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Google Cloud, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, and Partners launch inaugural Data Storytelling Contest for students

US: A contest aimed at supporting the next generation of Sustainable Development Goal advocates has been launched by Google Cloud, the United Nations Foundation, the World Bank, and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. Visualize 2030 is a global data storytelling contest offering each of the top five winners a $10K cash prize, publication by Google Cloud, and the announcement of their data story during the UN World Data Forum.

Launched at the Google Cloud Next ’18 conference in San Francisco, the Visualize 2030 contest focuses on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — an ambitious agenda adopted by global leaders to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including ending extreme poverty, reducing inequality, addressing climate change, and others, by 2030.

Visualize 2030 is open to students at the college and graduate level, aged 18 and above, and aims to encourage budding data scientists, journalists, policymakers, and data artists to drive real-world impact through storytelling and design.

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s policymakers and business leaders. They’re fluent in technology, and we want to empower them to use their skills and expertise to tell powerful data stories that can truly inspire action,” said Kathy Calvin, President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation.

 The contest challenges applicants to submit a data-driven story that reveals how at least two SDGs influence each other, and what actions might be taken to reach those goals by 2030. What are the shared challenges? What are the shared opportunities? Does one goal need to be met before the other can be? These are some of the questions students are encouraged to consider, and answer, in their submissions.

The UN Statistics Division’s Sustainable Development Indicators and the World Bank’s World Development Indicators are now available in Google Cloud Platform Public Datasets and analysis-ready within Google Data Studio, where applicants should build their submissions.

The contest, closing on 30 September 2018, will be judged by a panel of international experts. Five winners will be announced in October at the UN World Data Forum in Dubai.

For more information on the Visualize 2030 contest and how to participate, see cloud.google.com/visualize-2030.