You are free to choose whatever tools you like for the hackathon.
If you don’t have preferences and are looking for recommendation, here are some of our favourite picks with links to learning resources.
For data manipulation, cleansing, analysis:
Alteryx – A powerful, no-code data preparation and analytics tool. You can get a free licence if you are an active student, or you can apply for a free 14-day trial.
Alteryx Academy: a collection of resources to help you get started with Alteryx or learn a specific topic.
Data Blending for Dummies, Alteryx Special Edition: an e-book covering the fundamentals on the subject of data blending. Perfect if you are new to the concept.
Alteryx ADAPT program: A program built to up-skill individuals whose employment status has been impacted by COVID-19.
For data visualisation:
Tableau – Data visualisation and analysis software with an intuitive interface to help people “see and understand their data”. You can get free licence if you are a full-time student, or you can apply for a free 14-day trial. Their public gallery is a great place to find inspirations. E.g. Some Simple Steps for Better Dashboard Design.
Power BI – Data management, preparation and visualisation software that enables a range of analysis. The Data Stories Gallery – collection of public Power BI dashboards. Search by “kudos” level or topic and download in order to reverse engineer and learn new tips, tricks and techniques.
The Power BI Resource Centre – published and maintained by Microsoft, this documentation is always be a good place to turn when learning or if you are stuck on a particular challenge.
Flourish – a platform with cool animation-based visualisations (e.g. bar chart race). Public version is free.
Other resources for inspiration:
Tiny Viz Talks – A community that shares best practice advice on data analysis and visualisation through quarterly speaking events. Sign up using the website link to attend the virtual, October event.
The Pudding – get inspired for story-telling with their publications that explains ideas debated in culture with visual essays.