Our Qlik Academic Program Datathon finalists will be presenting their solutions to the challenge involving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals during QlikWorld from 10-12 May. In preparation for this, I spoke to finalist team Qlik Boom to find out who they are, their experience of the datathon, and their hopes for the future.
I feel extremely pleased to introduce and share about one of the three finalists of the Qlik Academic Program Datathon, DongshengYuan!
Dongsheng is pursuing his Master of Science from the University of Liverpool, majoring in Big Data.
He feels data analysis is one of the most important skills for his career and in his words, "data analysis technologies are able to transfer “chaotic data” into useful information. By the help of it, we can foresee what will happen in the future, just like a watcher. It is really cool!"
Dongsheng has participated in various projects in data analytics and among them is a data and algorithm competition held by Tencent in 2019.A major requirement in this competition was to build a strategy to select key opinion roles. That was his first opportunity to work on Tensorflow and Linux. He along with his teammates participated in this competition. Although they lost in the first round, it was a great learning experience in the field of data mining, almost like an adventure! This was the turning point that made Dongsheng want to explore further in data science.
For Dongsheng, the journey for the Datathon began when Qlik Academic Program EMEA Lead, Lucy Bannister was invited to introduce the Qlik Academic Program and the Datathon. This sparked his interest in Qlik because he felt it is a powerful, yet convenient technology. As a student in the data field, having used many tools including Python, SQL, even C++, etc., Dongsheng experienced that Qlik could do all this without scripts. The most impressive feature he felt was finishing a lightweight visualization application on Qlik in only 30 minutes, which otherwise required half a day using Python or R. This further ignited his interest in the academic program and he decided to take part in the Datathon.
Dongsheng took aboutthree days to learn to about the basic features of Qlik Sense such as charts, button, animation etc. He discovered that using scripts in application would make it more attractive. He liked the videos in the academic program, which he feels are great.
Dongsheng says, "The experience of taking part in the Datathon helped me a lot. It provided me with a chance to deal with data about the UN Sustainable Development Goals. And for the past weeks, I have been getting familiar with the visualization techniques. Furthermore, I can handle Qlik Sense now, which means that I can finish a lightweight data related mission within 30 minutes! Those experiences and techniques would be powerful weapons in my career"
Dongsheng plans to be a data analyst and wants to work in a gaming company because he likes playing video games and online games. He feels that using data to adjust properties, avoiding overpowered weapons, for example would be great fun to work!
Check out Qlik World to learn more about Dongsheng's goals, view his amazing application, and vote on your favorite!
The Professor Ambassador Program of the Qlik Academic Program has come a long way since its launch, and we have on board some amazing Professors in the first batch.
Our endeavor is to provide these Ambassadors top class analytics resources to succeed and to be able to impart this information to their students. One such initiative is the Leader webinar series where we invite Qlik leaders to share their insights on analytics or some of the developments around Qlik, technologies, future developments etc. Our aim is to add value to the analytics journey of the Ambassadors and lend a different perspective to their existing knowledge base.
The first webinar of this series was conducted by Kevin Hanegan, Chief Learning Officer at Qlik who spoke on “Uncovering Bias with Data”. It was extremely informative and we received some great feedback from the Ambassadors.
For the second webinar scheduled on 21st May, we have invited Elif Tutuk and Paul Barth from Qlik to share their insights. The overall theme of this webinar is around data literacy and we shall have these speakers speak on their areas of expertise in the context of this theme.
Elif Tutuk is the Vice President, R&D at Qlik. During the webinar, she shall be speaking on Active Intelligence, on how we are designing technology to augment the human with data literacy. She excels in creating engaging user experiences in augmented intelligence technologies. Elif is a prolific speaker and speaks at various events and is a named author on multiple patent applications.
Paul Barth is the Global Head of Data Literacy at Qlik. He shall shed light on some of the initiatives of data literacy and how Qlik is leading this campaign in the world of data analytics. He has considerable experience developing advanced data and analytics solutions for Fortune 100 companies. Paul has research and academic interests and is also a speaker at various events.
This promises to be an exciting session and I am sure the Professor Ambassadors are looking forward to hearing from these two speakers!
Last but by no means least, I would like to introduce you to our final Professor Ambassador of the Qlik Academic Program for 2021, Josué Lima Romano. Josué is a part time Research Professor in Economic and Social Sciences at Universidad de Congreso in Mendoza, Argentina. Currently he teaches on various courses including Governmental and NGO Administration, People Management and Data Analytics. The Data Analytics course is also open to the Community and these classes provide opportunities for underprivileged young people to get free access to university level education. In addition to his teaching Josué is a researcher in the Technology Linkage Unit, and outside of the university he is a consultant in BI solutions.Josué wanted to become a Professor Ambassador with the Qlik Academic Program because he loved the experience that he had using the program resources while researching financial resilience of communities affected by COVID-19. “I could see the enormous contribution that Qlik was making to the academic world, and particularly to students thanks to the Academic Program and I want to make more people aware of it” said Josué. “When we work as a team, we can achieve results beyond our expectations.”“We have now moved beyond accumulation of knowledge to application of knowledge,” commented Josué. “and data plays a very important role in this phenomenon.” Josué believes that data literacy skills are vital to the application of knowledge to develop a positive future for all countries. However, Josué could see that in places like Latin America, academic teaching and materials were not keeping up with advances in technology and industry needs in a data driven world. So, he decided to approach companies and organisations to discover how they could work together to ensure that students are best prepared for the modern workplace, and this is how he discovered the Qlik Academic Program. Josué believes that “when companies and academia work together, they contribute to a fairer society, creating a more dynamic labour market with more opportunities for more people.”As a professor ambassador, Josué hopes to convey the objectives of the Qlik Academic Program to others and to share his experience. He hopes that this will inspire more educators and students to feel motivated to participate in the program. He also hopes that his work with Qlik and other companies can contribute to a paradigm shift to a more equitable society in terms of opportunities, respect and tolerance through data.We are sure that Josué’s passion and enthusiasm will inspire many other educators to ensure their students are data literate. We look forward to seeing his impact in Latin-America and beyond! If you would like to know more about the Qlik Academic Program as well as our other professor ambassadors, please visit qlik.com/academicprogram.
