Qlik and C40 Cities Announce Winners of Global Datathon Challenge

New Delhi: Qlik announced the challenge winners of its first global Academic Program Datathon, along with its partner C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. Student groups leveraged Qlik analytics software and public data to build qualifying solutions to understand the current climate crisis in multiple geographies. Five student groups emerged tops including one from India (Vidya Jyothi Institute of Technology).

  • Challenge 1 – Nam-Mai Tran: Team Tran Nam Mai from Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, France
  • Challenge 2 – Pauline Guillet: Team DataGO from Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France
  • Challenge 3 – Simon Adda: Team SimonAdda_Micro from ESILV (l’Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs Léonard de Vinci), France
  • Challenge 4 – Sri Teja Makam and Vinay Kumar Reddy Kandula: Team Young Hustlers from Vidya Jyothi Institute of Technology, India
  • Challenge 5 – Ying Xue Ng: Team NYX from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Qlik’s Academic Program ran multiple challenges throughout the spring, providing students with the opportunity to create real-world solutions to issues threatening the planet’s sustainability and climate health. Participants were provided complimentary licenses of Qlik Sense Business and publicly available data sets to design and execute their projects. The challenges focused on adaptation, air quality and climate resilience for cities across the globe. All challenge winners will present their winning entries at QlikWorld, Qlik’s annual customer and partner event held virtually this year.

Qlik received a large number of submissions from universities around the globe and the judges were delighted by the response and dedication of the students who managed to complete their submissions along with completing their semesters remotely. Speaking on the announcement of the challenge winners, Jennifer Danckaert, Senior Manager, Qlik Academic Program said “I am so very pleased with the level of interest and participation in our first-ever global Academic Program Datathon. Given the challenges we have all been facing, it was wonderful to see students from all over the world digging in and working so hard during the Datathon, and the results were fantastic! It is obvious that these students care about the climate and want to do what they can to help.”

“We congratulate all the students for their participation in the Qlik Datathon. We have truly enjoyed reviewing all the app solutions and exploring the various ways of dealing with the challenges presented. We at C40 believe in the power of data. Cities are leading the transition into a sustainable future by addressing some of today’s biggest challenges. However, they need to be able to effectively analyse, understand, and utilize their data. We hope the students enjoyed learning and working with real-life climate data and challenges. We also hope all the participants will stay connected in the climate movement and help us build a fair and sustainable future for everyone,” said Julia Moreno Rosino, Data Analyst at C40 Cities.

Observations on drought, temperature and rainfall by Sri Teja Makam and Vinay Kumar Reddy Kandula: Team Young Hustlers from Vidya Jyothi Institute of Technology, India

Qlik plans to announce another Datathon in the fall of 2020. Interested students attending an accredited university can sign up for the Qlik Academic Program to receive free, full-year access to the Qlik software and training. The program is also accessible to qualified university professors, and researchers to help them educate and train the next generation of experts leading with data. In addition to the opportunity to work towards real-world impactful solutions, participating students will get the chance to enhance their standing within their university community and increase their data literacy and data skills, which will set them apart for future opportunities. Sign up today by visiting qlik.com/academicprogram.

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