Elevate: AAPI Data Challenge & Convening


Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) make up the fastest growing racial group, and are projected to surpass 50 million in number by 2060. AAPIs are also one of the most diverse racial groups, representing dozens of ethnicities, cultures, and migration stories from around the world. In the past decade, there have been significant improvements in the availability of data about AAPIs, on issues ranging from socioeconomic status to education, health, and civic participation. Many of these datasets include information on the detailed origin of AAPIs, but are underutilized.  We hope to change this with the Elevate: AAPI Data Challenge & Convening on October 7, 2016.



About the Challenge

The submissions period for Elevate: AAPI Data Challenge has closed.

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), which is housed within the Department of Education, and University of California, Riverside (AAPIData.com) are sponsoring this challenge to hear from the public about novel approaches to analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data about AAPIs, particularly data that are broken out by detailed origin (such as Cambodian, Korean, Native Hawaiian, etc.).  Submissions may include, for example: policy papers that rely on identified AAPI data sets or subsets, compelling infographics, web applications, data tables, blog posts, animations, videos, and other creative mediums. What can you tell or show us about the AAPI community through data?

Selected applicants will be invited to a convening in Washington, DC hosted by WHIAAPI and AAPIData.com on October 7, 2016, to discuss their work.

The data source for the submission is open to applicants.  Here are few examples for your consideration:

  • http://1.usa.gov/1M2wMJQ (American Community Survey on one-year, five-year, and ten-year census data)
  • http://1.usa.gov/29b12FU (Current Population Survey on labor force, earnings, and education statistics)
  • http://1.usa.gov/29pCR4z (Department of Commerce dataset on business owners, by gender, ethnicity, race, and veteran status)
  • http://1.usa.gov/2937nQD (Census 2000 Summary File, which includes population items on sex, age, race, ethnicity, household relationship, family characteristics)
  • http://1.usa.gov/1WDMEZx (Civil Rights Data Collection dataset on student enrollment and educational programs and services)
  • http://1.usa.gov/29fOigi (Federal Housing  Finance Agency information on underserved housing data in metropolitan areas and non-metropolitan areas.)
  • http://1.usa.gov/19pfJSl (National Science Foundation dataset on women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering)


  • August 10, 2016Elevate: AAPI Data Challenge Launched
  • September 5, 2016 – Deadline for Elevate: AAPI Data Challenge Applications
  • October 7, 2016Elevate: AAPI Data Challenge Convening in Washington, DC

*Events/dates are subject to change.

Judging Criteria

The review panel will consider criteria such as the following:

  • Topical Relevance: Does the application address Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, either as racial groups, or with reference to any particular detailed origin group (such as Cambodian, Filipino, Samoan, etc.)?
  • Soundness of Methodology: For example, if the product manipulates a dataset to make the data more useful, we are interested in learning about what datasets would be used, and how the application would work so it can be replicated.
  • Relevance to Policy Audiences: For example, does the application identify an issue that should be of concern to government agencies or other policy actors at the federal, state, or local level?
  • Accessibility to General Audiences: For example, is the application accessible to audiences that may not be well versed in statistical methods or analyses?
  • Novelty: For example, does the application showcase data in a way that is unique?


  • The Elevate: AAPI Data Challenge is non-monetary.
  • Selected applicants will be invited to a convening hosted by WHIAAPI and AAPIData.com in Washington, DC, on October 7, 2016.

How to Enter

Where to Submit: Please submit your application to whitehouseaapi@ed.gov with subject line “Elevate: AAPI Data Challenge” by September 5, 2016.

Required Information:

Please provide the following information so we may contact you about your application:

  • Name:
  • Address:
  • Email address:
  • Phone Number:
  • If the product you describe in your application was developed in your work capacity or in cooperation with an organization, please provide the same contact information for that organization as you provided for yourself, including the name of a contact person for that organization.

Content Information:

We are interested in receiving information such as the following:

  • A description of how the product makes the data about the AAPI population or a specific subset of that population (e.g., Asian Indian, Korean, Samoan, etc.) more useful or meaningful. Examples of products include infographics, smart phone applications, data tables, blog posts, policy briefs, animations, videos, or other creative products.
  • If you developed an application or other tool to manipulate or present the data, information about what datasets would be used and how the product works.

If your application proposes a blog post, policy brief, video or other creative product, we ask that you

  • Limit the length of the blog post to 1,000 words or fewer.
  • Limit the length of the policy brief to 20 pages or fewer.
  • Limit the length of the video to 5 minutes or fewer.


