• World Humanitarian Summit Visualizing Challenge
  • Visualize information based on topics, trends and issues emerging from the data sets collected through the consultation process.
  • Extended deadline: September 13, 2015, 11:59 PM
  • Submit work at bitly.com/VisualizeChange.
  • The winner will be invited and sponsored to travel to the WHS Global Consultation in Geneva, Switzerland in October 2015.

Leading up to the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit convened by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, thousands of people worldwide have shared their ideas to reduce human loss and suffering from crisis. Can you help visualize these ideas? The winner will get the opportunity to present their work at the Global Consultation in Geneva, Switzerland in October 2015 and the best visualizations will be showcased at related events worldwide.

We challenge you to:

Use the consultation data collections provided in order to develop an original and thought provoking illustration of information collected through the consultation process. The consultation data sets provided are by no means final or exhaustive but a comprehensive snapshot of an ongoing and dynamic consultation process to date.

Both infographics and interactive visualizations may be submitted. For inspiration, check out the following resources:

What is the task?

Visualize information based on topics, trends and issues emerging from the data sets collected through the consultation process. Information should be represented to allow for the disaggregation of data (type, input/output to the process, issues, geographical representation, contributor information…).

Participants are encouraged to examine the following questions:

  • What topics were identified and how do they relate to each other? Qualitative data characteristics can be inferred from the raw data collection or referenced from the developed taxonomy provided.
  • What are the differences in how the topics arose across various data types (public submissions, final consultation reports, stakeholder analysis pieces, online consultation data characteristics and/or others)?
  • Are there other key elements or topics that can be defined emerging from the data collection within the predefined topics or outside of it?

Bonus: Visualization allows data points to refer back to original content from data collection

 You are encouraged (but don’t have to) to explore cross-correlations from WHS data sets to other related open or big data sources. Please keep in mind that at least one component of data sets in your work must be a World Humanitarian Summit consultation data collection.


World Humanitarian Summit Master Data Catalogue:

Please visit Resource Section here for Master Data Catalogue

External data sets:

While any public or big data set can be used that you deem suitable for the context, we particularly encourage the use of:

1) HDX Common Humanitarian Dataset
The Humanitarian Data Exchange has two categories of data – curated indicators and user-contributed datasets. We curate about 130 indicators, ensuring they are comparable across countries and have gone through a quality control process. We call this group of indicators the Common Humanitarian Dataset. We also have datasets that organizations have shared. You can explore the entire HDX Collection below by location, topic or organization.

For example:

2) Reliefweb

3) World Bank Data Catalog:

4) DevInitiatives:

The Development Data Hub is the most comprehensive source for financial resource flow data, alongside poverty, social and vulnerability indicators. Read more about the data hub.

5) Human Development Index (HDI) data

6) UN Stats Division

7) MYWorld Dataset

Submission Guidelines:

Who can participate?

  • Any individual can participate – there are no geographical or age restrictions.
  • Any institution or organization wishing to put together an entry should do so in the name of one person. Additional contributors may be added to the description of the visualization.

Please note that finalists will be subjected to normal travel regulations to Switzerland, and may be required to procure a travel visa.

Can I enter more than once?
Yes, as long as you enter before the deadline [EXTENDED] of 13 September 2015, 11:59 PM GMT.

Review Process:

Both static and interactive visualizations may be submitted. Entries will be judged on a combination of the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Artistry
  • Understanding of the data
  • Clarity of information
  • Usefulness to the viewer

When will the winners be announced?
Finalists will be announced in advance of the World Humanitarian Summit Global Consultation Conference, taking place in Geneva/Switzerland from October 14-16. The winner will be invited and sponsored to exhibit the work in Geneva in the margins of the WHS Global Consultation Conference.

For any questions regarding the challenge, please contact the #VisualizeChange team at [email protected]

Solution Terms & Conditions:

When you submit a solution to this challenge you agree to license it as follows:
> Infographics and databases are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. Read the full text of the license here: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode

> Software (e.g. dynamic visualizations) is licensed under a GNU General Public License Version 3 as published by the Free Software Foundation here: https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html

You represent and warrant that you have all necessary rights, licenses, and permissions to grant the above license and that the content submitted by you and the submission of such content, do not and will not violate any intellectual property rights (including but not limited to copyrights and trademark rights) of any third party.