09-14-2016 11:34 AM - edited 10-24-2016 09:14 PM
09-14-2016 11:34 AM - edited 10-24-2016 09:14 PM
Do you think you have what it takes to be the Excel World Champ?
We want to your skills and creativity!
From October 2016 to November 2016, Microsoft will run a special 4-round Excel competition for residents of Canada. Only the top competitors in each round will make it through to the next. Our finalists will compete against one another for the title of Excel Champ Canada and Surface Book for top finalist, Surface Pro 4 devices for two runners up finalists.
In Early 2017, champions from around the world will compete against one another for the title of Excel World Champ and the Grand Prize: a trip to Seattle, USA and a meeting with Excel Product Leads to provide feedback on the next features added to Excel.
|October 3 - October 9||Trials (Virtual Round): Test your skills to see if you have what it takes!
Tests will be available on this page beginning October 3 at 00:00 UTC, no submissions accepted after October 9 23:59 UTC
|October 12 - October 21||Qualifying Heat (Virtual Round): Compete for a spot as one of the top 10 of Excel users in Canada
Tests will be available on this page beginning October 12 at 00:00 UTC, no submissions accepted after October 21 23:59 UTC
|October 26 - November 2||Semi Finals (Virtual Round): Our 10 best performers compete for a spot as one of the top 3 Excel users in Canada
Tests will be available on this page beginning October 26 at 00:00 UTC, no submissions accepted after November 2 23:59 UTC
|November 18||Finals (LIVE): The top 3 Excel users face-off in our finals for the title of Excel Champ Canada|
|2017||The Canada winner and winners from other countries will compete to be the Excel World Champ|
Each test spreadsheet will include three challenges
How to Register
Registration is open from now until the close of the Qualifying heat. To register for the competition:
If you are not already signed in, click "Sign In" at the top of this page. This requires a Microsoft Account, which can be set up using any email address you like.
“Like” this post. That's it!
Users that “Like” this post at least 48 hours before the start of competition rounds will receive an email notification when test spreadsheets are available
How to Compete
For Virtual Rounds
Live rounds will have the same test structure, but scoring for each test question will factor in the time to complete tasks. Community scoring will not apply to live rounds.
For full details on scoring and eligibility, please refer to the contest terms and conditions available here
Competitors must be at least 18 years old and a resident of the Canada. Microsoft Employees and Excel MVPs are not eligible to compete. Only one submission per person is allowed.
If you would like to connect with and learn from other Excel fans, visit the Excel community (link) and click the Join button.
Thank you for showing your support for Excel! We look forward to seeing the amazing things you can do!
09-15-2016 02:42 PM - edited 09-15-2016 02:52 PM
09-26-2016 11:14 AM
You will need Excel 2010 or later to get started in the competition.
The questions will get harder each round and require some more advanced features. Make sure you have these additional tools:
If you are using Excel 2010, install these add-ins to Excel
If you are using Excel 2013, install this add-in to Excel
If you are using Excel 2016, these tools are already built-in. No need to install anything extra!
If you don’t have access to any of the above, consider trying Excel 2016 by installing a free trial O365. Learn more here
10-02-2016 07:23 PM
Is the Workbook supposed to be Protected?
That prevents the refresh of the Data Model and the use of Get and Transform. Even though it looks like there are linked tables already created in the Data Model, if they cannot be refreshed then are they legitimate sources for the tables and charts you are asking for? Or do we have to use traditional VLookups and the like to do the work?
Is this a mistake?
10-04-2016 07:42 AM - edited 10-04-2016 05:21 PM
Has anyone submitted and recieved an auto reply yet? Sent it in last night, but didn't get anything back yet.
Edit: Caught by my spam filter before it was autoforwarded to my main email address. I did submit it twice, so hopefully it's all ok. The first round is "just for fun" so it should be fine.
10-04-2016 07:47 AM - edited 10-04-2016 07:49 AM
I really like your formatting
but I think there's something up with your data. Check the count of male athletes for the most recent three data points.
Nevermind, I see you aren't using stacked area.
10-04-2016 07:58 PM
I submitted mine and received no confirmation, either in my inbox or my junk/spam folder. And the email address we were directed to send it to is an unmonitored mailbox according to the email notification I received saying that the first round test was available.
10-09-2016 05:00 PM
Times up! Round 1 is closed.
Thanks to everyone that participated. And come back. Round 2 begins soon and everyone is invited to participate!