Google Cloud’s Data Storytelling Contest “Visualize 2030”

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Google Cloud’s Data Storytelling Contest “Visualize 2030”

In collaboration with the World Bank, the United Nations Foundation, and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, Google Cloud is hosting a data storytelling contest called Visualize 2030.

Tell a data-driven story that reveals how at least two SDGs influence each other and what actions might be taken in order to reach those goals by 2030. To apply for the Visualize 2030 contest, you must be at least 18 years old and an actively-enrolled student at the college or graduate level.

Visualize 2030 is an extension of Google Cloud’s Data Solutions for Change initiative. The applicants have an opportunity to win five prizes of $10,000 U.S. dollars.

Who May Eligible:

To be eligible to participate in the Contest, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • You must be a student registered for the contest by joining the following private Google Group:
  • You must be an individual student participant; team submissions are prohibited.
  • College and graduate students aged 18 or older
  • You must be over the age of majority in the country in which you reside
  • You must be an active and enrolled student at an accredited university or college. As long as you’re actively enrolled and can prove it, you can participate.
  • The contest is open to residents of the United States and the rest of the world, except for Quebec, Crimea, People’s Republic of China, Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, and Sudan.
  • You must not be:
    • A resident of a US embargoed country,
    • Ordinarily, resident in a US embargoed country, otherwise prohibited by applicable export controls and sanctions programs as not eligible to participate in the Contest
    • A resident of Quebec
    • A resident of the People’s Republic of China
    • A Student in any country that has become subject to the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions.
  • Employees, interns, contractors, and official office-holders of Google or of the IGO/NGO Entities or their parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, and the respective directors, officers, employees, advertising and promotion agencies, representatives, and agents of any of the above are ineligible to participate in this Contest.

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To participate, the applicants must submit an online application form through the given link:


In order to enter the Contest and be considered for the Prize, each student must:

  • The application and data story must be in English.
  • Create a Data Story using only the SDG Data made available for the purposes of this Contest. Students will be disqualified if they’re deemed to have used any external data sources, public or private, or have modified the SDG Data.
  • Submit only one Data Story using the submission form accessible via or the Visualize 2030 Data Stories Google Group.
  • Limit one Contest entry per Student participant.
  • To participate in the contest, you must use data from at least one of the newly available BigQuery public datasets provided by the UN Statistics Division and the World Bank.

Data Story Requirements:

  • Each Data Story must
  • Be authored using a non-work- or school-related Google Account
  • Use one or both of the World Bank WDI and the UN SDG datasets made accessible via the Visualize 2030 Google Group
  • Align to at least two of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Have a title
  • Include data visualizations produced exclusively in Data Studio software
  • Include citations for all datasets used. Find citation information for each dataset here:
  • Be either built entirely within Data Studio, as a multi-page report or single-page “scroll down” story, or embedded into a public blog or website that supports, oEmbed or URL embedding
  • Be viewable to Contest Judges via a publicly accessible URL.
  • Data Story must be submitted in the English language.
  • Data Story must be an original, unpublished work that does not contain, incorporate or otherwise use any content, material or element that is owned by a third party or entity other than the SDG Data provided for the purpose of the Contest.


The top five eligible submissions will receive:

  • Five prizes of $10,000 U.S. dollars will be awarded (paid by Google, LLC.)
  • The announcement during the UN World Data Forum
  • Publication by Google Cloud

Application Deadline:

The Contest begins at 12:00:00 A.M. Pacific Time (PT) Zone in the United States on July 24th, 2018 and ends at 11:59:59 P.M. PT on September 30th, 2018.

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