1. What are the judging criteria for this challenge?
Qualifying Round entries will be judged based on:
- Innovation – Intersect data analysis and creativity to present your insights. 25%
- Design – Submit an appealing, easy to interpret, relevant, and effective visualization. 25%
- Storytelling – Create a visualization that articulates the problem and clearly draw conclusions based on the represented data. Ensure that all viewers of the visualization come to the same conclusion and understanding. 25%
- Analytically Correct – Ensure that the visualization is analytically correct. Use only the data provided; do not introduce new sources, or transform or manipulate the data. 25%
Our judges will evaluate and award a total score between 0-100 to each submission, based on scores between 0-25 for each of the four above-listed criteria. The top ten submissions that receive the highest overall score will be selected to advance to the Finals Round.
The Finals Round entries will be judged based on:
- Innovation – Intersect data analysis and creativity to present the insights. 15%
- Design – Submit an appealing, easy to interpret, relevant, and effective visualization. 30%
- Analytically Correct – Ensure the visualization is analytically correct. Use only the data provided; do not introduce new sources, or transform or manipulate the data. 15%
- Storytelling & Final Pitch – Present your Finals Round visualization in person to a panel of Challenge judges. Presentations are limited to 10 minutes. Pitches should be creative and strategic with the objective of selling judges on insights. 40%
Our judges will evaluate and award a total score between 0-100 to each submission, based on the four above-listed criteria.
2. Where are the Challenge Official Rules posted?
Find the Challenge Official Rules here.
3. What are the Eligibility Criteria?
To participate in the Challenge, each member must be at least the age of majority in his or her jurisdiction of residence, a Canadian resident, and have no relation to the development or promotion of the Challenge, or its sponsors. Check the Official Rules for more information.
4. As a part-time student, can I still register for the challenge?
Only full-time students currently enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary school can participate in the Challenge. Part-time students are not eligible to participate in the contest.
5. I am an International Student. Am I Eligible?
If you are enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary institution and are physically studying in Canada, then you ARE indeed eligible to participate in the competition, providing you are still an active student during the duration of the competition. We will be verifying your student status during the competition.
6. I am an intern of Deloitte, CIBC or Tableau. Am I Eligible?
The competition runs from January 10th, 2020 through March 27th, 2020. If during this time you are involved in an internship with any of the partners; Deloitte, CIBC or Tableau, then you are NOT eligible to participate in the competition. Should you have interned with any of the companies in the past or plan to do so after the competition concludes, this will not be a reason for you to be disqualified.
7. I am in a co-op program, am I still eligible?
If you are enrolled in a co-op program in any institution and are an active full time student, then you are eligible to participate in the contest. If you are on a work term during the time that the competition runs, then you must ensure you are not using company time or equipment to participate in the competition, and you must do this in your own time.
8. I don’t have a team – can I register as an individual?
To register, you must be a part of a team of at least two, to a maximum of three, eligible students from the same Canadian post-secondary school.
9. I participated in the Challenge last year – can I register again this year?
Yes, you can participate in the Challenge as long as you are a full-time student currently enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary school. Check the Official Rules for more information.
10. Can my team make updates to our submission?
You will not be able to make updates to your submission after it has been submitted.
11. Will I receive confirmation if I made it past the first round of judging?
Qualifying Round winners will be notified by email on February 11, 2020 at 8:00 pm ET; Finals Round winners will be notified during the final event held in Toronto, Ontario. Winners will also be announced on thestudentchallenge.ca following each competition round.
12. I can’t go to Toronto to present my Finals Round visualization, can I participate remotely?
All team members of Finals Round teams must be physically present at and participate in the Toronto Event. Presentations are limited to 10 minutes each and must be conducted in English. In the event of a tie in either round, the highest score in the Analytically Correct category will break the tie.
13. I missed the registration deadline, can I still enroll in the challenge?
Only submissions received by the submission deadline will be accepted.
14. Can I be disqualified?
Failure to meet the contest Official Rules may result in disqualification.
15. Can I drop out at any time? If so, will you delete my entry?
You have the right to withdraw your submission or team at any time by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
16. Is there a fee to enter?
There is no entry fee to enter.
17. How do we form a Team?
Create a team of at least two, to a maximum of three, eligible students from the same Canadian post-secondary school. Designate one team member as team captain, who will be responsible for registering all team members and submitting the team visualization(s).
18. Can 2 or 3 students from different regions or schools work together?
All team members must be from the same Canadian post-secondary school.
19. How do I submit?
The Qualifying Round submission form opens on January 10, 2020 on the Data VizArt website and closes January 24, 2020 at 8:00:00 pm ET
20. What software do I need to download?
You will need Tableau for Students, you can find a link to it here or through the DVA website.
21. What are the system requirements for downloading Tableau?
Find technical specs here.
22. Having trouble acquiring a Tableau for Students license?
First ensure you are a full-time student with a Canadian post secondary institution. If so, you can find the student resources page here.
23. Do I own the IP rights in my submission?
You must own all rights to your submission, and it must be original and non-infringing. You retain all rights in your submission, but you permit the sponsors to use it for the Challenge and for marketing and promotional purposes.
24. What are the winning prizes?
One grand prize will be awarded to the winning team, with a maximum cash or cash-equivalent value of $3,000 CDN.
One runners up prize will be awarded to the runner up team, with a maximum cash or cash-equivalent value of $1,500 CDN.
25. If I make it into the challenge finals, will my travel costs be covered?
Yes, Qualifying Round winners will receive travel and accommodation, subject to limitations set forth in the Official Rules, for the Finals Round, held in Toronto, Ontario from March 26 – 27, 2020.
26. I have more questions, who should I contact?
Click here for any Challenge-related questions.
27. What is a .SHP data file?
The shapefile (.shp) format is a digital vector storage format for storing geometric location and associated attribute information. More information can be found here.
28. Can I use external data in my analysis?
No external data may used in your submission. External data is considered anything not found in the data hosted on DVA website.
29. Can I transform the provided data?
Yes. You can transform and join the data in external tools such as Tableau Prep, Excel and SQL. However no external data can be integrated and used in your submission.
30. What medium will the finals round presentations be on?
You will present your Tableau workbook on Tableau Reader to our judges and the audience. No other software such as Powerpoint can be used.