The Office suite of programs is a highly complicated mix of software – not because it is confusing or bloated, but because it is incredibly powerful. There are a lot of skills to be learned if anyone wants to master using the Office suite – this is why it is often seen as a special skill during job hunting.
Microsoft wants to improve upon the already powerful Excel and what better way to to do this than ask the very best at Excel? To find the very best, Microsoft has come up with an interesting idea – the Excel World Championship.
Starting from October of 2016 to November of 2016, Microsoft will run contestants through three rounds of pre-defined Excel challenges. These first three challenges according to Microsoft are these:
- Data Relays – accessing, structuring, managing, and manipulating data
- Chart Gymnastics – visually representing data to tell a story best, as judged by our panel of experts and this Excel community
- Formula Wrestling – using formulas to dynamically solve questions, even if the data changes
In the end, the top three participants would face-off – leaving only one champion for the country they represent. There is one issue, though.
If you are a resident of any of these countries, you are going to have your own very local events – details of which you can find on Microsoft’s community forums.
- South Africa
If however, you are not from any of these countries, you go through the International Challenge – which means you would be proving yourself against people from hundreds of countries, increasing your competition. It sure isn’t ideal, but it is the way it is going to be.
Once the finalists have been selected from each region (including the “international” region), they will finally battle for the throne of the Champion in early 2017. The winner gets the Grand Prize: a trip to Seattle, the USA where they will get to meet the Excel Product Leads and provide them ideas and feedback for the next version of Excel.
This sure is a long path to victory – but the grand prize is a really good one. Once again, the details are over at Microsoft’s TechCommunity forums, so have a look if you are interested.