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show off your passion and skill for data analytics!

The Actuaries Institute, together with the Young Data Analytics Working Group (YDAWG), invited actuaries and analysts to make a short (2-3 minute) video on a program, package, technique, tool or data set that excites them for performing data analysis. The judges were looking for interesting data sets or niche tools that are being using to solve real problems!

WOMD Video Data Analytics Competition

Fantastic prizes!

The winner will receive AUD $2, 000.00 in prize money and two runners up will each receive AUD $500.00!  All shortlisted entries will receive opportunities to feature their work in Actuaries Digital, the CareerView Podcast and the 2018 Data Analytics Seminar in October.

Entries closed on Monday 3 September 2018. Thank you to all members who submitted entries. Judges will be announcing winning entrants soon! 

Top 3 Entries!

Congratulations Andrew Xu, Minh Phan and Queenie Chow for making the Top 3! 

Shortlisted Entries!

Below are the other shortlisted entries. Voting ended Friday September 28th at 5pm.

“The video entries were of a high calibre and showcased the individual personalities, knowledge and passions of the entrants.
The creators utilised everything from animation to motion graphics and screen recording tools that can take data analytics presentations to the next level. All entrants should be proud of themselves for taking a creative risk and educating us on their chosen data tool.
I never thought I’d see the World Cup, Pusheen or Where’s Wally in analytics-focused videos but I’m happy to say that I’m blown away by the creativity”
– Justin Matters, Digital Media Specialist @ Actuaries Institute

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WOMD Competition Video Filming Guides

To be accepted into the competition, videos must be:

  • Uploaded to YouTube (set visibility to ‘unlisted’), or Dropbox or WeTransfer, with link sent to
  • 16:9 horizontal aspect ratio (No Vertical Video)
  • 720p HD minimum
  • Duration between 2- 3 minutes
  • No colour grading (includes sepia, black + white)
  • Contain no copyrighted music or video
See detailed Filming Guidelines.

Example videos

WOMD Selection Criteria

Winning entries will be judged on:

  • Video Content

  • Video Energy and Engagement

  • Video Quality

  • Social Media and Member Engagement

See detailed Selection Criteria

A word from some of the Competition Judges:

"The competition is an innovative way to expose the exciting growth actuaries are driving in the field of data science and analytics. The video competition is a first for the Institute, and I’m thrilled to see the voice it will bring actuaries, who otherwise do not get a chance to showcase their unique abilities and interests."
– Michael Storozhev, Senior Underwriter @ Cover-More 

"This is an exciting way to engage with the younger members of the profession, who often drive the technical innovation in analytics teams. I’m looking forward to a broad range of entries, as well as an insight into what tools people are actually using today."
– Hugh Miller, Principal @ Taylor Fry

Steph Quine

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Actuaries and Analysts to flex their creativity, and experiment with the engaging medium of video to communicate the power of data analytics.”
– Stephanie Quine, Digital Marketing Manager @ Actuaries Institute

Jacky Poon, Head of Analytics With data analytics moving so quickly, there are so many new tools being developed and data-sets being publicly released. These "Weapons of Mass Deduction" are potentially of value not just for data analytics specialists, but also actuaries in traditional fields working with data in some form.  I am really excited to be part of this competition - it is a great opportunity to uncover and bring these great concepts to light within the actuarial profession, all while having fun - and there are prizes to be won too!" – Jacky Poon, Head of Actuarial and Analytics @ World Nomads Group
cindy vuong2 “Different people have different ways of approaching the same problem. With there being so many tools and techniques out there, I'm excited to find out what members are using and how they will creatively showcase the tool in a video." - Cindy Vuong, Senior Actuarial Research Analyst @ Pacific Life Re.

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"Here's my not-very-short-list of examples of mostly cool tools that I haven't really looked into yet," – Jacky Poon, Head of Actuarial and Analytics @ World Nomads Group

"All of this makes it an exciting, and at times bewildering, time to be building models and writing code." - writes Hugh Miller in his article:

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To be eligible to enter the competition and win, entrants must:

1. Provide (subject to the Institute’s Privacy Policy), their name and requested contact details.

2. Consent to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material directly related to, or connected with, the competition.

3. Consent to the use of their submitted video entry in any publicity material (including social media posts) directly related to, or connected with, the competition.

4. Not be a member or immediate family of a member, of the Institute’s Council or HQ Team as at 27 June 2018.

5. Be a Member or University Subscriber of the Institute.

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