While The World Was Excelling in Sports, They Excelled in Excel

While the world was glued to the biggest sporting event, the Olympics in Rio, a smaller bunch of people were competing to prove their skills in Microsoft Excel. (And Word and PowerPoint.) 

And instead of the massive stadiums, the courts, and mysterious-green pools of Rio, sat rows of computers loaded up with every Good Employee’s 3 best friends: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. And like the real Olympics, delegates from Asia dominated the Microsoft Olympiad.

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image: Quartz

The event was called Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship and tested students’ skills on Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Top students (ages 13-22) are invited to represent their respective countries at the World Championship. In some countries or regions, students are required to participate in a National Championship, and the winners of that event continue on to the World Championship.

A high schooler Ryan Catalfu from North Carolina was declared “PowerPoint 2013 champion” after recreating a “complex” deck faster than the rest of the field, while Ryan and his fellow gold medalists were awarded cash prizes of up to $7,500 by Certiport, the computer skills certification company that puts on the event. Now that’s a lot of money for having your VLookUps and Pivot Tables on point!

We won’t be surprised if a job opening put  “Having won a prize at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship” as a “preferred qualification” sometime in the near future.

P.S: This post is filed under our “Office Humour” category. We promise that’s a pun unintended.