Here is an opportunity to showcase your visualization skills to the rest of the community by answering one or more of our space-themed challenges!
The challenge will run from October 17th (World Spreadsheet Day) to November 2nd (the 20th anniversary of humans living and working aboard the International Space Station). Visit the Day of Data discussion space on Tech Community to participate – we look forward to seeing you there!
Bill Jelen, “MrExcel,” has analyzed a space data set – of all crewed missions, spacewalks, space vehicles, mission by crew, and space travelers – and crafted three questions to test your skills. In addition, there will also be an option of a “wildcard,” where you can surprise us with an idea for a visualization beyond the three questions! We will announce one top entry for each category after the challenge concludes.
Explore this data set at aka.ms/BaseData. For all these questions, please only use the provided data to create your visualization.
Entries should be submitted by creating a new post in the Day of Data discussion space on Tech Community. To create a new post, create or sign into a profile on Tech Community and choose “Start a New Discussion.” In your post, please include the following:
If you would like to answer multiple questions, please do! Please create a new post for each question you would like to answer.
We will choose the winning visualization for each answer through a combination of judging panel and popular vote. Five judges (a combination of Excel MVPs, Excel product team members, and NASA employees) will sit on a panel, with a sixth seat reserved for public vote received by your post.
Every vote counts! To vote on a visualization, simply “like” it. You may vote for as many visualizations as you wish to. Voting will be open from the start of the challenge (October 17th) to one week after the end of the challenge (November 9th).
First and foremost, you win bragging rights and get lots of community love! We are so proud to have you as a part of the Excel community, and look forward to seeing all the visualizations that you come up with. The winners will also get a shout out from Microsoft on social media and amplification of their visualizations.
And finally, we will have none other than Charles Simonyi announcing the winners. Mr. Simonyi is the father of Excel and Word, building the original “applications” group at Microsoft more than 35 years ago. He is also the fifth space tourist, having traveled to the International Space Station on two separate occasions in 2007 and 2009. Last but not least, he is the creator of Hungarian notation – he is “The Hungarian.” We are grateful to Mr. Simonyi for creating Excel, and so honored to have him recognize the winners and their visualizations.
For official terms and conditions, as well as more details about judging, please review the Terms and Conditions.
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