Farid Bouchakour takes a quick look at how to map particle velocity in SideFX Houdini demonstrating how you are able to map particle velocity to the color of the particle, which might not be that obvious in Houdini.

Quick tutorial about maping velocity inside houdini

Creating a quick scene with particles, Farid notes that the uses for velocity are numerous and and most important for some particle work, using the the Houdini VOPPoP to manipulate existing attributes of the particles.