Data VizArt

Student Challenge

Submission phase for the Finals Round is now Open.
Qualifying Round winners: remember to submit before March 13, 2020 8:00 p.m.ET!


Event overview

CIBC, Deloitte and Tableau are excited to announce the Data VizArt Student Challenge (DVA), a nationwide competition for data visualization, storytelling and analytics, open to undergraduate / graduate students from post-secondary, full-time programs across Canada. Students can participate as part of a team of 2 or 3; all team members must be from the same school, regardless of faculty or program. Teams are limited to a maximum of 3 participants.

Free to enter!

The Challenge is FREE to enter, and winners will be awarded prizes and exclusive career networking opportunities with three of Canada’s leading organizations.

Tableau Software

Contestants will have access to open data sets and Tableau Desktop software to create their visualizations.

Here’s how it works

  • 1.

    Form a Team

    Assemble a team of creative and curious people who love a challenge and want to hone their data visualization skills. Assign a Team Captain. Each team must have a minimum of two (2), to a maximum of three (3) participants, including the Team Captain. And remember all team members must be from the same school.

  • 2.

    Get Started

    Competition opens January 10, 2020! Download Tableau Desktop for Students, open the data sets provided (on January 10, 2020), and start building your viz! A business problem will be provided for each round of the competition. Keep in mind that no additional data should be used to create your visualizations.

  • 3.


    The Qualifying Round closes on January 24, 2020! Make sure to have your assigned Team Captain upload your visualization into Tableau Public and full out the submission form on our site. The link to your Visualization on Tableau Public must be copied into/inserted in your Data VizArt registration & submission form.

  • 4.

    Congrats, Qualifying Round Winners!

    Winning team captains will be contacted over the coming weeks to make arrangements for the Finals Round event. In the meantime, check back on February 13, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. ET for the Finals Round business case.

  • 5.

    Finals Round Opens

    The data and business case will be released on February 13, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. ET. The Finals Round business case will be made available to all; however, only the Qualifying Round winning team submissions will be considered for the final round of the competition. It's time to step it up a notch and bring your best viz forward! Remember, Finals Round submissions are due on March 13, 2020 at 8:00 pm ET.

  • 6.

    Pack Your Things!

    Qualifying Round winning teams will travel to Toronto, ON, to present their visualizations to a panel of judges. First and second place winners of the Finals Round will be announced on March 27, 2020 at the awards ceremony.

To learn more about the Challenge, click here to read the competition Official Rules.

Official Rules

Grand Prizes

The prizes for the first and second place winners will be cash or cash-equivalent.

Second Place
First Place

Contest Timelines

The contest has two rounds: Qualifying and Finals Rounds.

Qualifying Round (January – February 2020)

  • 1

    Jan. 10, 2020

    Announcement of Business Case (Registration Opens at 12:00 p.m. ET)

  • 2

    Jan. 24, 2020

    Deadline for Submission of Visualization (Registration Closes at 8:00 p.m. ET)

  • 3

    Feb. 11, 2020

    Announcement of Advancement of Winners

Finals Round (February – March 2020)

  • 4

    Feb. 13, 2020

    Announcement of Business Case for Qualifying Round winners (12:00 p.m. ET)

  • 5

    Mar. 13, 2020

    Deadline for Submission of Visualization for Qualifying Round winners (Submission Closes at 8:00 p.m. ET)

  • 6

    Mar. 27, 2020

    Final Presentation in Toronto, Judging, Winners Announced

Qualifying Round winners will be announced and notified by email on Feb. 11, 2020. Based on the judging criteria, the top 10 winning teams will be selected to participate in the Finals Round taking place in Toronto.

Qualifying Round winning teams will be published on the DVA website on February 11, 2020. The finals event will be held in Toronto, Ontario. Winners of the Qualifying Round will receive transportation to Toronto on March 26, 2020, and accommodations. Once in Toronto, teams will present their visualizations on March 27, 2020. The first and second place winners will be announced during the March 27th awards event, after presentations.

What are the qualifying judging criteria?

Total criterion will be scored from 0 – 100 (0 being the lowest and 100 being the highest)

• The panel of judges is made up of representatives from CIBC, Deloitte, and Tableau Canada

• Judging for Qualifying Round will be completed in advance of the Finals Round; Finals Round judging will be done in person in Toronto, Ontario

See the Official Rules for more details on the scoring criteria.

Official Rules


Does the visualization intersect data analysis and creativity to present the insights?


Is the visualization beautiful, easy to interpret, relevant, and effective?


Does the visualization articulate the problem and clearly provide insight in drawing conclusions based on the represented data? Do all viewers of the visualization come to the same conclusion and understanding?

Analytically Correct

Was the data provided used? Was the data transformed or manipulated to warrant the information inaccurate?

Visualization Presentation – For Winning Teams Proceeding to the Finals Round
The 10 Qualifying Round winning teams will be asked to present their visualization in person to a panel of judges made up of representatives from CIBC, Deloitte, and Tableau Canada. Presentations are limited to 10 minutes in length; time will be added to accommodate questions from the contest judges. The panel will use the qualifying judging plus the final presentation to determine the winners.

The Finals Round Business Case is Live!

See below for details

Climate Change

and Sustainability


“Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate Change.”

– Sir David Attenborough

Key Considerations

Climate change is a global challenge that recognizes no borders. The world is reeling from not just the direct effects of climate change, but also its compounding effects on the many existing challenges faced by humankind. Recognizing the criticality of tackling climate change, the United Nations has included it as one of its sustainable development goals. Countries around the world are taking steps but is it too little too late?

With the given data on climate change and sustainability, can you present a compelling narrative that creates awareness and spurs action? Some of the questions that might be interesting to explore are:

•  How do we know climate change is real?
•  What are the leading causes of climate change?
•  Are human activities causing an ecological imbalance
•  What regions of the world are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change?
•  What regions are best prepared?
•  What steps is Canada taking to tackle the threats posed by climate change? Are we on the right track?
•  What is the outlook for the future if we take the right steps now? What could happen
if we don’t?

Finals Round Data

Important considerations:

No other external data sets can be used for creating the visualization


Teams must use a minimum of 4 (four) datasets provided


Data is provided in Microsoft Excel file format and geographic data is in .shp file format


Please cite the data used in your workbook.


Qualifying Round winners check your inboxes for the submission instructions!


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