‘ADB Data Storytelling and Visualization Challenge’ for ADB’s Developing Member Countries

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Opportunity Details

  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Opportunity Type : Partially Funded
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Opportunity ID 78551

Opportunity Description

Overview of the challenge

Submissions are now open for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Data Storytelling and Visualization Challenge. In joining the celebration of the World Statistics Day 2020, ADB invites entries to the Data Storytelling and Visualization Challenge (the Challenge).

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

  • Depict the development path of Asia and the Pacific with respect to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other development themes.
  • Demonstrate interlinkages, synergies, and tradeoffs between different development trends as depicted by indicators presented in the above indicators.

Also, you can present your own questions to put your analytical, data storytelling, and visualization skills to the test!

About the Indicators

The Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific displays the most up-to-date figures on a comprehensive range of economic, financial, social, environmental, and SDG indicators for the 49 regional members of ADB. Moreover, it is intended to serve as a resource for information on development issues all over the region for a big audience, including policy makers, development experts, government officials, scientists, students, and the general public.


Deadline for submission of entries: 20 December 2020

Host institution: Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Notification of winning and runner-up entries through email: January 2021.

Subject: Economics

Benefits and 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

Furthermore, a selection of the best data stories and visualizations may be featured on the future editions of Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific and/or other propagation platforms.

Eligibility criteria

  • The competition is open to applicants from developing member economies of ADB, including Afghanistan who are 21 years old or above.
  • Participants may submit entry for the competition regardless of the country they currently live in.
  • ADB staff and their close relatives are not eligible to enter the competition.
  • ADB consultants are also not eligible to apply.
  • An applicant should have a valid passport of any of those ADB developing members.
  • Each participant may submit up to 3 entries.

Competition rules and parameters

  • For data visualization, entries must be accompanied by a short description of not more than 100 words clarifying the data visualization and its relevance to a development issue. Any visualization tool is acceptable, although dynamic and/or interactive illustrations are preferable.
  • For data story, entries should not exceed 500 words with diagrams and tables. If an entrant prefers to submit entries for both data story and data visualization, he/she would rather submit a data story which describes the data visualization entry. Entries for data stories should got to ADB in pdf format.
  • Use of any pictures, graphics, etc. taken from outside 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.

How to apply?

Entrants should submit their entries via email to [email protected] along with complete name, living country and address.

Evaluation criteria

Each entry will be judged based on:

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

For further information about this Challenge, especially regarding the binding contest rules, refer to the main link.

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