Tableau is a business intelligence software that transforms data into actionable insights. Data presentation is a skill in high demand, having recently been identified by Linked In as a top skill employers need most in candidates.
The day was divided into an initial three-hour training session, followed by a data visualisation competition that challenged students to create a story based on Shark Control Program data set. (download dataset and further readings here)
Eighty students were divided into teams, given access to the data set, and had about an hour to develop their stories using Tableau.
Teams then presented their visualisations in front of the judges and were marked based on three criteria:
- Story telling
- Analysis techniques
- Design aesthetic
The 4 judges were two QUT staff and two industry partners:
- Lisa Bradley – QUT Business School
- Debbie Henderson – QUT Chief Data Officer
- Rob Baltrusch – Deloitte
- Sam Batchelor – Key Data
The judges were impressed with the quality of the presentations and techniques used to tell a story with data in such a short period of time.
The winning team comprised of Elliott, Brodie, John and Haroon, called their team “These Stats Aint Loyal” and used the shark data set with great humour.
Team KKTS came close second, just two points behind the winning team; well done Kenneth, Karthick, Tim and Stephen.
Second team visualisation URL
Students also had the opportunity to vote for their favourite teams. People’s choice Prize was awarded to team “Fish Friends”, Susana, Alex, Tim and Saban.
Taking a bit of a risk, I decided to announce the winners via a live Tableau dashboard (live vis URL), which worked out in the end.
“Feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive, with students calling the event “interesting”, “fun” and “thought-provoking”.
Photos credit and MC of the day: Marvinfox.