Challenge Guidelines

GuidelinesImageWho can participate

  • Any currently enrolled Temple University student.
  • Work individually or in teams.
  • No registration required.

What you can use

What you should submit

  • The graphic. It can be a static image or interactive (such as Flash).
  • A brief description, less than one single-spaced page, what’s great about your graphic.
  • Make sure it’s clear which one of the three challenges you’re addressing.

How you should submit

  • Email your entry to by 11:59 P.M. on October 30, 2014.
  • Attach the graphic and the description as separate files to a single email message with the subject “Entry for Analytics Challenge”.
  • Convert static graphics to PDF format. The one-page description must also be in PDF format. There are free tools that do this, such as PDF Creator.
  • Interactive visualizations must run without special software on any PC running Windows 7.
  • The name of the challenge, all team members’ names, and their AccessNet IDs (not TUIDs) must be clearly displayed on the graphic and 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 10, 2014.
  • Finalists will present their work in front of the judging panel on November 17, 2014.

Your entry will be disqualified 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 and their AccessNet IDs are not on both the graphic and the description.

How entries will be evaluated

  • 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

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