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In the run up to the presentations by the Qlik Academic Program Datathon Winners during QlikWorld online, we are showcasing all of our winners and their experience of participating in the Datathon. You will also get to know a little more about them, what motivated them to take part and their hopes for the future.

Today the spotlight is on Simon Adda from France. Simon is in his final year of engineering school, specialising in data science and analysis at l'Ecole Supérieure d'Ingénieurs Léonard de Vinci. Throughout his time at engineering school, Simon has developed a strong interest in data science and business intelligence and he really enjoys seeing how data can add value to a business. During an internship placement at Micropole (a Qlik partner,) his managers encouraged him to take part in the Qlik Academic Program Datathon.

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Simon had no previous experience of working with Qlik, so saw this as a great opportunity to get hands on with the software and to learn a new tool that brings data to life through visualisations. After some introductory training as part of his internship and using various online resources from Qlik, Simon was quickly able to grasp the fundamentals of the software and to begin work on the challenge.

There was some deliberation over which of the 5 challenges to tackle, but he finally opted for Challenge 3, which involved planning to protect the most vulnerable communities in cities. When he began searching for data in relation to this challenge, he found that there was a lot information available for particular countries such as India, but he eventually decided to focus his efforts on Australia. This is a country close to Simon’s heart as he studied abroad in Newcastle, New South Wales as part of his Masters’ course. Since seeing all of the devastation caused by the wildfires in the country at the start of this year, Simon could see that there was a real need for solutions here. He collated a lot of information from various sources including the Australian government and C40 Cities.

After being selected as a winner, Simon noted that the best thing about getting involved in the challenge was that it was a great addition to his CV, which will be particularly helpful during these uncertain economic times. He would certainly recommend participating in upcoming datathons to any students looking to enhance their skills and experience. Simon commented that “the datathon is a great opportunity to meet a lot of people in the analytics industry, and to get advice from Qlik experts on data integration, exploration and creating the best visualisations.”

You can see Simon and the other challenge winners present their applications during QlikWorld Online on 24th and 25th June, where you will have the opportunity to vote for your favourite and help Qlik award the overall winner of the Datathon! Register for your seat now. Although he sees this presentation as being one of the biggest challenges of taking part in the Datathon, we are certain that you will be impressed by both Simon himself and the great application that he has produced.