09-14-2016 05:13 PM - edited 10-24-2016 09:25 PM
09-14-2016 05:13 PM - edited 10-24-2016 09:25 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 select countries. 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 South Africa
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: 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: Compete for a spot as one of the top 20 of Excel users
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: Our 20 best performers compete for a spot as one of the top 3 Excel users
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: The top 3 Excel users face-off in our finals for the title of Excel Champ South Africa|
|2017||Excel Champ International and winners of country competitions around the world 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.
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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
Send an email with your completed workbook attached for final grading. Details on where to send your workbook will be provided with the test.
Competitors will be scored based on performance of the 3 testing areas Data Relays (35%), Chart Gymnastics (30%, driven by community “Likes”), Formula Wrestling (35%). Test submission time and performance in prior rounds will be used to break tied scores.
For full details on scoring and eligibility, please refer to the contest terms and conditions available here
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 02:53 PM
09-26-2016 11:16 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
10-09-2016 05:04 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!
10-13-2016 12:23 AM
The data was too complex to evaluate on a single chart. Since there was no specific limitation set on the amount of charts allowed I decided to combine a few different charts into one visualisation.
10-20-2016 02:13 PM
As there was 2 defintive sets of data I created 2 Charts , aswell as for the data to make visual sense I calculated the remainder of the tickets available after sales to use in a staggered stacked bar diagram
10-21-2016 04:52 AM - edited 10-21-2016 04:56 AM
I subsetted the view of my graph to have a view were most data is available. Added soem trends lines and saw both ticket sales and broadcast hours increasing with some certaintity. So I plotted 2 scatter plots to further explore the relationship between broadcast hours and ticket sales by both percentage and absolute sales. As it stands there is a moderate positive correlation.
10-25-2016 11:29 AM
Congratulations to our Top Performers from Round 2!
These people are advancing to our Semi-Final Round starting soon:
We will share more on top answers/common pitfalls from all rounds following the close of competition.
Until then, good luck to our remaining competitors! And thank you to everyone that participated!
10-25-2016 05:01 PM
The Semi-Final round has begun!
Our round 2 winners can now face off for a spot in the finals
All other Excel fans are welcome to download the test, but please do not discuss your answers until after the Semi-Final round has closed
The file includes instructions on how to complete the test and submit your answers