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Get involved and do good with data! Open for entries 14th March 2022

If you are a professor who teaches data visualisation (or indeed a student who is interested in data viz) then make a note in your diary that the annual European Student Data Viz Challenge is open for entries from the 14th March 2022.

First introduced in 2020, the European Data Viz Challenge aims to get students who are currently enrolled in degree-granting programmes like Bachelors, Masters or MBA to raise awareness of social or environmental issues by harnessing the power of data visualisation. 

The Challenge is organised by Tableau, Mazars, UNICEF and EDHEC Business school and is designed to encourage students to become more involved and skilled in the art of visualising data for the greater good as all entries must choose a topic linked to UNICEF missions and use UNICEF data to highlight and raise awareness of key global issues.


Previous entries have looked at gender equality in education, tobacco use in children under 15, inequality in Europe and inequalities in African LDCs to name a few.

According to Jessica Wheaton, Learning & Culture Manager, Mazars Group,  “Data visualisation combines some of the most in-demand skills on the job market today such as critical thinking, creativity and communication. The DataViz Challenge provides a platform for students to develop these competencies, network, pitch and grow their employability. As the first employer of thousands of freshly graduated professionals every year, learning and development lie at the heart of Mazars’ DNA, so we naturally support such initiatives. We were impressed with last year’s submissions and look forward to the 2022 final!”  

How the Challenge Works

The Challenge is open for entries from the 14th March. All entries must be submitted using Tableau – as a student, you have free access to Tableau Desktop, eLearning and Prep via Tableau Academic Programs. The competition closes for entries on the 1st May and from the entries, judges from Tableau, Mazars, EDHEC and UNICEF will then select 10 finalists. 

Ashley Koen, Academic Program Marketing Manager at Tableau explained “We’re on a mission to create a data literate world. As data literacy increases in importance, learning analytics and understanding how to best visualise data will help students stand out professionally, driving faster insights and informed decisions in their work and study. We support the Student Data Viz Challenge because it provides students with an opportunity to develop these skills while also providing an opportunity to engage with real-world issues that matter most. Last year’s submissions were amazing and we look forward to seeing all the new talent this year!”

The Final

This year the final will take place on the 17th June at EDHEC’s stunning Paris campus, located near Opera and in the heart of the vibrant city’s financial district. Each of the 10 finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their data viz to the judging panel.

There are some excellent prizes for the top 10 finalists including DataViz and Pitch’ coaching session with a Mazars expert pre-final, tickets to Vivatech in Paris plus vouchers and giveaways amongst other amazing incentives.  Plus, the winner will have the opportunity to interview for a data visualisation internship with UNICEF.


Visit for more details on the Challenge, the prizes and the full rules and details on how to enter.