Asian Development Bank (ADB) announces an online challenge for people who are excellent at telling a story by utilizing the data and statistics for the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). 

This challenge will boost your imagination and creativity by presenting excellent analytical writing & data visualizing skills. These efforts, in return, will enhance the decision-making tools to authorized policy markers. The event is valid for all residents in 49 regional members of ABD. The winner and runner-up could showcase in the related future editions of Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific. 

Competition rules and parameters
  • An entry is defined as one data story OR one data visualization.
  • Each participant may submit up to 3 entries.
  • For data visualization, entries must be accompanied by a short description of not more than 100 words explaining the data visualization and how it is relevant to a development issue. Any visualization tool is allowed, although dynamic and/or interactive visuals are encouraged. Entries should be submitted in eps or ai format, and need to be accepted in multiple format, i.e., image file, video, web page, embeddable Tableau or Power BI, excel chart, etc.
  • For data story, entries should not be more than 500 words with charts and tables. A participant may discuss any development topic based on data featured from the Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific. If a participant prefers to submit entries for both data story and data visualization, he / she is encouraged to submit a data story which elaborates the data visualization entry. Entries for data stories should be submitted in pdf format.
  • Use of any photographs, graphics, etc. taken from external 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.
  • ADB reserves the right to edit and publish the entries of the winners and the runners-up on its website, publications, documents, or any other dissemination medium. ADB will also own the copyright to these entries.
  • The competition is open to nationals of developing member economies of ADB with operations1 who are 21 years old and above, irrespective of the country they currently reside in. ADB staff and their close relatives2 are not eligible to participate in the competition. ADB consultants are also not eligible. An applicant should hold a valid passport of any of those ADB developing members.
  • The participant must certify that the submitted entry is original and has not been previously published or made publicly available and that all property rights or licenses for all images and ideas used in the creation of the submitted entry have been obtained. The participant must also certify that the submitted entry does not infringe on any copyright, privacy rights, or legal rights of any third party.
  • The winners and the runners-up must agree that the copyright of the submitted entry shall be the property of ADB, and must also agree that no royalties on copies of the publication sold or any other ADB publications or documents containing the submitted entry will be provided to the winners and runners-up.
Mode of submission

All entries must be submitted via email to [email protected](link sends e-mail) along with complete name, country of residence, and address.

Judging criteria

Each entry will be judged based on:

  • Overall impact (40%)
  • Originality (40%)
  • Choice of development topic (20%)
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
Timeline
  • Deadline for submission of entries is on 20 December 2020.
  • Winning and runner-up entries will be notified through email in January 2021.
Contact

For additional details about the challenge, including eligibility requirements, please send an email to [email protected](link sends e-mail).

1Includes Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Cook Islands, People's Republic of China, Fiji, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Viet Nam.

For more information, please visit reference links below : 

- https://www.adb.org/news/events/world-statistics-day-2020-data-storytelling-and-visualization-challenge  

- https://www.adb.org/publications/key-indicators-asia-and-pacific-2020#accordion-0-0

-https://kidb.adb.org/kidb/sdg#7