Data VizArt

Student Challenge

The Qualifying Round is now Open!

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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.

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?

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 more details

Canadian Real Estate - Boom or Bust?

Data supporting immigration, estimations, projections, property, supporting business

Real Estate is all over the news, from the declines in property prices in Vancouver to new legislation surrounding lending implemented in Ontario. We are requesting that you dig deep into the data to determine the real story with real estate and future scenarios.

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Key Considerations

Teams must create a narrative using Tableau visualization software. Here are some key questions to consider as your team uncover insights and develops the story line.
  • • What are the real estate trends you are seeing nationwide?
  • • Does population support increase in pricing or development taking place?
    • ◦ Can we identify what FSA is optimized for boom or has potential for downturn and gloom based upon historical vacancy rate, projected immigration and inflation?
  • • Where should you start up your next business?
  • • Where is the next hot real estate pocket?
  • • As a landlord, where would you invest?

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

AGSI logo website

The Location Warehouse™ was developed by AGSI and is an extensive directory of location-enabled information and services for use within analytics and mapping activities. The datasets provide highly intelligent insights of spatial relationships helping improve customer service and organizational efficiency.

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Manifold Data Mining

Manifold Data Mining Inc. is a leading data and analytical service provider. Manifold creates data products at the 6-digit postal code level and is the developer of an online application called www.PolarisIntelligence.com which helps clients transform data into information, information into knowledge, and knowledge into powerful business strategies.

Rel8ted.to logo_website v2

rel8ed.to indexes information on every category of SME/midsize enterprise across North America. Our unique analytics capabilities and linked data platforms power important decisions about companies and their owners for our Banking, Insurance, and Government clients.

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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.

Submit Your Entry!

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Data VizArt Student Challenge, Qualifying Round Student 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 Student

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: Get your Viz On!

When you’re ready to register and submit your visualization, include:


  • Your team information [team name, team captain name, team member name(s), etc.]
  • Acceptance of the Official Rules (if you plan to participate)
  • Upload your viz to your Tableau Public account and include your Tableau Public visualization URL
    (e.g., https://public.tableau.com/en-us/s/gallery/sample?gallery=votd)
  • Export you workbook to a packaged Tableau workbook

Completion and submission of all fields will be confirmed with a checkmark. Remember, the Qualifying Round registration closes on January 25, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. ET

Step 6: Done!

Hurray! You’ll receive an email soon to let you know that your submission has been received.

Please note that the email is acknowledging receipt only and not a validation of qualification  of the submission.

Qualifying Round submissions will be evaluated based on the judging criteria. The top 10 Qualifying  Round winning teams will be notified by email and published on the DVA website on February 14, 2019at 8:00 p.m. ET so check back soon!

Official Rules

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• Build your Tableau knowledge base using these tutorials.


Visualization Gallery
• You can create almost any type of visualization using Tableau.


Last Year’s Winners
• First Place Team: iSmart
• Second Place Team: Deep Insights


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