Today, I am honored to introduce Professor Javier Leon as one of the Academic Programs 2021 class of Professor Ambassadors! Javier began teaching Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia in 2017 and shortly after, he joined the Qlik Academic Program and has been an active member ever since!Utilizing Qlik Sense and the training provided by the Academic Program has allowed Javier’s students to obtain hands-on experience they can bring to their other business classes and beyond graduation. During his time at Saint Joseph’s University, Javier has embedded Qlik into two courses, Business Analytics for Business Intelligence and Critical Performance Management. His goal in these courses is to teach Qlik but also help the students create visualizations for their portfolios. He believes this will help them showcase their experience while looking for jobs. As an adjunct Professor who uses analytics at work, Javier understands the importance of bringing these skills to the job as he explains “With hands-on experience, students learn how to create different applications. When students leave school, they can show employers that they have experience with one of the most coveted tools in BI.“To learn more about Javier’s experience with Qlik, both in the classroom and at work, you can read more about his story by visiting empowering-through-bi-in-the-classroom-and-at-work.Javier’s curriculum has been so well regarded that he has introduced it in other universities! He is now teaching a course called Essentials of Data Visualization at Villanova University and Data Visualization at Eastern University, both headquartered in Pennsylvania.Please join us in welcoming Javier to the Professor Ambassador Program and congratulating him on his many accomplishments as a professor and Qlik enthusiast!
It’s my pleasure to introduce Sukanta Ghosh who is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Applications, at Lovely Professional University located in Punjab, India. He teaches courses related to Data Sciences, Data Analytics, Data Visualization and Machine Learning, and has been selected as part of Qlik’s inaugural class of Professor Ambassadors.
Sukanta describes his passion to be an Ambassador in his own words: “This is an opportunity where a diverse type of work is involved, it allows you to develop skills you already have as well as gain new ones. Professor Ambassadors are typically confident, dynamic, and strong communicators which means this is another opportunity for skills and knowledge transfer.” Also, the fact that he is able to network with likeminded individuals is a big plus. He feels this entire learning experience can be transferred to students and help them grow. Clearly, being able to exchange knowledge with other ambassadors and representatives of Qlik are one of the important reasons why Sukanta Ghosh chose to be an ambassador.
Sukanta believes these types of programs are important as data and analytics are a persistent part of our lives. Whether we fill in a form with our personal details to take part in a raffle, or whether we control the lights and the heating in our apartment with an app, data is everywhere. Emphasizing the importance of data literacy, he feels that we need to be data literate to be a responsible consumer and a citizen with mature judgments in order to make informed decisions even when it comes to our own personal data. In addition, he says “we need to be data literate to be able to make informed data-driven decisions. From a professional perspective, we need to be data literate because our future jobs and our competitive advantage depends on data literacy.”
As a Professor Ambassador of the Qlik Academic Program Sukanta plans to conduct relevant seminars and workshop to promote Qlik and Data Analytics among students. He also plans to conduct competitive events so that students can test their data analytics knowledge. He feels that as an ambassador, he will be able to introduce more students to Data Analytics and the Qlik Academic Program.
We are glad to have Sukanta on board to help us achieve our vision of a data literate world, and we are looking forward to seeing how he supports other educators and students on their journey.
Today we will be introducing you to our Qlik Professor Ambassador who is based in the UK. Richard Wilkinson is a Senior Lecturer in Computing at the University of Worcester. He first started working with the Qlik Academic Program in 2019 when he embedded our software and resources into his Data Driven Decisions module and since then he has been a great advocate of the program, encouraging many other staff at Worcester to get involved too.Richard decided to apply to become a professor ambassador as he is always keen to take part in knowledge exchange and he also wanted to raise awareness of the Qlik Academic Program with other educators. Richard commented: “It’s a great honour to be chosen and a great opportunity.”As well as wanting to champion the Qlik specific software and resources provided by the Academic Program, Richard is also very mindful of the broader Data Literacy element and addressing the current skills gap. “I think that data literacy is something that every country in the world needs to invest in for its students and we have got a real opportunity to be at the forefront of this,” said Richard. “The one thing that is certain in the future is that the importance of data will only increase, so we need to set students up with the skills to succeed in any career path they choose.” Richard sees data literacy as the next big challenge to face all companies and industries globally. “As there is increasing pressure on organisations to become data driven to survive, there is also increased demand for data literate graduates entering the workforce, and we need to support students to be equipped to meet this demand.”During his time as a Qlik Professor Ambassador Richard hopes to expand knowledge of data literacy across the University of Worcester and beyond, so that people can build up their skills no matter what subject they are studying. Richard recognises that data analysis is not just limited to the business world but is being used all the time in our day to day lives. “We’re in the world of Covid-19 and pandemics are modelled by data,” he said. “We’ve spent a year watching data slides and modelling and graphics. The medical and sporting worlds are driven by data and, in most fields you go into now, data literacy is crucial so in my opinion we need to be teaching data literacy to all of our students everywhere.”We are so pleased to have Richard on board to help us achieve our vision of a data literate world, and we are looking forward to seeing how he supports other educators and students on their journey.