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Lloyd’s Register Foundation Optigram 2021 Competition Launched

Can you visualise resilience? Do you have the creative skills to turn data into a climate resilience story? The 2021 Optigram competition is now open from the National University of Singapore’s Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk.

Optigram 2021

With the need to win over public audiences of the importance of investing in resilience, we are happy to share news of the Optigram competition, supported by one of our founding partners, the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, at the National University of Singapore’s Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk. Optigram 2021 is helping turn data into stories which will make the case for action on risk and enhance resilience.

People perceive risk intuitively all the time. These perceptions are influenced by factors such as personal experience, concerns and understanding of the topic. More often than not, our risk perceptions may not be aligned with the probabilities of the actual risk, and thus could lead to poor decisions.

Optigram is a data visualisation competition aimed at developing creative ways to communicate data and information on risk effectively.  When people are curious about the evidence and data presented, the gap between perceived risks and actual risks (i.e. facts vs fears) can be narrowed and better decisions will be made, helping enhance resilience and increase public safety,

This competition invites youth (aged 15 to 35 years old) from all over the world to submit proposals for a digital media product (e.g. artwork, videos, website) which visualises scientific data creatively to communicate risks, patterns and trends (e.g. how risk perceptions emerge and evolve). Through the creative use of digital media technology to illustrate scientific data, Optigram 2021 will engage the audience meaningfully and help them understand their risk perceptions and risk management options.

The winners will have the opportunity to turn their proposals into a digital product of their choice depicting the data sourcing and risk communication process. The final product will be showcased via IPUR’s outreach channels to bring about societal impact.

The top five submissions will receive cash prizes (Singapore Dollar SGD). In addition, members from the winning teams who are based in Singapore will be offered a two-month internship at IPUR.

1st prize: $1000

2nd prize: $500

3rd prize: $500

4th prize: $500

5th prize: $500

2021: Climate Change in Asia

The theme for Optigram 2021 is Climate Change in Asia. Participants can present on any climate issues such as rising sea levels, heatwaves, floods or even carbon emission levels, as long as the data sets come from credible sources. Participants can use single or multiple data sets, and are required to cite the sources used in the proposals.

Competition Details:

Submission Period: 1 February 2021 – 19 March 2021 (Singapore Time 2359 hours)

Submissions must be made with Entry Form and Proposal Form

More information can be found at Competition Details

Submission to [email protected].


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