By submitting an application to the Elevate: AAPI Data Challenge, the applicant agrees to adhere to the application guidelines below:

  1. If your application includes a product that is greater than 5 MB e.g. a computer application) we may have trouble downloading the product so please provide an alternative method for reviewing the product, including instructions on where we can locate your creation (e.g., a shared link or webpage).
  2. Please provide responses to the questions and your contact information in the body of the email or as an attachment.
  3. Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of this notice in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) by contacting the WHIAAPI office at 202-245-6355. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), and need other assistance please call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339, which can connect you with the WHIAAPI office.
  4. Proposal Acceptance Period: We cannot guarantee that we will be able to consider your application unless we receive it by September 5, 2016 (“Proposal Acceptance Period”).
  5. Encouraged Applicants: WHIAAPI encourages individuals who have experience analyzing and presenting data, including those affiliated with corporations, academic institutions, and government agencies, and students from high school through graduate school to apply.
  6. Number of Entries: We do not limit the number of entries you may submit but please clearly indicate each separate product.
  7. Finalist Selection and Notification: Applications will be reviewed by a panel of reviewers, consisting of representatives of WHIAAPI; University of California, Riverside (AAPIData.com); and select knowledgeable federal government agency staff. The decisions of the panel on all matters relating to Elevate: AAPI Data Challenge are final. Reviewers will not consider any application that does not adhere to these guidelines or submits an application containing a product that would result in a violation of Federal law, regulation, or the policies of the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Applicants selected to attend or present at the convening will be notified via email or phone call.
  8. Copyright/Original Work: Each applicant represents and warrants that he or she is the sole author and owner of the application submission for the Elevate: AAPI Data Challenge (Submission); that the Submission is wholly original with the applicant (or is an improved version of an existing application that the applicant has sufficient rights to use and to authorize others (including ED) to use); and that the Submission does not infringe any copyright or any other rights of any third party of which the applicant is aware. Each applicant also warrants that the application is free of malware.
  9. Intellectual Property Rights: By providing an application to ED, each applicant grants to ED and the University of California, Riverside (Sponsors) an irrevocable, paid-up, royalty-free, non-exclusive worldwide license to use, copy, distribute to the public, create derivative works from, link to, and display publicly (on the Internet or otherwise) the Submission (including the associated application) for a period of one year starting on the date of the announcement of the accepted applicants, and for such additional period as may be agreed to by Sponsors and the applicant. All applicants will retain all other intellectual property rights over the products described in their applications. Each accepted applicant guarantees and agrees that the product or tool will be provided to the public free of charge for a period of one year starting on the date of the announcement of accepted applicants. Applicant also agrees to allow Sponsors to use his or her name and other submitted information (e.g., address) in any news report, media release, or documentation issued by Sponsors (or its designee) related to this Challenge.
  10. Limitation of Liability: By submitting an entry for the Challenge, all applicants agree to, and thereby do, release, discharge, and hold harmless the Government and its employees, agents, contractors, and representatives (except in the case of willful misconduct) from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Challenge or any Challenge-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder, including claims for injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from their participation in the Challenge, whether the injury, death, damage or loss arises through negligence, or otherwise. Participants will not be required to waive claims against the Government that arise from the unauthorized use or disclosure by the agency of the intellectual property, trade secrets, or confidential information of the applicant. The applicant shall be liable for, and shall indemnify and hold harmless the Government against, all actions or claims for loss of or damage to property (including any damage that may result from a virus or malware to the government’s computer systems or those of the end-users of the software and/or applications), resulting from the fault, negligence, or wrongful act or omission of the applicant.
  11. Privacy Policy:  Participation in the Challenge constitutes the applicant’s consent to the use by ED (and its agents and contractors) of the applicant’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, and contact information (i.e., email, phone number, and address) for communication purposes on matters regarding the Challenge in any media, worldwide, without payment or consideration.  Participation in the Challenge also constitutes the applicant’s consent to permit ED and its agents and contractors to share any submission information of an applicant with WHIAAPI staff, members of the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs, the University of California, Riverside, as well as other Administration officials for purposes related to administering the Challenge, including the award of prizes.  Individually identifiable information provided to ED in an application to this Challenge will be used only to communicate on matters regarding the applicant’s application or administering or implementing the Challenge.  Individually identifiable information provided to ED in an application to this Challenge will not be used for any purpose that is unrelated to the application and administering or implementing the Challenge, unless such a use is required by law.