Data Visualization Competition about Human Development

Deadline: 20 March 2015
Open to: everyone, with no geographical or age restrictions
Prize: a plane ticket, three days of accommodation in Cartagena, Columbia and featuring in HDRO’s data visualization gallery


The Human Development Report Office (HDRO) of the United Nations Development Programe is organizing a data visualization competition and inviting users and artists to interpret provided human development data. Both infographics and interactive visualizations are eligible for submission. The Competition is hosted in the context of Cartagena DataFest 2015, a three day festival in Colombia focused on solving critical gaps in coverage, access and analysis of data.

Entries will be judged on a combination of originality, artistry, understanding of the data, clarity of information and usefulness to the viewer. Finalists will be announced in advance of the Cartagena Data Fest, at the beginning of April 2015. The finalists will be invited to the 2015 Cartagena DataFest from 20-22 April 2015, where the awards ceremonies will be held.

Use the indicators published on HDRO’s main data page in order to provide an original and thought provoking illustration of human development. You may address broad trends or focus on one theme or issue more specifically. Both infographics and interactive visualizations may be submitted. For examples of human development visualizations, please visit their blog.

Participants are encouraged to examine the following questions:

  1. How can the human development level of a country be best understood in one snapshot?
  2. How might we best compare the indicators and data for different countries, and their evolution over time, and what insight might that yield?
  3. How can you show the strengths of the different components that make up the indices for different countries, and how might that impact   human-development focused policy in a country?
  4. How can inequalities between countries, groups and genders be best illustrated and how might this impact the level of human development of a country?

Participants may think outside the Human Development Data box and link to other data sources as well, whether they be from other organizations or from new or big data sources; keeping in mind that one component must be one of the Global Human Development datasets. For example, questions related to human security or civic engagement may be explored.


The Human Development Data Visualization Competition is open to everyone, with no geographical or age restrictions.


The finalists will receive a plane ticket and three days of accommodation in Cartagena and they will be showcased in HDRO’s data visualization gallery. The winners will be announced on 21 April 2015.

How to apply?

Please fill out the application. There is no entry fee.

Check the official web-site.

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