This week the Academic Program has delivered workshops in the UK at both Reading and Birmingham City University. At Reading, Mark James (from our Pre-Sales team) and I were visiting Henley Business School where we gave a session to MSc Information Management students in their Big Data in Business module. Following on from Keiichi Nakata's lecture on Big Data Visualisation, we introduced students to creating visualisations within Qlik. Here we demonstrated the value that can quickly be derived when you have freedom to explore your data from any angle. At Birmingham City University Julie Main (also from our great UK Pre-sales team!) and I headed to the Computer Science department and ran a workshop for the Enterprise Systems Management Masters students. We got them hands on with Qlik and discussed the importance of being able to easily communicate key findings from their data across an organisation, to promote data informed decision making.
Taking these two sessions as examples, it's clear to see that students from both business subject areas as well as more technical Computer Science courses can benefit from the Academic Program. In fact, our free software and training resources are available to students and academics at accredited Universities globally, regardless of their subject area. Our aim is to improve the data literacy and employability of all students.
If you are interested to learn more about exactly what the free Qlik Academic Program has to offer, please register for our upcoming webinar on Thursday 13th February at 11am GMT. You can sign up for the Webexhere(password = Qlik123).
As well as giving full details of what the program offers along with an introduction to Qlik, I will also be revealing more details about our exciting Climate Change Datathon which is about to kick off. Any Academic Program students can get involved to be in for the chance to win some great prizes. Tune in on Thursday to hear more!
The Qlik Academic Program was invited to Penn State University this month to host a Qlik Sense Workshop for graduate students studying analytics. Students attending the workshop had joined the program prior to beginning for a year of free software, training, and additional resources. The workshop gave the students the opportunity to learn more about Qlik Sense the product, how to build visualizations, and what makes Qlik unique compared to the basic query tools they were exposed to in the past.
The turnout was impressive and the students left the workshop feeling excited about continuing their Qlik journey. Students were especially excited to learn Qlik so they could increase their chances of being hired by one of the thousands of Qlik customers both in Pennsylvania and around the world!
We look forward to continued workshops with Penn State!
Students interested in the program can visitwww.qlik.com/academicprogram and apply for free software, training, and more!
TheAcademic Programprovides qualified university professors and students, and researchers with free Qlik Sense and resources to educate and train the next generation of experts leading with data.
As a member of the program, Qlik, joined by partner C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group invites to you to participate in a Qlik Datathon to solve some of the biggest climate-related challenges facing our future!
Who:Current Qlik Academic Program professors and students. To join the program visitqlik.com/academicprogram
What: Put your skills to work to develop data and analytic solutions for a climate resilient earth to support healthy ecosystems in multiple geographies. There will be six challenges released all related to a global set of cities plus an additional “choose your own challenge” option. All entries will be reviewed and judged by Qlik, C40 Cities, and other experts from climate organizations. Winners will be announced in April!
When:• Challenges launched and registration open on February 7th• Submissions due April 3rd• Winners announced April 2020
Where: Individuals and teams can participate from anywhere around the world!
Why:• Solve the challenges leveraging your skills• Build support for your university, computer science or data analytics clubs• Participate in conversations and gain exposure to climate expert organizations• Network with Qlik employees, customers and partners• Add credibility to your resume with a Qlik Datathon win• Earn opportunities to present solutions at QlikWorld in Phoenix, win cash prizes and more
How: Specific details around each of the challenges, how to register, how to submit your entries, judging criteria, and prizes will be launched on February 7th. Stay tuned for further communication!
It’s official! In a recent Forbes article covering the 10 most important job skills employees need in 2020, data literacy came top of the list. Author Bernard Marr discusses how the 4th industrial revolution is bringing about change to the skills and experience required of the modern workforce.
Perhaps taking inspiration from the 2017 Economist report “The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data,” Marr highlights that organisations who do not harness the power of their data will fall behind. “…to make data valuable, organizations must employ individuals who havedata literacyand the skills to turn the data into business value.”
In addition to data literacy being the number one skill, critical thinking and complex decision making also feature in the list. The abilities to objectively evaluate the credibility of information, and to take findings from data whilst simultaneously considering how decisions can impact the people in an organisation are key to success.
You can check out the complete list in the full article here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2019/10/28/the-10-most-important-job-skills-every-company-will-be-looking-for-in-2020/#1a7b251867b6
At Qlik, the importance of Data Literacy has long been recognised, and that’s why our Data Literacy courses and certifications are free for everyone to access. A whole host of topics are covered from an overview of data literacy, to data informed decision making. Qlik has also launched the Data Literacy Project, a global community aiming to develop the tools to shape a data literate society.
