On 26th November 2014, at Lemigo Hotel, a team called "IMPRESSIVE" which was composed of three students from the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Rwanda won first place at the 2014 edition of Infographic Competition hosted by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR). Each team member received a laptop.

In presence of statisticians, planners, academicians and representatives of international organizations, the first three winning teams received their prizes. The ceremony has been combined with the celebration of the African Statistics Day (ASD) and the official launching of the second National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS2). NISR concluded its third Infographic Competition that was organised between October and November 2014.The goal of this competition was to visualize “the impact of internal migration on labour force participation in Rwanda” based on the recent data from 2012 Population and Housing Census of Rwanda.

At the 2nd position came the team named as VISION STATISTICIANS from the University of Rwanda/Huye Campus whose members were awarded an iPad each and the 3rd position went to the team called “THE ARTISTS” again from CMU-Rwanda whose members got a smart phone each.

In addition, each member of top 15 teams (including top 3) received a certificate and the members of the first five winning teams (including top 3) have been guaranteed paid professional internships with NISR upon completion of their studies.

For this Infographic Competition, 2014 edition, (sixty) 60 teams registered, and at least one team from the following universities registered:

  • University of Rwanda/CBE
  • INES Ruhengeri
  • Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda
  • InstitutPolythechnique de Byumba
  • University of Rwanda/Polytechnic
  • IPRC Kigali / Kicukiro College of Technology
  • University of Rwanda/CST(Former KIST)
  • University of Rwanda/CBE (former SFB)

Only thirty seven (37) teams submitted their entries, and a team of judges composed of specialist in designing, statistics and communications chose the top 15 winning teams based on multiple criteria.

Infographic competition as organized by NISR has many objectives but the most important are to train young students in the use of statistics and to encourage their talents in visualising statistics for its improved consumption in policy and decision making.

By: Jean Claude Nyirimanzi