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Home > Research > Data Visualisation Competition - Are you a Viz Whizz?

Data Visualisation Competition - Are you a Viz Whizz?

Finalists entries

Winner - Cath Sleeman - Recessions & Recoveries

David Gardiner - Weighted down by unsecured debt

Hanif Samad, Christopher Jarvis & James Cattell - Do financial attitudes correspond to financial positions

Jérémie Jacques, Olivier Van Triel, Laura Aït Braham & Jérémy Coel - Living standards in the UK (2013)

Arjun Viswanathan - At midnight, all the Agents

The Bank of England launched its first data visualisation competition, in conjunction with the One Bank Research Agenda conference and the release of new publicly available Bank data sets.

We wanted to see what others can do with these data sets, to show something novel or insightful. The visualisation could have been for example a static description of an interesting pattern or relationship in the data or the creation of an interactive app. Entrants were free to focus on whatever they liked, as long as some of the newly available data was used.
The closing date for entries was Friday 1 May 2015 and there will be a finalist day on Thursday 4 June 2015. This will be held at the Bank of England (in London), where a shortlist of entrants will be asked to present their visualisation to an expert panel. The winning entry will receive £5000.

Further details

  • Anyone (other than a Bank of England employee or a member of their family) was eligible to apply for the competition and entries could be submitted by individuals or groups.
  • Unfortunately the Bank of England is unable to pay for any costs you incur in preparing your submission or your travel and accommodation costs if you are shortlisted to attend the finalist day in London.
  • See further detailed terms and conditions.
Submissions and entry dates
  • The entry could have been created using whatever software entrants would like and could be static or interactive. But the final visual output should have been hosted on the web (as a link), or submitted to us in an image format such as Jpeg, bitmap or a movie format such as MP4.
  • Submissions were to have been emailed to, by 23.59 BST on Friday 1 May 2015, and include:

    1) A brief description of the visualisation, why you felt this was the best way to present the data, and any other datasets you used.

    2) Names, contact details and a brief biography of all participants. A specific person should be named as the main contact.
  • Your submission must have been your own work and you must have had the rights to use any materials, such as photographs, included in your submission.

Three criteria will be used to judge the entries. Is the visualization:

  1. showing something novel or insightful that is relevant to the Bank?
  2. clear and easy to understand?
  3. aesthetically pleasing and original?
  • Those entries that make the finalist day on Thursday 4 June will receive a tour of the Bank of England and its archives in the morning, followed by lunch.
  • Judging will take place in the afternoon where finalists will present their entries to an expert panel.
  • The winning entry will then be announced and the winning team will receive the prize of £5000. Refreshments will then be served for the contestants who will have the chance to mingle with the judges and other Bank staff.
  • The prize will be for the entry (and not per person).


For a description of each of the new available data sets and links to the data please click on the bubbles below:

​ ​Bank's historical balance sheet

Three centuries of data

Inflation attitudes survey data
Data visualisation competition

QE-related data
​ ​Agents' historic company visit scores Household survey data​ ​
Some data from one (or more) of these new data sets must have been used in your visualisation. But entrants were free to combine this with any other publicly available data, including already published Bank of England data on the Bank’s Statistical Interactive Database.
If you have any further questions please email