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The new incarnation of DataGeek, DataGenius, had more entries, more prizes, more votes, more winners and more data than any year before. Datagenius’ from 23 different countries submitted entries on topics from hipster boyfriends, to refugees to books, to the NBA, to deforestation. Check out all entries here and the winners here.


Who submitted and what did they submit?

This round of DataGenius saw 45% of entries be submitted by students.



The student submitters look like they have a special interest in social and sports topics. Over 70% of their entries were almost equally split between the ‘Health & Social Impact Alliance’ and ‘Galactic League of Entertainment & Sports’.  Meanwhile SAP were split almost equally across all four categories with a slight skewing towards social topics and business topics.


The ‘Health & Social Impact Alliance’ though dominated across all groups and was the highest entry category.


Another interesting facet was what categories where of most focus by country.


Submitters from India submitted the most entries in Health & Social Impact while the US submitters put the highest number of their entries in Entertainment & Sports.

How did they rank themselves and what technology did they use?

Data Initiates represented >50% of entries. Lumira Desktop was used in 65% of entries.


How did the voting play in?

Voting was used this year to determine who would win in two new prize categories: People’s Choice and SAP Partners Medal of Valour. There were over 3500 votes from over users in over 50 countries around the world. ‘Health & Social Impact Alliance’ entries got the most by a pretty big margin. Data Expert Entries seemed to also resonate with people as they were where 50% of the votes went.



In terms of timing, voting peaked on the second day but saw another upswing on the last day.



Other DataGenius Highlights

  • Over 1000+ shares on social sites, 10m social impressions, 30k+ web sessions (1/3 of them during the voting period), 18k users from 134 countries.
  • At SAP TechEd Las Vegas, 70+ DataGeniuses came together to tackle 7000+ rows of data from Made in a Free World, an organization helping companies identify and circumvent slavery in their supply chains.  They produced 50+ dashboards that were judged by Made in a Free World representatives. Read more about it here.
  • DataGenius mentors got to represent at SAP and DataGenius at a US Government event around Community Data in September for members of the Global Partnership on Sustainable Development Data. Read Andrew Fox’s blog ‘A DataGenius goes on Tour to Washington DC’.
  • Thanks to the DataGenius mentors efforts in Washington, SAP was invited back to speak at a UN event about data.


These are some of the facts and facets of DataGenius IV in the data. Hope you enjoyed the challenge! Expect a further transformation and evolution for DataGenius 2016!

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