Qonnections Preview: Data in Action!

Bike rides for charity, car races, claw machines and much more!

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It’s almost Qonnections time, and we are so excited for all the happenings that will take place next week! One special aspect of Qonnections this year ties to our corporate responsibility program, where we use data as a source for change in areas affected by climate change. During the event you might wonder why you’ll see various people riding bikes….here’s the backstory.

Many of us have owned a bike at some point in our lives. In third world countries, where means of transportation are very limited, one bike can really make a difference. Qlik Corporate Responsibility partner We See Hope works to support young people in Southern and Eastern Africa. Their goal is to restore, protect, educate, equip, and sustain people for the long-term. Alongside many other projects, they run a bike program to donate bikes to young entrepreneurs to help with their new business ventures.

Qlik has decided, with your help, to try and donate as many bikes as possible to this worth cause! During the General Session at Qonnections, Jimmie Gull, Qlik’s VP Product Operations will take over the first hour and a half of riding, and later attendees will be invited to ride the bike located in the Innovation Showcase at the Discovery Exposition. Using real-time results, Qlik will be donating $150 per every mile ridden.

Another exciting interactive aspect of Qonnections - we’re bringing back The Qlik IoT Race Game! If you’re not up for a bike ride, make sure you try your hand at racing your favorite car around the Qlik Carrera race track. All you must do is answer a series of multiple-choice questions about Qlik using a Qlik Sense app. A higher score equals more power when fully pressing the trigger. A lower score means less power, so Points Make Power here. Using Qlik's flexible Data Analytics platform and open APIs, sensors measure the number of laps, lap times and engine power and send this data to Qlik. Embedded analytics are then used in mash-ups to display near real time data on the Qlik leader board screens. Prizes will be awarded to all participants. Thanks to Ford, the person with the fastest overall race time will win 2 VIP tickets to a NASCAR race of their choosing.

It’s also never a real party without a Claw Machine! Finding the data you are looking for in a Big Data repository is a long, frustrating and repetitive process, just like trying to grab prize! At Qonnections, participants are invited to try and grab a prize using the claw machine. A few of the prizes will have a gold label, which will give the winner an additional prize of a mini-drone!

Whether you're a business leader, a BI professional, a developer or attendee looking to have a great time, you've got a world of discovery ahead of you! We can’t wait to see you all on Monday in Orlando!

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