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Tell the Singapore Story with data

Data visualisation geeks - here is your chance to tell the Singapore story with Government data to celebrate SG50, and stand to win a cash prize along the way.

SINGAPORE: The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) wants you to tell the Singapore story using digital technology. The organisation has launched a competition titled "Data in the City: Data Visualisation Challenge", as part of its SG50 celebrations.

It is the first initiative of its kind here and participants must use at least one piece of data from Government data portals, data.gov.sg or OneMap, to show an aspect of Singapore and the way we live, work and play. They can sign up for workshops to learn how to create visualisations, from storytelling to programming.

Shortlisted teams get to present their visualisations to a panel of judges at the IDA "Smart Nation Foundation: Data Works" conference on Oct 29. The top team will stand to win a cash prize of S$6,000. 

IDA Managing Director Jacqueline Poh said: "The Data Visualisation Challenge is a wonderful opportunity to bring together the Singapore Government's open data movement, where we've released more than 8,000 data sets to the public to use, to create applications, to create visualisations, hopefully to create businesses as well, and merge it together with SG50, to tell your Singapore story."

President of the Singapore Heritage Society, Dr Chua Ai Lin, is also excited to see what the participants come up with. "Because they're not from a history background, it'll be really interesting to see how they perceive historical data, the kind of questions they ask and the creative and fresh ways they might have to visualise it," said Dr Chua.