While analytics is most often used by businesses to support strategy, on the 28th of October, 2017, Team Computers decided to use BI for a unique purpose: to work with United Nations data to provide useful insights for their peacekeeping work around the world.
Qlikathon, 2017, a 12 hour hackathon for the development of dashboards, is a powerhouse of innovation in the sphere of analytics and business intelligence. This is a first of the series of hackathons for developers that Team Computers will host over the next few years. The succeeding one is being organized in Mumbai early 2018.
One of the most pressing goals of the United Nations is to combat violence and strife arising out of conflicts across the globe. Data is the essential fodder to explore the cause of conflict, its nature, the main players and subsequently, its reduction. For the purpose of this Qlikathon, data of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a region plagued by conflict for decades were used. The challenge centered around analyzing this conflict, and enabling the UN to resolve and soften conflicts wherever possible.
“The Qlikathon is a first of its kind to happen in India for Qlik developers and enthusiasts, and it has energized the whole ecosystem. More partners want to emulate this and Team Computers has been a trend setter on this, like always. “Kudos to Team for the initiative,’’ said Chaitanya, Lead – Channels at Qlik India, who was part of the three member jury for the event.
The event, open to Qlik developers stationed in and around NCR, saw an unusual combination of collaboration and competitiveness at the same time. Akhil Jain (Team Computers), who won the first prize of INR 50K, was often seen helping participants on how to add an extension, or explaining to newbies ways in which the data could be looked at. “For me, the Qlikathon was a great opportunity to test my skills, learn from other developers and become a part of the larger Qlik community”. Jaganand, who works closely with Akhil on a day-to-day basis was not surprised at the result. “Akhil, having a background in presales, has a thought process and a way of interpreting things that’s way different. His story-telling through his dashboard was distinct, it had a strong user interface. He showed his capability of meeting the requirements in quick time, regardless of the complex data set”, he said. The second and third prizes of INR 30K and 20K, were awarded to Mukul Kumar from Team Computers and Rahul Gupta from MakeMyTrip.
“I’m happy that Qlikathon happened. It is a dream come true for me, personally and for Team. I feel that it not only gave the developers the opportunity to demonstrate their tech skills, but also got them emotionally connected with each other. We hope to take Qlikathon national one day, and in the process build a budding community of Qlik developers that believe in the power of ideas and innovation,” states Jatin Sawhney, Director – Business Analytics at Team Computers who first conceptualized the idea of the Qlikathon. With Team being the first Qlik partner in India, Jatin and his team have played a pivotal role in establishing the tool in the Indian market.