Data 4 Change: the Winners of the Open Data Challenge!

Congratulations are in order to our four winners who built outstanding Qlik Sense apps using open data!

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As many of you are well-aware, we take #Data4Change seriously here at Qlik. My colleague Evan Siff has posted some great examples recently including our work with Circle of Blue and Namaste Direct. Today, we highlight a new chapter of our Data 4 Change efforts calling on the collective acumen of our most ardent Qlik Sense users.

Back on December 15, 2015 we announced a new Open Data Challenge and we sought to make this year’s contest special:

Participants will be asked to use free, public data from http://www.datacatalogs.org on issues such as the environment, populations, education and health to create an app in Qlik Sense that not only analyzes, but inspires users to take action.

The apps began to pour in as the calendar turned to 2016, but we needed to spice things up a bit. We looped in two of the heavy hitters in the data visualization community to be our celebrity judges: Alberto Cairo of The Functional Art and Kaiser Fung of Junk Charts. After many hours of deliberation: we’ve tabulated the judges’ votes and the public’s votes. Here are the final results:

Our $1,000 student winner is Antoine Bargain who currently studies at EISTI (International School of the Information Processing Sciences) in Cergy, France (just outside of Paris). His app is titled “Fasten Seatbelts” and as shown below, he mapped out the causes of traffic accidents over the span of five years including atmospheric conditions, wet or icy road surfaces, and types of intersections. Bravo Antoine!

Fasten Seatbelts 

Now onto our Top 3 Open Data Challenge finishers:

In third place, awarded the princely sum of $2,500, also from France, is Yoann Duval of the Exelcio Group. Yoann’s app is called “Learning World” and it allows viewers to analyze gross worldwide enrollment and how government expenditure in primary, secondary and tertiary education can improve this rate.

Learning World 

In second place, awarded $5,000 is yet another bleu, blanc et rouge award winner: the team of Julien Anceau & Adrien Gallot of Business Decision Group. They built a Qlik Sense app called “Road to Open Data” which takes the user on a guided tour of over 250 indicators and allows the user to customize their entire journey based on their geography. Really great work Julien and Adrien!

Road to Open Data 

That leads us to the big $10,000 winner, none other than the team of Speros Kokenes of Axis Group and Caitlin Daugherty of Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education. They have been awarded the top prize for their “Across Borders” app which visualizes data collected from 2000-2015 on displaced people throughout the world in order to show refugee immigration patterns, plus where they gain status and seek asylum. You can learn much more about this data by checking out the app here.

Across Borders 

All told, we want to take time out to thank everyone that took the time to send in submissions for the Open Data Challenge. It’s also worth noting that many of the apps that didn’t make the Top 3 were still excellent contributions.

Personally, I was fascinated with two apps addressing crime data by Anosh Nathaniel (LA County Crime Analysis) and Chris Piccin (Chicago Crime Data). One of the advantages of using Qlik Sense and sifting through large sets of open data is the ability to find hidden insights. In Anosh’s app, we learn that crimes in Los Angeles most often occur at noon and at midnight, by a very wide margin.

LA Crime Data 

In Chris’ app we learn that the affluent area around the Loop in Chicago, has the ninth highest per capita crime rate and an abnormally high instance of theft (largely in small retail stores).

Chicago Crime Data 

These types of insights are exactly what open data is capable of telling us when you have the right visual analytics platform for the job!

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