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USP Data Journalism 2020

The event has been postponed to the next semester due to the nCorona 2019 virus. This decision was made as we consider your health, safety and well-being as our paramount priorities. We look forward to having you join us when the new event dates are finalised. Thanks for your interest.

Speakers & Mentors

We have an interesting list of speakers and mentors lined up for the event. You can know more about them here!


Jackie Tan

Co-Founder and Data Enthusiast

Jackie is interested in the intersection between human and finance that can be augmented by data, and believes there is plenty more room to explore this exciting area. He is fond of writing, ranging from gif-laden Medium posts to peer-reviewed research publications.

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Gwyneth Teo

Senior Broadcast Journalist at Channel NewsAsia

Gwyneth Teo is currently a senior broadcast journalist at Channel NewsAsia, focusing on the transport newsbeat. Ever since graduating from NUS with a bachelors of Social Sciences and the University's Scholars' Programme, she has gained tremendous experience in production and developing the right story for the audience.

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Tobias Leong

Data Engineer

Tobias Leong is a Data Engineering Technical Lead at GovTech Singapore. He focusses on delivering big data infrastructure solutions within the public sector to enable public officers to extract insights from data. Before joining GovTech, Tobias spent 1.5 years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs traveling the world. Not too long ago, he graduated from NUS with a degree in Economics.

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Here's the schedule for the event!

18:00 21/02/2020

Registration of participants

19:20 21/02/2020

Opening address

20:30 21/02/2020

Hacking Starts

08:00 22/02/2020


09:00 22/02/2020

Mentorship begins

09:00 22/02/2020

Journalism workshop by Gwyneth (CNA)

14:30 22/02/2020

Hacking ends! Time for submissions!

16:30 22/02/2020

Prize Ceremony

17:00 22/02/2020

Hackathon Ends!

Sponsors & Partners

Their support has helped us organise this event!



Asking questions is the best way to discover more! Here are some commonly asked questions and the answers to them!

Who is eligible to participate?

The event is open to all (NUS Students, other uni students and the public). If you can’t find a team, don’t worry! Sign up as an individual and we’ll find a team for you.

What is the theme?

The theme is data journalism. No constraints beyond that.

Is it a competition or a workshop?

It’s a competition with top 3 prizes to be won by participating teams. However, there will be supplementary workshops on 14th February organised by Tableau and during the event to help participants.

What is the scope and what are the deliverables?

Participants will be able to address any question they deem interesting. They will deliver a dashboard (Refer to the image below for more information) and be given 3 minute to walk the participants through it.

Do I need any prior knowledge?

Nope! Our data hackathon is accessible to all students, regardless of skill set and discipline. The word “journalism” makes understandable what we expect as a deliverable. It also emphasise the potential implications of real word data as data storytelling but it also goes further to encompass quantitative reasoning, since the story can affect societal arguments and social policy.

What if I have no prior experience/knowledge?

Mentors will assist participants when they need it. Indeed, participants should have fun using data to answer important questions but they shouldn’t be limited by technicalities. Scientific rigour, correctness and precision but also communication skills and creativeness will be taken into consideration to decide a winner.

Does it have to be interactive?

Doesn’t matter! Certain methods of story-telling might require walking through the user through a fixed storyline. Others might want to grant users an opportunity to explore by themselves Find your insight, develop your story and think: is an interactive dashboard better?

Must I use Tableau?

The reason we chose to partner with Tableau specifically is due to the ease of use and setup. If you think your insights might be better delivered via, tidyverse(R) or even excel, go ahead!

How can I sponsor the event?

Please write an email to Dr. Charles Burke at

What is a dashboard?

You can have a look at this diagram to know more.

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