Human Development Data Visualization Competition

The Human Development Data Visualization Competition is now closed and the top entries have been announced.

Please click here to view the top nine submissions.

The three finalists for the competition travelled to the Cartagena DataFest for the awards ceremony on 21 April, 2015 at 8:30 PM EST.

Please check for the announcement here.

View the awards ceremony video

What is human development?

Guidelines for entry | Datasets | FAQs

Guidelines for entry

Use the data provided below or 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 our 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.

Participants in the competition should enter their submission using the form below.


Global Human Development

Human Development in Colombia

  • Statistical Appendix from the 2011 National Human Development Report for Colombia [link | read report]

Additional resources


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

How do I give you the link to my visualization?
Please upload the visualization to a public shared drive such as Google Drive or Dropbox, or give us the link to your interactive website.

When will the winners be announced?
Finalists will be announced in advance of the Cartagena Data Fest, at the beginning of April 2015. The finalists will be invited to the Cartagena Data Fest from 20-22 April 2015, where the awards ceremonies will be held.

What type of visualization can I enter?
Both static and interactive visualizations may be submitted. For examples of both, click here Entries will be judged on a combination of originality, artistry, understanding of the data, clarity of information and usefulness to the viewer.

I still have more questions: Contact the HDRO web manager at: [email protected]

Graphic inspired by Density Design