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In our most recent Academic Program Success Story last years Datathon winners talk to us about how the Qlik Academic Program resources, and Datathon, helped ready them for workplace success. 

In 2022 Thomas De Dobbeleer and Rutger Mols were students at Thomas More University and were looking for a way to get some practical experience in analytics, using a real world tool. They wanted an opportunity to explore the potential of working with data and how to apply these skills to global use cases.


Through their studies they were introduced to the Qlik Academic Program and the free learning resources available to them through their membership. These resources helped them to discover the potential of Qlik Sense and start transforming their thoughts and ideas into visualizations. Eventually they found they were able to create something meaningful with the data in front of them. 


Both students eventually pursued an internship with Qlik partner, Epic Data, and it was here that they first heard about the Qlik Academic Program datathon. The datathon challenge invited students to help develop solutions towards achieving three of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 13 Climate Action, Goal 14 Life Below Water, and Goal 15 Life on Land. They eventually won the datathon challenge, setting in motion the steps for achieving full time BI consultancy jobs. To learn more about their journey, find the success story below.

If you're a university student or educator , sign up to the Qlik Academic Program for access to software, training, and the chance to obtain Qlik Sense qualifications and certificates to help boost your employability.