Harvard Data Science Animation Contest

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Harvard Data Science Animation Contest

Have you studied data science in a course or on your own? Are you interested in pushing your visualization skills to create data animations? If so, then you should enter Harvard’s first Data Science Animation Contest!

The contest is open to all Harvard students. In support of promoting Harvard’s teaching of data science and statistics, the Data Science Animation Contest is being held for the first time this December to January 2019. They invite you to join the competition, learn something new, and havefun!

The contest is an opportunity to push both your data science and programming skills with some friendly competition. On the career-oriented side, this contest lets you hone a skill that will enable you to engage in real-world applications of what you’ve learned about data science.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • Participants must be an undergraduate orgraduate student at Harvard.
  • Participants may work in teams. They will writecreate an animation and submit the animation, supporting code, and a briefwritten explanation of the animation
  • Whether you are a finalist or not, you’ll be joining a community working on an exciting emerging area of teaching and learning data science. If you happen to be a finalist, you’ll get the opportunity to present your submission at a cross-Harvard workshop on data science and applied statistics education at the end of January 2019.

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To participate, you need to register online through the given link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeSMtkzeLUhYmjjT0onRRBXPewBiXs_hPGiAN9N_c-WtPCh2g/viewform

What: On your own or in a team, illustrate a data science or statistics concept through creating an animation, which you can make with the same tools you used when learning data science.


  • This contest is absolutely free to all participants.
  • All submissions will be made available to the public to benefit from, so your work will be showcased beyond just the Harvard data science community. 
  • They will be accepting submissions written in any programming language.
  • Participants will use R, Python, or related tools to create an animation or interactive app that illustrates a data science or statistics concept of their choice. Along with their code, participants will submit a short write-up explaining their goal.
  • You can find submission information at https://sites.google.com/view/harvard-data-science-animation/submission-information
  • They have compiled some tutorials and examples of animations and apps: https://sites.google.com/view/harvard-data-science-animation/learning-resources
  • To receive a prize, participants must provide their name and Harvard ID, and any other information Harvard may need to award Participants a prize. Harvard will endeavor to disperse prizes to all eligible prize recipients. Participants understand that there may be rare circumstances in which Harvard is unable to disperse a prize due to applicable legal restrictions.


Winners of the competition will receive cash prizes as below:

  • The first place award is $500 and the two runner-ups will win $250 each.
  • All finalists will also be invited to present their submissions at a cross-Harvard University workshop on data science and applied statistics education in January 2019.
  • For teams, the prize will be split equally among all team members.
  • Money prizes will be awarded in U.S. dollars and may be delivered in the form of cash, check, gift card, or other cash equivalents.

Application Deadline:

Submissions must be made by January 10, 2019, 11:59 PM EST.

Apply Now

If you have any questions, feel free to contact atviceprovost_learning@harvard.edu (subject: Animation Contest).

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