New Datathon Challenge to tackle global climate resiliency

Qlik Academic Program and C40 Cities will face up to climate change with students all over the globe

Qlik, the business intelligence company focused on data integration and analytics, has this week announced the launch of its first international Datathon Challenge.

Delivered in partnership with C40 Cities – a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change – students from around the globe will be invited to use Qlik’s analytics and public data to construct universally-applicable climate change solutions.

The team from Qlik’s Academic Program will head up a series of challenges this spring, giving students the chance innovate climate health and sustainability solutions. Entries will be judged by Qlik and C40 Cities, with winners being announced this April before being presented at QlikWorld™ in Phoenix, Arizona, this May.

“We’ve seen repeatedly in global demonstrations and the advocacy of Greta Thunberg how the global youth are rightly concerned and energised about the fate of the planet. What they need is a way to turn that passion into action and impact,” said Julie Kae, executive director of “We’ve seen the power of climate-focused data applications through partners like C40 Cities, and are thrilled to do our part in enabling the next generation to create real solutions to climate issues through data.”

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Participants of the Datathon Challenge will receive complementary licenses for the data visualisation software, Qlik Sense Business, making use of publicly-available data sets to design and execute their projects. This year’s challenges will centre on adaptation, air quality and climate resiliency for cities on all corners of the globe. The submission deadline is 3 April, and finalists will be announced one week later.

On top of being able to drive impactful real-world solutions, student participants will build their reputation within the higher education realm, boosting their skills in literacy and data handling which will give them an edge over future career competition.

Qlik hopes to deliver a Datathon Challenge every semester, collaborating with international university partners to deliver each one. The Qlik Academic Program provides qualified university professors, students and researchers with free Qlik software and resources to help educate and train the next generation of experts leading with data. Sign up today by visiting

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