Data VizArt

Student Challenge


Submission phase for the Finals Round is now Open. Qualifying Round winners: remember to submit before March 15, 2019 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 7, 2019! Download Tableau Desktop for Students, open the data sets provided (on January 7, 2019), 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 25, 2019! 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 along with the packaged Tableau workbook.

  • 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 15, 2019 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 15, 2019 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 15, 2019 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 22, 2019 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 2019)

  • 1

    Jan. 7, 2019

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

  • 2

    Jan. 25, 2019

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

  • 3

    Feb. 14, 2019

    Announcement of Advancement of Winners

Finals Round (February – March 2019)

  • 4

    Feb. 15, 2019

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

  • 5

    Mar. 15, 2019

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

  • 6

    Mar. 22, 2019

    Final Presentation in Toronto, Judging, Winners Announced

Qualifying Round winners will be announced and notified by email on Feb. 15, 2019. 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 18, 2019. The finals event will be held in Toronto, Ontario. Winners of the Qualifying Round will receive transportation to Toronto on March 21, 2019, and accommodations. Once in Toronto, teams will present their visualizations on March 22, 2019. The first and second place winners will be announced during the March 22nd 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?

Final Pitch

Is the presentation compelling? Is the visualization creative and has it sold DVA judges on the insights provided? Have all presentation eligibility and scoring criteria been met?

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 more details

What is a good place to call home?

Every year, Canada welcomes hundreds of thousands of immigrants - permanent residents, temporary workers and refugees.

As these hopeful newcomers arrive at our shores, one of the biggest decisions they make is choosing where to settle down. We look to you for your help in making this decision easier for some of them.

“Immigration has been an important part of building Canada into what it is today: a country that celebrates multiculturalism and diversity, has a global reputation for welcoming people from around the world, and stands up for the most vulnerable.”

– 2018 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration

Key Considerations

We would like you to compare different cities in Canada holistically from a desirability and livability standpoint to simplify this decision for newcomers.
  1. Where should a newcomer with a family settle?
  2. Where should a young professional settle?
  3. Does the country of origin play a role in this decision?

It would also be worthwhile to know if there are areas within these cities
that would suit them better.


You will be working with data around
  • • Housing
  • • Income
  • • Cost of Living
  • • Education
  • • Access to services
  • • Climate
  • • Demographics
  • • Public safety
  • • Business environment
  • and more..

Qualifying Round Winners!

Click below to access the winners portal. Here you can access the finals round data and submit your visualization.


Qualifying Round winners check your inboxes for the password.

Access data & Submit Viz

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