1. What are the judging criteria for this challenge?
Qualifying Round entries will be judged based on:
- Innovation – Intersection of data analysis and creative representation of that data.
- Design – Execution of creative representation: beautiful, easy to interpret, relevant,
- Analytically Correct – Was data provided on the Website actually used. New sources were not introduced. Data was not transformed or manipulated to warrant the information inaccurate.
The Panel will evaluate each Submission based upon the above criteria and award a score of between 0-75 for each Submission, based on scores between 0-25 for each of the three above-listed criteria. The ten (10) Submissions that receive the highest overall score from the Panel will be selected to advance to the Finals Round.
The Finals Round entries will be judged based on:
- Storytelling/Presentation – Does the presentation articulate the problem and clearly provide insight in drawing conclusions based on represented data. Does everyone come to the same conclusion and understanding?
Based on the scores from the Qualifying Round and the Finals Round, a total score out of 100 will be determined for each finalist team. The team with the highest score will be declared the winning team, and the team with the next highest score will be declared the runner-up team. In the event of a tie, the highest score in the “Storytelling/Presentation” category will break the tie.
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 April 20th, 2021 through June 11th, 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 May 31, 2020 at 8:00 pm ET; Finals Round winners will be notified on June 11, 2021. Winners will also be announced on thestudentchallenge.ca following each competition round.
12. I missed the registration deadline, can I still enroll in the challenge?
Only submissions received by the submission deadline will be accepted.
13. Can I be disqualified?
Failure to meet the contest Official Rules may result in disqualification.
14. 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.
15. Is there a fee to enter?
There is no entry fee to enter.
16. 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).
17. Can 2 or 3 students from different regions or schools work together?
All team members must be from the same Canadian post-secondary school.
18. How do I submit?
The Qualifying Round submission form opens on April 19, 2021 on the Data VizArt website and closes May 10, 2021 at 8:00:00 pm ET
19. 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.
20. What are the system requirements for downloading Tableau?
Find technical specs here.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. I have more questions, who should I contact?
Click here for any Challenge-related questions.
25. 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.
26. 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.
27. 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.
28. 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.