Chart Your Story Competition
"Making an appeal to the eye when proportion and magnitude are concerned, is the best and readiest method of conveying a distinct idea." -- William Playfair
Since the first statistical graph was invented by Scottish writer on political economy William Playfair (1759-1823), data visualisation experienced many adaptations and transformations. Nowadays data visualisation has become key to communicate efficiently and effectively as graphical representation of data by using visually appealing elements in all kinds of formats like charts, graphs, maps etc.
The IET Young Professionals and YRP (Young Rail Professionals) West Midlands presents the "Chart Your Story" data visualisation challenge. This competition aims to inspire insights from data with all the brilliant creative thinking on the part of data analysts as well as cognitive reasoning. Are you a data visualization enthusiast? Join us to showcase your data-driven artistic skills while competing for top prizes!
Young Rail Professionals (YRP) was founded in 2009 to PROMOTE the rail industry as a great place to work, INSPIRE the next generation of railway talent and DEVELOP young people to reach their potential. YRP brings together people from all aspects of the rail industry, whether they are involved in engineering, asset management, train operations, strategic planning, maintenance, franchising, regulation, marketing, human relations or otherwise. Please visit their link www.youngrailpro.com for more information.
How it works
Sign up to register your interest and give us your email.
We will provide the data sets on 10th August
Make your visualization by 31st August and email it back to us.
The winners will be awarded a gift card up to £100.
• Overall Impact of the Display (The design of your display)
• The technical aspects (The statistical correctness of data)
• Clarity of the message.
• Context of the viz (How close you are to our main theme)
What am I supposed to do?
Data is all around us. In times of big data, we surrounded by rows and rows of spreadsheet of numbers, which sometimes don’t make sense. Data visualizations makes it easier for the human brain to understand by taking information (data) and placing it into a visual context, such as a map or graph. Preferably with lots of colours!
We will provide datasets (an excel file) with different raw sources you can use. You must figure out a creative way to represent it in a manner everyone can easily understand.
What software do I need?
Ideally you only need Microsoft Excel to run our files and make charts. However, we are not going to be holding you back. You can use any opensource software out there like Tableau, JetPack Data etc.
What should I visualize?
We will provide you some sample datasets you will be able to use. However, you are only limited by your imagination (and whatever data you can find). You can use anything you can find or scrape from the internet as long as it adheres to our theme. Just make sure your source data is reliable.
What kind of chart/graph/map should I use?
Well that decision rests on you. Look over at the data and imagine the best way to represent it. Find the trends and patterns and see how you can present it.
How should I submit my visualization?
You can make the viz on PowerPoint or word or pdf. Or any other software you can think of. As long as its (relatively) easy to understand.
Do I need to submit just my visualisation?
No you need to provide in a separate file an explanation of what data you used, the source of the data, what did you hope to accomplish with this data and an explanation of your process for us to understand.
Do I win something?
Yes. The winner will win a gift card up to £100!
10 Aug 2020 - 31 Aug 2020
8:00am - 11:59pm
Birmingham Local Network
This event will be streamed live and is available to watch online only from any location across the world.
Sign up to register your interest via click the button on the right