In addition, if you are a University student or academic you are also eligible to join our free Qlik Academic Program. Not only does this give you access to our industry leading Qlik Sense software and training materials, but also a Data Analytics curriculum and Qlik Sense Qualifications. The Qlik Sense Qualifications along with the Data Literacy Certification can be a great way to help you stand out from the crowd in job interviews, and to prove that you have the skills required of the modern workforce for 2020.
Sign up today by visiting: qlik.com/academicprogram
Are you a professor or student looking to learn analytics or update your curriculum? Look no further, theQlik Academic Program offers free analytics software, a year of training, certificates, and much more! Aren't sure yet? Join us for a live webinar to learn more about the program!
The webinar will includea quick tour of our resources; a short introductory demo of the Qlik software; instructions on how to sign up for the program if you haven’t already done so, and an opportunity to ask any questions. This webinar is mainly intended for University students and professors who have just joined, or who are interested in joining the program but we welcome anyone who would like more information about our amazing free resources.
When: Tuesday, January 14th at 11:00AM EST
Registration:Join us by registeringhere (Password is Qlik123)
Can't attend? No problem, just register and we will send you a recording!
It’s been a busy year for the Qlik Academic Program. Now with a presence in more than 85 countries and with over 1600 Universities involved across the lifetime of the program; we are reaching more and more students to help them on their data journeys, and helping them to secure the jobs that they want. With 2019 coming to a close, we thought that it was a great opportunity to look back at everything that we’ve achieved and to review our highlights:
During the first half of the year the team worked on developing a brand new “professor toolkit.” After receiving feedback from some of our professors that the volume and range of resources available could be a little overwhelming, we decided to put a comprehensive guide together. In the document our professors can find an overview of everything that’s on offer, from accessing the software to demo applications and even an example syllabus. We hope that this will make integrating our resources into the classroom easier and even more effective.
In September we held our first ever Academic Program webinar. This was intended to give new students and professors some guidance through what the program involves, a brief introduction to the software and the opportunity to ask any questions. We have held 3 webinars to date and the response has been overwhelming, with 157 registrants for one session and 42 attendees for another. This shows that there is a strong interest in the program and great potential for us to continue to grow in size. You can find the webinars that we have scheduled for 2020 on the QCC Calendar.
Finally, in line with Qlik’s wider transition to becoming a SaaS first company, the Academic Program has now upgraded its software offering to Qlik Sense Business. This provides our members with a total storage size of 250GB as well as the option to create up to 5 shared spaces where they can assign an unlimited number of users. This allows for easy collaborative work and sharing of apps for assessment by professors.
With all these strides that we have made this year, we are looking forward to an even more successful 2020 where we can improve data literacy and employability amongst more students across the globe. If you are a University student or professor and you are not a member of the program yet, you can sign up here: qlik.com/academicprogram
Merry Christmas from all of the Academic Program team, and we wish you a Happy New Year!
The Academic Program is excited to announce it is now providingQlik’s latest SaaS offering, Qlik Sense Business, to professors and students!
Qlik Sense Business Features:
No installation required
Always runs on the latest generally available version of Qlik Sense
Drag-and-drop app creation and fully integrated apps
A personal space to create your own content and share with anyone you wish
Create up to 5 shared spaces and assign an unlimited number of users to each space
Direct data connectivity to over 40 data sources
Automated data refreshes
Individual app limit of 1.25GB (in-memory); total storage (apps + data files) of 250GB
How can Professors and Students receive Qlik Sense Business?
Professors and students attending higher education universities should apply to the Academic Program which provides free software and additional resources to help educate and train the next generation of experts leading with data.
What benefits does the Academic Program offer?
Members will receive free, full year access to the following resources:
Qlik Sense Business
Qlik Continuous Classroom a distance-learning platform
Earn a Qlik Sense Qualification, Data Analytics Certification, Data Literacy Certification and receive a printable certificate and a digital badge to share on resumes and social media sites
Data Analytics curriculum featuring lecture notes, on-demand videos, handouts, activities and real-world, interactive business use cases
Qlik Community Academic Program Space, a forum for professors and students to access resources, collaborate with others and share experiences
Qlik Customer Support
Apply today by visiting qlik.com/academicprogram