Dinushki De Livera won first place in WIA’s inaugural Data Viz Competition back in 2018. She has gone on to speak at the 2019 WIA conference and take on a role as a WIA Ambassador.
Read on to learn more about her story and why she encourages anyone considering participating in the Data Viz Competition to enter.
I'm originally from Sri Lanka, moved to the US 8 years ago for college. I got my Bachelor's degree in Economics and Finance and my Master’s in Applied Economics from the University of Cincinnati. In grad school, I took a data visualization class and fell in love with it immediately. This led to my current position as a Business Analyst at UNIFUND in Blue Ash, Cincinnati. I love everything to do with data, making it informative, interesting and beautiful.
My visualization is about the labor force of the City of Cincinnati, focusing on women. I was inspired to do this viz for many reasons. I started the viz in March, which is National Women's History Month, it was during all the Women's Marches are over the country and it was the perfect topic to present at the WIA conference.
My supervisor saw details about the competition posted on Twitter and told me I should send something in. I was reluctant at first because I had only five days till the deadline, but I saw it as a challenge and went for it.
The world is moving at a very fast pace when it comes to big data. If people are not able to grasp this data in an informative and efficient way, there are so many opportunities, insights, and knowledge that could be missed. I think in every company, institution, or organization - however big or small they are - incorporating data visualization is only going to give them an edge one way or the other.
I would highly recommend giving it a shot. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced data visualizer, it’s a great platform to show off your work and story. It also helps that the prizes you stand a chance to win are very generous.
I'm a huge fan of any woman that is striving to be her best, and I'm always most inspired by all the boss ladies in the data world.
Yes! Take initiative! Don't wait to be told what to do. If you have an idea, don't be afraid to share it!
If you want to dig in further to De Livera’s interactive visualization, you can view it in full at the link here.
When we dug into Dinushki’s visualization, we discovered some interesting insights surrounding the women workers of the City of Cincinnati:
WIA is once again hosting our annual Data Viz Competition! Visualization and storytelling experts of all genders are encouraged to participate. Submit your entry on our website by December 14 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time to enter.
Entries can be any of the following:
The only requirement is that entries must be mobile and able to be displayed indoors. Voters should also be able to view and understand your visualization in an online format via the Women in Analytics website. If you have any questions, contact the WIA team.
Learn more and enter on our Data Viz Competition page.
How does it work?
On Monday, January 13th, the Top 10 submissions will be revealed and posted on our website where users can interact with each viz and vote for their favorite. That means YOU can check back and vote to help WIA narrow down the TOP 10 to the TOP 5.
At WIA 2020, the popular vote will determine which top three finalists win cash prizes! During the conference, be sure to visit the Data Gallery to meet the finalists, interact with their viz’s, and cast your live vote to help crown the 2020 WIA Data Viz Champ!
Don’t forget to mark your calendar and register for the 2020 Women in Analytics Conference.
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