Challenge Guidelines

The Challenge Scenarios are now live! Choose one scenario you want to work on from our list.

GuidelinesImageWho can participate

  • Any Temple University student.
  • Students can work individually or in teams. There is no registration required.

What you can use

  • Any software tool. Workshops on several tools are offered in October.

What you should submit

  • The graphic. It can be static (an image) or interactive (such as Flash).
  • A brief description (1 page or less, single-spaced) explaining your graphic and why you think it’s effective.
  • Make sure it’s clear which one of the three challenges you’re addressing.

How you should submit

  • All submissions must be emailed to by noon on November 1, 2013.
  • Attach the graphic and the description as separate files to a single email message with the subject line “Entry for Analytics Challenge”.
  • Static graphics must be converted to PDF format. The one page description must also be converted to PDF format. There are free tools that do this, such as PDF Creator.
  • Interactive visualizations must be viewable on any PC running Windows 7 with the latest versions of Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. No other software or configuration should be required! It’s a good idea to check with the challenge team before submitting (send an email to
  • The chosen scenario, the names of all team members, and their Temple AccessNet IDs must be clearly displayed on the graphic and on the one-page description.

What happens after you submit

  • You will receive a confirmation email acknowledging your entry.
  • Finalists will be notified by email by November 8, 2013.
  • Finalists will present their work in front of the judging panel on November 15, 2013.

Your entry will not be accepted if…

  • It is submitted after the deadline.
  • The attachments won’t open or are in the wrong file format.
  • Your interactive visualization won’t run.
  • You don’t specify the challenge you are addressing.
  • Team member names are not on both the graphic and the description.

How entries will be evaluated

There are five criteria:

  • Clarity (how well the graphic stands on its own without additional explanation)
  • Novelty/creativity (originality of thought; surprising way of approaching the data)
  • Provides meaningful insight into the data
  • Integration of multiple data sets to yield new insights
  • Utility of the visualization in aiding decision making

Questions? Send an email to