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.Simon AddaSimon 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.
Recently, winners of the Qlik and C40 Climate Leadership Group Academic Program Datathon were announced. Students from all around the world leveraged Qlik analytics software and public data to build solutions to help solve some of the issues at the heart of our current climate crisis in multiple geographies.
This year’s annual Qlik conference is taking place online. Of course, for those who have attended in the past, the in-person interaction and face-to-face catch ups will be sorely missed. But there is a silver lining to things moving online – the event is completely free to attend and open to everyone!That means that all our Academic Program students and academics can join the sessions from the comfort of their own homes, to get insider info on everything from latest developments in data analytics to best practices. As well as the key notes speeches you can choose from over 110 different breakout sessions where you can dive into the specifics of your chosen areas of Qlik and the world of analytics.Be sure to check out the sessions on the Data Literacy track, which includes a talk from one of our Academic Program Professors Angelika Klidas “The Journey is the Reward- Data Literacy is Here to Stay” and our Chief Learning Officer Kevin Hanegan “An Introduction to Data Informed Decision Making.”And if you have any questions about the Academic Program or in fact anything else during the event, you can enter the Data Discovery Zone, where the Qlik team will be on hand to answer all of your questions.So what are you waiting for? Sign up for your seat today!go.qlik.com/qlikworld-online
With the world in an unprecedented lockdown situation, there is a lot of “reactive” work going into data, analytics, visualizations and the like. Unfortunately, there is also a lot of misinformation and incomplete information going around, potentially negatively impacting that work.
Data literacy is the ability to read, write and communicate with data in context. Nearly every business deals with a large amount of data and, as graduates enter the workplace, it should not be taken for granted that data literacy is something that develops throughout their career.Being data literate will affect the productivity and efficiency of an organisation and so it is no surprise that businesses of all sizes are turning to universities to equip graduates to handle data before they reach their desks.Qlik's Chief Learning Officer, Kevin Hanegan talks at great length about the importance of data literacy in Universities and why is it important: https://www.fenews.co.uk/featured-article/45322-universities-must-equip-their-students-to-operate-in-a-data-driven-business-landscapeMore and more Universities are recognizing the importance of data literacy and analytics as a career of the future. In India, more than 300 Universities and educational institutions have signed up for the Qlik Academic Program to enhance the career prospects of their studentsTo make your University/College data literate, explore the wide range of resource offered by the Qlik Academic Program including training, qualifications and certifications, analytics curriculum, for free. To know more, visit Qlik.com/academicprogram or write to email@example.com
Earlier this month, Qlik’s Chief Learning Officer Kevin Hanegan was featured in FE News- the Education and Employability news channel for the future of education in the UK. Here Kevin discusses the need to prepare students for the data driven workforce, by ensuring that they have the opportunity to become data literate. Data literacy is the ability to read, work with, analyse and argue with data. It is vital to train students in this area at the University level, to address the global skills gap the we are currently facing, and ultimately to enable businesses to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution.Of course, within a University institution it’s not just students who need to upskill in this area. Teaching staff and careers departments also need to be trained, in order to impart the knowledge to students. And Data literacy should not just be confined to the classroom. Students from all subject areas must be able to access this type of training through extra-curricular programs and awards frameworks.A great example of this is Birmingham City University’s Graduate+ Programme. This extracurricular awards framework complements student’s degrees and prepares them to become well-rounded future graduates. The Qlik Academic Program is now offered as part of this award scheme, highlighting the importance to students of gaining analytics skills, to be prepared for their future careers. The Qlik Academic Program offers free analytics software, training resources and qualifications to University students and academics globally. The program caters to both in-class and independent learning, allowing analytics to either be easily integrated in to the curriculum or to be self-studied. And with all of the materials available through our e-learning platform, the program is perfectly set up to help Universities during this time of distance learning that we are currently experiencing.If you are a student or an academic at an accredited University who would like to join the free program you can sign up today by visiting: qlik.com/academicprogram. Or if you would like more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the prevailing situation, one sector that is witnessing tremendous growth is online education since most educational institutions are in shutdown mode. An article in Business Today says that the online learning platform Swamyam promoted by Government of India has seen a traffic increase of three times as schools and universities shut down amid the COVID 19 lockdown.
Clearly, these set of circumstances have been a boon for this industry in what are otherwise challenging times for everyone
"Every faculty member is going to be delivering education online. Every student is going to be receiving education online. And the resistance to online education is going to go away as a practical matter," James N. Bradley, chief information officer at Texas's Trinity University, wrote in a LinkedIn post.
What’s interesting about the rise in online education is that its cut across all forms and levels of learning from mainstream education to skill oriented courses, upskilling, hobbies etc.
According to an article in Analytics India, Edtech platforms are witnessing an uptake in enrollment and queries for courses since March, with most colleges remaining closed in places affected by Covid-19. This may be because more people are online as they remain home amid the lockdown, thus, amplifying the number of online learners. While course selection may vary across platforms, short-term courses have become popular. What is more, the completion rate for such courses have also witnessed growth.
The Qlik Academic Program is an online platform for students and Professors to learn analytics and has seen a surge in its registrations in recent times. Many students and Professors are more interested to leverage the resources under the program. Of interest are the Qlik Sense qualifications and certifications, online learning, analytics curriculum among a host of other resources which are all free to students and Professors from accredited educational institutions. Busier times for the Qlik Academic Program now!
To know about the program, visit qlik.com/academicprogram and register to explore the range of resources available. For any questions, drop a mail on email@example.com
You may already know that in February we launched our first ever Qlik Academic Program Datathon, in partnership with C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. The aim of the datathon is to get students to tackle a series of climate related challenges using data, and to present their solutions in Qlik Sense. The original plan was for the winning teams to come to our annual conference, QlikWorld, to showcase their proposals and for the overall winner to be selected, but unfortunately the universe had other plans! Due to the COVID-19 outbreak Qlik has taken the decision to cancel the in-person event, and to replace it with a virtual QlikWorld conference, QlikWorld Online, which will be taking place on June 24th and 25th. As the event is now due to happen a little later than originally planned, we have been able to extend the deadline for participation, to get even more students involved!The new deadline for submissions is now May 1st and winners of each Challenge will be announced on May 8th. The winners for each challenge will receive a US$500 electronic gift card per person and will be given the opportunity to have their solution presented during QlikWorld Online. The overall winner will then be announced after QlikWorld Online and will receive an additional US$500 electronic gift card per person.Remember, to enter you must be a University student and a member of the Qlik Academic Program. If you are not already a member you can sign up here. You can either enter as an individual or as a team of two people. Just remember, if you are working as a pair, both team members must register separately, and make sure you use the same “Team Name” on both registration forms.As well as getting your hands on the main prizes, this is also a great opportunity to learn new skills, enhance your CV and to build your professional network with Qlik employees, customers, partners and climate experts. For more details and to sign up, please visit our Datathon registration page. We can’t wait to see all of your innovative ideas!