United Nation’s Human Development Report Office (HDRO) Data Visualization Competition 2015

Application Deadline: 20 March 2015, 11:59 PM GMT.

The United Nation’s Human Development Report Office (HDRO) is organizing a data visualization competition based on its own human development data.

In the context of the Cartagena DataFest, the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) is organizing a data visualization competition based on its own human development data. The objective of this competition is to allow a broad cross-section of data users and artists to share with us their interpretation of human development data.


  • 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 Colombia, and may be required to procure a travel visa.

How to Participate:

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.


  • Finalists will be announced in advance of the Cartagena Data Fest, at the beginning of April 2015 and finalists will be showcased in HDRO’s data visualization gallery.
  • The finalists will be invited to the Cartagena Data Fest April 20 to 22 in Colombia where the awards ceremonies will be held


Submit your Visualization

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Human Development Data Visualization Competition


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