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Data Challenge

Tell a story with data 

The Data Challenge will bring together three competitive events, the Open Data Visualization (6th annual), Data Analytics (2nd Edition), and Data Sprint (2nd Edition) on November 192021 in a hybrid format - virtually & in-person! Take up the challenge and demonstrate the power of data, with the flexibility to take part remotely.

Data Challenge Competitions

Competition Guide     Register now     Showcase your organization

In every challenge, there's opportunity

Participants and teams will have the chance to showcase their ability to tell a story driven by data in three unique competitive formats. Teams can participate in all three competitive events. It is an ideal setting for citizens to get engaged, to meet leaders in academia, government, and private organizations, and to explore the world of data science.  


Pre-requisites

Every participant must meet the below pre-requisites to take part in the 2021 Data Challenge successfully. The competition is not restricted to students.

  • Team registration with each team member's information. (up to 4 people per team)
  • Teams registered for Data Visualization & Data Analytics must submit their posters by Nov. 7 at 11:59 pm Atlantic time.
  • One member from each team must carry their laptop and charger to the event venue.
  • Online participants will also require a


Event Schedule 

The Data Challenge will take place on November 192021 in-person at the Wu Conference Centre. All teams in the Data Visualization & Data Analytics tracks will present in the morning, and finalists will present after lunch. Data Sprint participants will only have one chance to present.

Teams have the option to participant virtually via Microsoft Teams. Based on the competition schedule, online teams will hop on the meeting link and tell their data story to a panel of judges.

November 19, 2021

  • Data Visualization competition (eliminations and finals) 
  • Data Analytics competition (eliminations and finals) 
  • Data Sprint competition (finals)  
  • Awards and networking evening 

November 18, 2021 

  • Data Sprint teams will receive one data set in the morning. They have 24 hours to work on it and present their findings on Nov. 19 during the Data Challenge event. 
 Register now

 

Data Visualization Competition (6th annual)

Teams will assess and analyze data related to one of the 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and present to an audience to communicate a recommendation, story, or new idea. This allows for better decision-making and more varied solutions to problems that span a wide range of social, environmental, and economic topics. 

Presentation round

Each team will be required to present their data story to a panel of judges through data visualizations (charts, graphs, etc.) using any software (PowerPoint, Tableau, Keynote, etc). Participants will need to share their screen on Microsoft Teams and present to a panel of judges. 

  • The presentations are limited to four minutes, followed by a ten-minute Q&A period.
  • Eliminations before lunch.
  • 6 finalists will present after lunch.
  • Prizes: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
  • Submission deadlineAll teams must submit their completed presentations via ibec@unb.ca on Nov 18, 2021.


Infographic round

Your infographic posters will be showcased at the event venue. You will neither be presenting your infographic posters or required to be showcase them. 

  • Portrait format: JPEG or PDF file format, medium or high resolution (min 300 DPI). 
  • Submission deadline: Nov 7, 2021. 
  • Prizes: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place + viewer's choice. 


Data sets (open)

  • You may use any open data sets available to the public that relate to at least 1 of the 17 Goals in the 2030 Agenda.


Team composition

  • Teams can have one to four participants.
  • Open to students and non-students.
  • Check pre-requisites section.

Data Visualization Guidelines

Register now (complete by 11:59 pm Nov 1, 2021)

 

Data Analytics Competition (2nd annual)

Teams will get to put their analytical skills to the test and present their insights to an audience. Teams must choose one of the five data sets provided (available Oct3rd). What insights are you able to discover? How well can you separate the useful information from the "noise"? What outcomes are you able to predict? What are your recommendations?    

Data analytics preview

Presentation round

Each team is required to present their data insights to a panel of judges explaining how they arrived at those insights through a data analytics platform of choice. Teams must be able to convey their complex analysis as simply as possible, and tell a story.  

You will need to present your analysis to a panel of judges within 10 mins followed by a 10 min Q&A period. During your presentation you must show all the steps, tests, justifications, and decisions you took to arrive at your insight/prediction. Will the problem be clearly articulated? Will the null hypothesis testing be stated properly? Do you have a clear rationale for the choice of a statistical method and have your checked for normality or variance? Is there any consideration of privacy and ethical issues? Are the charts used appropriately?

You must be able to explain to a lay person these steps in a clear and concise manner. You may use any method for displaying your analysis, for example Jupyter Notebook, PowerPoint, or in SPSS or  STATA directly so long as you are able to display this through Microsoft Teams.

  • The presentations are limited to ten minutes, followed by a ten-minute Q&A period. 
  • Eliminations before lunch. 
  • 6 finalists will present after lunch. 
  • Prizes: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. 
  • Submission deadline: All teams must showcase their completed presentations via ibec@unb.ca on Nov 19, 2021. 


Teaser poster round

Using only 3 sentences, how much curiosity can you generate for your presentation? The teaser-posters will be shared with the judges before the competition. You will neither be presenting your teaser-posters or required to showcase them. 

