Data Storytelling and Visualization Challenge

Event | 20 October - 20 January 2020
Online

Description

As the Asian Development Bank (ADB) joins the celebration of the World Statistics Day 2020, we invite entries to the Data Storytelling and Visualization Challenge (Challenge).

The challenge is to use one’s creativity and imagination to help answer a question relevant to development policy by writing a data story or building a data visualization featuring data from the Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific. Below are sample questions:

  • Show the development trajectory of Asia and the Pacific with respect to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other development themes.
  • Find interlinkages, synergies, and tradeoffs between different development trends as depicted by indicators featured in the Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific.

You can come up with your own questions to put your analytical, data storytelling, and visualization skills to the test!

Deadline

The deadline for submission of entries is on 20 December 2020. A selection of the best data stories and visualizations may be showcased on the future editions of Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific and/or other dissemination platforms.

Prizes

  • Data Story (First Prize/Winner): $1,000 and certificate
    • One Runner-up Prize: $500 and certificate
  • Data Visualization (First Prize/Winner): $1,000 and certificate
    • One Runner-up Prize: $500 and certificate


Guidelines for the challenge

ADB invites entries to the Data Storytelling and Visualization Challenge. Entries of winners and runners-up may be showcased (with or without modifications) in future editions of the Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific and/or other dissemination platforms.

Introduction

The Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific presents the latest statistics on a comprehensive set of economic, financial, social, environmental, and SDG indicators for the 49 regional members of ADB. It is designed to serve as a resource for information on development issues across the region for a wide audience, including policy makers, development practitioners, government officials, researchers, students, and the general public.

Objective

The challenge is to use one’s creativity and imagination to help answer a question relevant to development policy by writing a data story or building a data visualization featuring data from the Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific. Below are some sample questions:

  • Show the development trajectory of Asia and the Pacific with respect to the SDGs and other development themes.
  • Find interlinkages, synergies, and tradeoffs between different development trends as depicted by indicators featured in the Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific.

You can come up with your own questions to put your analytical, data storytelling, and visualization skills to the test!

Competition rules and parameters

  • An entry is defined as one data story OR one data visualization.
  • Each participant may submit up to 3 entries.
  • For data visualization, entries must be accompanied by a short description of not more than 100 words explaining the data visualization and how it is relevant to a development issue. Any visualization tool is allowed, although dynamic and/or interactive visuals are encouraged. Entries should be submitted in eps or ai format, and need to be accepted in multiple format, i.e., image file, video, web page, embeddable Tableau or Power BI, excel chart, etc.
  • For data story, entries should not be more than 500 words with charts and tables. A participant may discuss any development topic based on data featured from the Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific. If a participant prefers to submit entries for both data story and data visualization, he / she is encouraged to submit a data story which elaborates the data visualization entry. Entries for data stories should be submitted in pdf format.
  • Use of any photographs, graphics, etc. taken from external sources such as the internet must have prior permission/authorization of the legitimate owner, a copy of which must be submitted together with the entry/ies.
  • ADB reserves the right to edit and publish the entries of the winners and the runners-up on its website, publications, documents, or any other dissemination medium. ADB will also own the copyright to these entries.
  • The competition is open to nationals of developing member economies of ADB with operations1 who are 21 years old and above, irrespective of the country they currently reside in. ADB staff and their close relatives2 are not eligible to participate in the competition. ADB consultants are also not eligible. An applicant should hold a valid passport of any of those ADB developing members.
  • The participant must certify that the submitted entry is original and has not been previously published or made publicly available and that all property rights or licenses for all images and ideas used in the creation of the submitted entry have been obtained. The participant must also certify that the submitted entry does not infringe on any copyright, privacy rights, or legal rights of any third party.
  • The winners and the runners-up must agree that the copyright of the submitted entry shall be the property of ADB, and must also agree that no royalties on copies of the publication sold or any other ADB publications or documents containing the submitted entry will be provided to the winners and runners-up.

Mode of submission

All entries must be submitted via email to [email protected] along with complete name, country of residence, and address.

Judging criteria

Each entry will be judged based on:

  • Overall impact (40%)
  • Originality (40%)
  • Choice of development topic (20%)

Prizes

  • Data Story (First Prize/Winner): $1,000 and certificate
    • One Runner-up Prize: $500 and certificate
  • Data Visualization (First Prize/Winner): $1,000 and certificate
    • One Runner-up Prize: $500 and certificate

Timeline

  • Deadline for submission of entries is on 20 December 2020.
  • Winning and runner-up entries will be notified through email in January 2021.

Contact

For additional details about the challenge, including eligibility requirements, please send an email to [email protected].

1Includes Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Cook Islands, People’s Republic of China, Fiji, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Viet Nam.

2The following persons are referred to as “close relatives”: spouse, children (natural and adopted), mother, father, brother (including half-brother), sister (including half-sister), niece, nephew, aunt, and uncle.