Data Stories of Singapore 2018 - FAQs

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What are the terms of participating?

There will be 2 categories in the competition – School (Secondary and Junior College) and Institute of Higher Learning (Polytechnic, Institute of Technical Education (ITE), University). Any resident in Singapore studying full time and belongs to either categories can participate as long as they follow our guidelines and rules. All submitted material must be original and created by the team members.

Institute of Higher Learning
I attend..
Secondary School
Junior College
Institute of Technical Education (ITE)
Team Type
Team of 3 (with dedicated teacher-in-charge)

How many entries can each school make?

There is no limit to the number of entries submitted by each school. However, for students competing in the School Category, each submission must be made by a team consisting of 3 persons studying in the same school and supported by a teacher-in-charge. For students competing in the IHL Category, only individual submissions are accepted.
Each team/individual, depending on the category, is allowed to submit only one entry. In your submission, each team/individual must describe the theme and objective of the entry and the analysis it offers in less than 500 words.

I am new to Tableau. How do I participate in this competition?

As only vizzes published on Tableau Public will be considered as a valid entry for the contest, start off by creating a Tableau Public account here! You will also need Tableau Desktop to create the analysis. As a student, you can use our free academic license for this competition! Request for it here.

Find a dataset online to tell your story. You can find a list at our
resources page. When you’ve completed your viz, submit your entry!

Participating in the School Category? Submit your Viz here!

Participating in the IHL Category? Submit your Viz here!

What if I submit an entry early, and then later re-work my viz and want to replace my first entry?

That’s fantastic – feel free to do that up until the close of the contest. Tableau Public automatically supports updates to your viz. You do not need to resubmit your entry form, simply update your workbook and save your changes. Your embedded viz will automatically update on the webpage you have posted it to. We won't look at the entries until the end of the submission period, so update them as much as you want.

What data can I use?

For this contest, you can use any dataset sourced from the web. Just make sure that these data sets align with the 4 themes about Singapore in this competition. The sourced data set has to be publicly accessible and should be clearly acknowledged in the submission form.

Tell me more about the Hands-on Workshops that are being conducted.

Tableau will be conducting hands-on workshops for both categories. This is an optional workshop as students can still participate in this competition without attending any of the hands-on workshops. Both workshops will have the same content and during the session, students will learn how tell data-driven stories with visualizations. Students will be shown how to connect to data and visualize their queries without writing a single line of code. They will also learn how to create a dashboard from scratch and see how they can quickly analyze, visualize and share information. At the end of the session, the students will be able to publish a simple completed dashboard onto Tableau Public.
Students can choose to attend either of the workshops within the applicable category. Seats are limited on a first-come-first-served basis.

School (Secondary and Junior College) - Register Here

Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3
Date & Time Friday, August 10, 2018
2 - 4:30pm
Friday, August 17, 2018
2 - 4:30pm
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
2 - 4:30pm
Venue Nanyang Poly
School of Information Technology
Block L - Lab 530 and 531
180 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8
Singapore 569830
Ngee Ann Poly
School of Business & Accountancy
Blk 72, Level 5, Room 1
535 Clementi Road
Singapore 599489
Nanyang Poly
School of Information Technology
Block L - Lab 530 and 531
180 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8
Singapore 569830

IHL (Polytechnic, Institute of Technical Education, University) - Register Here

Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3
Date & Time Thursday, August 23, 2018
2 - 4:30pm
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
2 - 4:30pm
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
2 - 4:30pm
Venue Tableau Software
South Beach Tower
Level 10 - 38 Beach Road
Singapore 189767
Singapore Polytechnic
Teaching Blk 12, Lvl 4, Room 08 (T12408)
500 Dover Road
Singapore 139651
Nanyang Poly
School of Information Technology
Block L - Lab 530 and 531
180 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8
Singapore 569830

Once you’ve signed up for the workshop(s), you will receive a confirmation email with the exact address.

Can’t attend the workshops?

Tableau has a host of online learning materials including How-to Videos and Live Training where you can learn how to use Tableau on your own.
Training Videos

Who can I contact if I have any questions?

You may contact Tableau at, please include [SGDataStories]in the subject line.

What is the judging criteria? How will winner be chosen?

A panel of judges will evaluate all submissions based on the following criteria:

Analytical (0 - 10) Storytelling (0 - 10) Design (0 - 10) Practicality & Relevance (0 - 10)
- Answer or poses interesting and unique questions
- Deep exploration and clear thought process of analysis
- Soundness and accuracy of analysis
- Tells a coherent story that accurately represent the data
- Is the story easy to follow without an explanation?
- Are the views easy to interpret?
- Leveraging visual best practice (ex. use of colour, text)
- Is the design appropriate for the story being told?
- What impact or relevance does this have on society?
- What are some actionable steps that can be taken from the information gathered?

Top 10 entries (5 from each category) will be shortlisted. These 10 entries will qualify for the finals where it will be judged in a closed door by judges to account for the final top 3 winners in each category.
There will also be an additional award for both categories – People’s Choice Award. This award will be selected based on voting from the public. [MT2]

What happens if my team’s entry gets shortlisted?

10 teams (5 from each category) will be informed by October 19, 2018 if their entry is selected for finals. When that happens, the team will also be provided with feedback from the judges on how they can improve on their entries and have until November 2, 2018 to resubmit their entries for the finals.
During this period, should you have any questions post feedback, you can drop us an email at

What is the schedule?

Milestones Date
Launch of IMDA-Tableau Data Stories of Singapore 2018 Friday, August 10, 2018
Registration for workshops open Friday, August 10, 2018
Workshops August 10, 2018 to August 29, 2018
Round 1 Submission Deadline Friday, October 12, 2018
5 Shortlisted Entries Notified Friday, October 19, 2018
Re-submission Deadline Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Finale - Shortlist entries will be showcased at Data Day Out Singapore and winners announced! Thursday, November 15, 2018

Official Rules

Read the official rules

Photo Release Document

Download the photo release form

Participating in the School Category?
Download your photo release form here!

Participating in the IHL Category?
Download your photo release form here!

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