Zindi Design Your Profile Challenge
Can you conceptualise and design the perfect Zindi user profile?
$2 000 USD
Ended 2 months ago
136 enrolled
Good for beginners

We are calling on you, our users, to help us design the perfect user profile experience. Your user profile is the primary way for you to express yourself as a data professional and an individual to recruiters, corporations and fellow Zindians. A well-designed profile will make a lasting first impression, impress your peers, and put you in front of new job opportunities.

This is not a machine learning challenge. It is important to keep in mind who is looking at your design:

Target audience 1: Recruiters and companies

Recruiters will be analysing your profile to see if you are a good fit for a job interview. Characteristics of this audience:

  • Comparing profiles
  • Looking for candidates to hire
  • Looking for specific skills or attributes
  • Want to get to know you better
  • Need to make decisions quickly

Target audience 2: Zindians and fellow data scientists

Other users on the Zindi platform. Characteristics:

  • Looking for mentorship or peer learning
  • Comparing themselves to other profiles
  • Networking
  • Reaching out for support or to team up


Create two profile designs:

Your design needs to display information about the user in a clear and innovative way. Remember who your target audience is and what they are looking for.

Design 1 must speak to recruiters


  • Header
  • Body
  • Personal information (Name, country, biography etc…)
  • Professional information (Data Science skills, programming languages, work experience, competition performance, timezone etc…)

Design 2 must speak to other users


  • Header
  • Body
  • Personal information (Name, country, biography etc…)
  • Personal growth and development on the platform
  • Ways to connect

Feel free to add new elements or take away existing elements from the current profile. The goal here is to make the ideal profile for Zindi users so be creative and try adding new features to improve the experience. You can look at your Career Questionnaire to see what features you can add.


Giving your input on how your user profile should look gives you a direct say in how Zindi serves your needs as our users. We will use the information and ideas generated here to make our user experience better.


The internal Zindi team will evaluate all PDF submissions, and the top 10 highest-scoring submissions will be posted on the discussion board. The ones with the most upvotes will take the prizes.

The submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Creativity (30%): Did the data scientist explore unique and innovative ways to elevate the user profile?
  • Effective communication of ideas (30%): Is the design easy to understand and well-communicated? Does it speak to different target audiences?
  • The potential impact of the design (30%): Will the new design drive action from other users and recruiters?
  • Overall presentation (10%): Is the design of the visuals and the deliverable well-done?

Remember, you don’t have to be an expert designer to enter this competition. Your submission will be judged mainly on content and innovative ideas. You can use other designs as inspiration or reference for your solution. However, using an exact copy of someone else’s design will be penalised and you will be awarded 0 for your submission. Your submission should be a PDF document with clear explanations of visualisations. Text may be included. Your submission needs to include references to all data sources, papers, blogs and articles used. You can create your design using any design tools such as Canva, Figma, etc, but be sure to PDF it before submitting.

Please label your files:


Where XXX is a unique ID to identify when your submission was made.


1st place: $1 000 USD

2nd place: $600 USD

3rd place: $400 USD


Competition closes on 8 January 2023.

Final submissions must be received by 11:59 PM GMT.

Final solutions will be posted by the Zindi team on the discussion board on 23 January 2023.

Zindians will have until 28 January 2023 to upvote your favourite designs.

We reserve the right to update the contest timeline if necessary.


To be eligible for this competition you must register for this competition on Zindi. You must upload your submission to Zindi. Note that there will be no scores on this leaderboard. This challenge is open to everyone.

At the end of the competition, the judging panel will score all submissions according to the evaluation criteria. The panel’s determination is final.

Maximum number of submissions per day is 4.

Teams and collaboration

You may participate in competitions as an individual or in a team of up to four people. When creating a team, the team must have a total submission count less than or equal to the maximum allowable submissions as of the formation date. A team will be allowed the maximum number of submissions for the competition, minus the total number of submissions among team members at team formation. Prizes are transferred only to the individual players or to the team leader.

Multiple accounts per user are not permitted, and neither is collaboration or membership across multiple teams. Individuals and their submissions originating from multiple accounts will be immediately disqualified from the platform.

The Zindi user who sets up a team is the default Team Leader. The Team Leader can invite other data scientists to their team. Invited data scientists can accept or reject invitations. Until a second data scientist accepts an invitation to join a team, the data scientist who initiated a team remains an individual on the leaderboard. No additional members may be added to teams within the final 5 days of the competition or the last hour of a hackathon, unless otherwise stated in the competition rules

A team can be disbanded if it has not yet made a submission. Once a submission is made individual members cannot leave the team.

All members in the team receive points associated with their ranking in the competition and there is no split or division of the points between team members.

You acknowledge and agree that Zindi may, without any obligation to do so, remove or disqualify an individual, team, or account if Zindi believes that such individual, team, or account is in violation of Zindi’s Rules.

We reserve the right to modify these rules at any time as necessary.