Search & Rescue Initiative


You can make a big difference

Help us find publically available spreadsheets that contain errors and fix them. Every month we'll award $1000 USD for the result with the greatest impact.
Contest Status: [OPEN]. Deadline for entries is July 31, 2019.

Can better spreadsheets make the world a better place? We think so. It's been reported that as many as 88% of all spreadsheets contain errors. The consequences are severe and we need your help to change that.

Spreadsheets are commonly published online by public and private companies, individuals and governments to be viewed by the public. And, just like all spreadsheets - they often contain errors. Just how bad is the problem? Check out these articles on and


  • $1000 USD sent to your paypal account.
  • Get interviewed by us and featured on our Facebook page and our new Youtube channel.
  • Major positive Karma for making the world a better place!


Start by using Google to search for xls and xlsx file types to quickly narrow down your search. Make sure you tell Google not to omit results by clicking the link "repeat the search with the omitted results included", or include &filter=0 in the address bar of the search as a parameter.

These examples search for xls file times that were indexed between Jan 1, 2016 and Jan 1, 2020. filetype:xls daterange:2457388.5-2458849.5 filetype:xls daterange:2457388.5-2458849.5

Any publically accessible spreadsheet, hosted by the author, is eligible.

Once you've found the error and fixed it, submit your contest entry in the form below. Make sure to Like or Follow us on Facebook - which is where we'll announce and feature winning entries.

Contest Rules

  • The spreadsheet must be publically accessible over the internet and hosted by the author. A link pointing to a copy of the spreadsheet on the owners website must be provided. No private spreadsheet solutions will be accepted.
  • The issue must not have been previously reported.
  • The spreadsheet should still be in use and created within the last few years.
  • You grant Excel Rescue the right to post, reproduce and discuss publically any information you submit to us verbally or in writting.
  • The decision will be made by a panel of judges and be based on the fix most likely to have the biggest positive impact! A single winner will be selected monthly and awarded $1000 USD, sent to them via paypal.

Contest Entry Form

Submit your contest entry below.
* Please fully describe the problem in as much detail as possible.
* Please fully describe your solution in as much detail as possible.
By continuing, you agree to the above contest rules.