Accountancy Data Visualization Competition

Organizations create and collect massive amounts of data as a result of their day-to-day operations. Frequently referred to as "big data," it represents an important asset for the organization. The Accountancy Data Visualization Competition is for students who are up to the challenge of working with Big Data and presenting it to provide insights that will support better decisions.

What To Expect

  • You can compete individually or as part of a team.
  • Competitors will take on the role of consultants hired by Huskie Motor Company, an automobile company with production and sales throughout the world that is seeking a "data-driven" strategy for decision making.
  • Near the end of February, registered competitors will receive a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet with data regarding product-specific details relevant to production and marketing.
  • You will also receive a request for analysis. Microsoft Excel or other visualization software should be used to create visualizations of the data that support the analysis and a PowerPoint slide deck should be created to present your analysis and visualizations.


  • Create a 10-minute recording of your team presenting your slide deck.
  • Recordings should be in standard video formats (e.g., mp4).
  • Unplayable videos cannot be judged.
  • Videos should allow for downloading.
  • Recordings should show both the presenters and the slide deck (e.g., a suggested method includes – but is not limited to – having all team members join a free Zoom session with mics and cameras on, one member shares and advances the slide deck, recording the presentation as each member presents certain slides; the outputted mp4 will show both the slides and a sidebar of the presenting attendees).
  • It is advised not to gather in one location to record this presentation.
  • A link will be provided for you to upload your PowerPoint slide deck and presentation video no later than March 26, 2021.

Your presentation will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will provide you with feedback. The first and second place teams will be announced during the NIU Business Olympics on April 3, 2021.

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