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SSA Vic & Tas Di Cook Award

Open-Source Statistical Software Award by Statistical Society Australia, Victorian & Tasmanian Branch

Call for Submission


  1. The Award is open to students, or students who graduated within one year of the application due date, of Victorian or Tasmanian educational institutes only.
  2. The Award is not open to any work that has won another software competition or award, although the applicant may submit separate work that is significantly different to any previously winning work.
  3. The applicant must have begun the development while enrolled as a student.
  4. The applicant does not need to be an SSA member to apply for this award.
  5. Individuals or teams are eligible to participate in this competition.
  6. If the software development was a team effort, the major contribution should be that of the students.
  7. The submitted software must be open-source and actively maintained at the time of entry.


The applicant must submit:

The applicant may also optionally submit:

All of these items should be submitted by completing the application form under Forms before the application deadline. All submitted materials must be in English.

Judges & Assessors

  1. Assessors will be drawn from expert statistical software developers who are not entrants in the current round.
  2. Assessors will be preferably drawn from outside of Victoria and Tasmania.
  3. Assessors give input by completing the assessor form similar to the one supplied under Forms.
  4. The judging panel will comprise committee members of the Statistical Computing and Visualisation Section of the Statistical Society of Australia or other members selected by the SSA Vic & Tas council.
  5. Assessors for this competition will be decided after close of submission upon consultation with the judging panel.
  6. A judging panel will collate assessors input to decide on the winner.
  7. The decision of the judging panel is final.

If you would like to be an assessor, please email along with your software expertise.


Important Dates

Date What
Mon 2nd Oct 2023 Opening of submissions
Fri 24th Nov 2023 Fri 8th Dec 2023 Close of submissions
March 2024 meeting Announcement of the award winner


The awardee will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and an opportunity to present their work at an event planned in 2024.

All applications of sufficient quality will have their tutorial (if supplied) made available on the website (https://statsocaus.github.io/dicook-award/) with its introduction and link to the tutorial circulated to SSA Vic members and other avenues.


If you see mistakes or want to suggest changes, please create an issue on the source repository.