Data VizArt

Student Challenge

The qualifying round is open!

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Please Note: If you downloaded the data on Friday Jan. 10, 2020, kindly re-download it as a bug was discovered in the Age Group Column of the Prevalence of Cannabis Consumption in Canada data set. It has since been fixed and we apologize for the inconvenience.

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.


    Competition closes January 24, 2020! Have your assigned Team Captain upload your visualization into Tableau Public. The link to your Viz on Tableau Public must be copied into/inserted in your Data VizArt registration & submission form.

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 13, 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 Qualifying Round Business Case is Live!

See below for details

Canada & Cannabis


As the first developed country to legalize cannabis nationwide, the rest of the world is watching Canada with high expectations. It has now been over a year since the legalization of cannabis in Canada and the data is pouring in.

Key Considerations

With the given data around usage, prices, crime, industry, etc. what story can you best present on Cannabis in Canada? Here are a few questions you might want to explore.

•  How does cannabis consumption differ across Canada?
•  Are there any differences in how men and women use cannabis products and their reasons for consumption?
•  How does cannabis consumption change with age of the consumer?
•  What are some interesting trends and what could be the next one?
•  How has legalization affected drug-related crime statistics?
•  How does the market for recreational use differ from that for medical use?
•  What are some key regional differences within the cannabis industry?

Qualifying 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


Our Data Providers


Aeroview Technologies Inc. is a full-service analytics solutions provider. With a primary focus on location-based analytics, Aeroview Technologies offers a full suite of products and services that help customers leverage the power of spatial analytics to solve complex operational challenges. We have 20+ years’ experience in providing location-enabled solutions that are accurate, cost-effective, and integrate easily into existing infrastructure.

ThinkData Works, Inc.

(ThinkData) is a Toronto-based company founded in 2014. ThinkData created Namara – a data management platform that enables businesses to access, manage, enhance, and integrate data to develop new products and gain insight. Built for data professionals, Namara is a data refinery for the enterprise, designed to let organizations and individuals access high-value data in standard formats. To learn more, please visit Namara and follow us @ThinkDataWorks and on LinkedIn.

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Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada is the national statistical office. The agency ensures Canadians have the key information on Canada’s economy, society and environment that they require to function effectively as citizens and decision makers.

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Deloitte DATAVault

DATAVault unlocks new potential for our client engagements through a leading internal Practitioner facing platform that provides information on available data, innovative tools and services. Setting the standard for delivering superior value and quantitative insights through the power of data.

Submission Process

Qualifying Round Submission Checklist

Step 1: Form Your Team

Your team can have a min. of 2 and a max. of 3 participants; all team members must be enrolled as full-time students from the same post-secondary school. Oh, and make sure you’ve assigned a team captain.

Step 2: Download Tableau Desktop for Students

Here is a link for Tableau Desktop for Students. If you need help, check out Tableau training modules here.

Step 3: Register on Tableau Public

Register here, on Tableau Public. For ideas, check visualization examples in the gallery here.

Step 4: Download the Data

The Qualifying Round data sets can be found in the section above.

Step 5: Before You Submit

When you’re ready to submit your visualization, be sure to upload it to tableau public prior to your DVA submission. Instructions to upload your viz to Tableau Public can be found here.


When submitting, you will be asked to include the URL of your visualization on Tableau Public.
(The URL for your visualization can be obtained by navigating to your visualization on Tableau public and copying the address displayed in your browsers URL bar)


Your submissions are by default publicly downloadable on Tableau Public, please keep public downloading of the visualization enabled.


The email address used for your submission must be your post secondary institution email address.


Don’t leave your submission to the last minute! The Qualifying Round closes on January 24, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. ET


Submission Portal

After you submit, you’ll receive an email to let you know that your submission has been received.
Check your junk mail if you don’t receive it! Please note that the email is acknowledging receipt only and not a validation of qualification of the submission.

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Last Year’s Winners
First Place Team: The Vizards
Second Place Team: Vizness Analysts


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