Data Speaks! Competition


The students of today will be the influencers of tomorrow. They will be the ones who develop new approaches for resource extraction, water security and social equity. They will also be the ones who create consensus and shared understanding among a variety of audiences, which will include non-specialists. The ability to communicate research and data to these audiences is key in influencing future changes - which is why it’s vital to help students learn the science of communication now.

To support this, Seequent has partnered with us to create the Data Speaks! Competition. Seequent creates software to help geoscientists tell visual stories with complex data, and they want to support students in creating their own data stories.


Data Speaks! will foster an understanding of our future resource challenges, while helping students communicate their research and data to the wider public. Their goal is to educate a non-specialist audience about what they do, why they do it and why it’s important - so their audience can understand the full picture.

We’re inviting students who have had an abstract accepted to our conference, and who are presenting oral sessions or posters, to reimagine their research with a non-specialist audience in mind. Eligible students will be receiving emails from us in early May with registration details. If you believe you’re eligible, you can also click here to register.

The competition has two parts:

  1. Eligible competitors submit a revised title and abstract, suitable for a non-specialist audience.
  2. The top 40 candidates are invited to a 5-minute video interview at the Seequent booth (317) during the conference.

Entries will primarily be judged on the accessibility of their research to a non-specialist audience, their reasoning and their creativity. The challenge is to make research understandable and intriguing, while maintaining accuracy and transparency.

Interview videos will be uploaded throughout the conference (follow #SeeDataSpeak to watch them), and will be judged by a panel.

Seequent will present prizes to the winners during the Innovation Forum on Thursday, June 21. We invite you to come along and celebrate their success!


Drop by the Seequent booth (317) during the trade show hours to watch interviews with the finalists, or view them on Seequent’s YouTube channel. Interviews will start on June 17 and run until June 20. You can also follow the competition as it unfolds on social media using #SeeDataSpeak.

If you are an eligible student, you can register for the contest here.


Better decisions start with a conversation - which is why Seequent partnered with RFG2018 to create the Data Speaks! Competition.

Seequent is a world leader in the development of visual data science software and collaborative technologies. Their solutions enable people to create rich stories and uncover valuable insights from geological data, and ultimately make better decisions about their earth, environment and energy challenges.

They want to help every geoscientist solve the highly complex problems of today, and work toward the bigger solutions of tomorrow.

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