  • Word document: 3 sentences that capture your analysis and generate interest. 
  • Submission deadline: Nov 7, 2021. 
  • Prizes: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place + viewer's choice. 


Data sets (fixed)

  • Data sets will be provided on Oct 22, 2021. 
  • Teams must select one data set to work on. 
  • You can supplement your analysis with another data set provided it is an open data set. 


Team composition

  • Teams can have one to four participants.
  • Open to students and non-students.
  • Check pre-requisites section.
Data Analytics Guidelines

Register now (complete by 11:59 pm Nov 1, 2021)

 

Data Sprint Competition (2nd annual)

This fun hackathon-style competition will put your data skills to the test in a time-tied scenario. There is little preparation required as the data set will provided on Nov 18, 2021, one day ahead of the event date.  Can you tackle a data set with speed, accuracy, and creativity? Choose your teams wisely! 

Presentation round

One data set will be released to all registered teams a day in advance. All teams will get one chance to present their findings to a panel of data experts, so speed, accuracy, and creativity all count!

Similar to the analytics track, you must be able to explain to a lay person these steps in a clear and concise manner. You may use any method for displaying your analysis, for example Jupyter Notebook, PowerPoint, or in SPSS or STATA directly so long as you are able to display this on your laptop or Microsoft Teams (if you are a remote participant).

How quick can a complex data set be analyzed and presented in a meaningful way. 

  • The presentations are limited to four minutes, followed by a  ten-minute question and answer period. 
  • Data set is released at 9 a.m. on Nov. 18, 2021. 
  • Teams get one day to work on the data set. 
  • Prizes: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.


Data sets (fixed, single)

  • One data set will be provided on Nov 18, 2021. 
  • Teams will have one day to work on it and showcase their results.


Team composition

  • Teams can have one to four participants. 
  • Open to students and non-students. 
  • Check pre-requisites section. 


Data Sprint Guidelines

Register now (complete by 11:59 pm Nov 1, 2021)

 

Showcase your organization at the 2021 Data Challenge 

data challenge sponsors

Receive promotional opportunities and benefits with by becoming a sponsor. Checkout our sponsorship package and get in touch with ibec@unb.ca for more information.

  

Congratulations to all the March 2021 virtual Data Challenge winning teams

Data Sprint

1st Place - NBIF Innovative Data Award

Team: Qute Data
Team Members: Jan Ainali, Andrew Lih, Albin Larsson, Nicolas Vigneron
Prize amount: $1,250

2nd Place - Harold Boley Semantic Technology Award

Team: Civic Tech Fredericton
Team Members: Jocelyn Iloreta, Meredith Langille, Mohamed Moawad, Pierre Cormier
Prize amount: $750 

 

Data Visualization Presentation Round

1st Place

Team: Ivey MSc Data Viz Team
Team Members: Apery Kirakalaprathapan, Jun Huang, Tijana Rajic, Valay Shah
Prize amount: $750

2nd Place

Team: Salonee Tyagi
Team Members: Salonee Tyagi
Prize amount: $500

3rd Place

Team: Students & Stats
Team Members: Sarah Dubois, Solomon Weber Emavwodia
Prize amount: $250

 

Data Visualization Infographic Round

1st Place

Team: Civic Tech Fredericton
Team Members: Jocelyn Iloreta, Meredith Langille, Mohamed Moawad, Pierre Cormier
Prize amount: $500 

2nd Place

Team: Students & Stats
Team Members: Sarah Dubois, Solomon Weber Emavwodia
Prize amount: $300

3rd Place

Team: Ivey MSc Data Viz Team
Team Members: Apery Kirakalaprathapan, Jun Huang, Tijana Rajic, Valay Shah
Prize amount: $250

Viewer’s Choice

Team: Star Team
Team Members: Neha Noren Parshad, Neil Renwick, Touloupe Idris
Prize amount: $250

 

Data Analytics Presentation Round 

1st Place – Sponsored by TechImpact

Team: TMR
Team Members: Theebak Sothilingam, Mohammad Raza, Robert Davis
Prize amount: $1,000

2nd Place

Team: Zoom
Team Members: Jophy Joy, Tressy Thomas
Prize amount: $500

3rd Place

Team: Data Wizards
Team Members: Venkata Subhadra Pappu, Sandeep Chandy, Pei Xin, Saad Al-Tak
Prize amount: $250

 

Data Analytics Teaser Poster Round

1st Place

Team: Ninja Turtles
Team Members: Minh Truong, Stella Bae, Yuqing Yang
Prize amount: $400

2nd Place

Team: Data_Tell_Story
Team Members: Fuping Luo, Yongyong Li, Liming Liu
Prize amount: $250

3rd Place

Team: TMR
Team Members: Theebak Sothilingam, Mohammad Raza, Robert Davis
Prize amount: $150

Viewer’s Choice

Team: Datapreneurs
Team Members: Yuvraj Singh, Prachi Baranwal, Tashi Goyal
Prize amount: $250

 

Thank you to all our March 2021 Data Challenge Sponsors & Partners

Data Challenge Sponsors