his role with the Research Center, Dr. Schaper was Manager of the European Research Center, CEC Karlsruhe.

Prior to working at SAP, Dr. Schaper was a member of the research team at the European Applied Research Center (EARC) of Digital Equipment GmbH. There, he was responsible for user interfaces and object-oriented modeling and programming of teaching and learning systems. Following his research at EARC, he took a position as project manager for a four-year research program with Deutsche Telekom AG to develop broadband multimedia teleservices in association with other research institutes and system manufacturers.

Since 2001, Dr. Schaper has been a member of the advisory board of DFKI and FZI, as well as a member of the advisory group for IST and of various SMEs. In addition, he has been the Mini-Track chair of the HICSS conference regarding "Next Generation Learning Platforms." Dr. Schaper received his doctorate and computer science degree both from the Technical University Karlsruhe.


Jay Visvanathan's role at Sun Microsystems as Market Development Manager is to promote open architectures and Sun technologies in higher education. His special emphasis is on usage of Sun products in administrative computing and deployment of Web-based services. He is also responsible for driving revenues for Sun in the market for portal-based service provisioning.

Mr. Visvanathan drives market strategy to meet the above charter and implements this strategy worldwide through Sun's Education field organizations. One of the important ways that he accomplishes mindshare and market share for Sun in higher education is to partner with best-of-breed software vendors and systems integrators to ensure that Sun is the platform of choice for their applications. Mr. Visvanathan has also established Centers of Excellence at various universities, each highlighting Sun and partner technologies. In addition, he is also driving the implementation of reference architectures for higher education. These are integrated product stacks (from Sun and partners) that are engineered to take cost and complexity out of IT infrastructures.

Mr. Visvanathan has been with Sun for 18 years in various roles in Finance, Customer Service and Marketing. He has extensive experience in customer relationship management, marketing and selling to Service Providers, and a track record in managing partners to provide superior service to customers. Before his tenure with Sun, he was a Financial Analyst with Intel Corporation for 3 years. Mr. Visvanathan holds a CPA and obtained his MBA from Case Western Reserve University.


Pre-registration is highly recommended. For this special Holiday Power Pub, the fee has been reduced to $10 (payable by cash or check only), which will be collected at the door. Please make checks payable to Silicon Valley World Internet Center. To pre-register, please send your name, title, company name, telephone number, and email address to:

Ms. Claire Kahrobaie
Manager, Client Services
T: 650.565.8070

Address: 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, California
General Hotel Number: 650.857.0787

>From Highway 101 - North or South

  • Take Highway 101 to San Antonio Road/Los Altos exit.
  • Proceed on San Antonio west, approximately 2 miles.
  • Turn right on El Camino Real and proceed 1/2 mile.
  • Turn left at Dinah's Court stoplight into the Crowne Plaza Cabana hotel entrance.
  • Parking is available in the front and back of the hotel. Ask for the Cyprus Room.

>From Highway 280 - North or South

  • Take Highway 280 to the Page Mill Road exit.
  • Proceed on Page Mill east, approximately 3 miles.
  • Turn right onto El Camino Real.
  • Continue for 1 mile to Dinah's Court stoplight.
  • Turn right into the Crowne Plaza Cabana hotel entrance.
  • Parking is available in the front and back of the hotel. Ask for the Cyprus Room.