Data Visualization Contest 2015 – Visualizing Well-being

Data Viz Competition

Win a trip to Mexico!

As part of the Web-COSI project, Wikiprogress is running an infographic and data visualisation contest, with the prize of a paid trip to Guadalajara, Mexico to attend the 5th OECD World Forum on the 13-15 October 2015 for the top 3 winning entries. The winners will be awarded with a certificate of recognition during a special session of the Forum. The competition is open to all individuals, both amateurs and professionals. We especially would like to encourage the participation of young people and one of the prizes will be reserved for entries from under 26-year olds.

Deadline for Submissions: 24 August, 2015

The Challenge

The aim of the contest is to encourage participants to use well-being measurement in innovative ways to a) show how data on well-being give a more meaningful picture of the progress of societies than more traditional growth-oriented approaches, and b) to use their creativity to communicate key ideas about well-being to a broad audience. See below for more information to help you enter the contest.

Contest entrants are asked to create an infographic or data visualisation that addresses one or more of the following questions:

  • How do well-being levels vary between countries, or within countries?
  • How do well-being levels vary for different population groups (e.g. for young people, the elderly, by gender, etc.)?
  • Why is it important to look beyond purely economic indicators (such as GDP) for a better picture of people’s current or future well-being?
  • How can the multi-dimensionality of well-being be effectively communicated to the general public?

Entries will be welcomed in two categories:

  1. Interactive visualisations
  2. Static infographics and visualisations

Entrants are free to use any publicly available data (either official or non-official statistics) to create their entry. Entrants can choose their own definition of well-being and select their data accordingly from publicly available data sources. They are also free to use existing well-being indices and dashboards for inspiration, as long as they use the existing data to create their own original visualisation.

The competition is open to all individuals, both amateurs and professionals. In order to be eligible for the prize reserved for under 26-year olds, you must be aged under 26 during the period of this competition (15 June– 24 August 2015). Proof of identity and age will be required.

For more information about well-being and its measurement, see FAQs. For inspiration and resources see Tools, resources and data.

The Prize

Three winning entries will be selected, with at least one of the entries reserved for entries from under-26 year olds. Winners will be informed by 8 September 2015 at the latest.

The three prize-winners will receive a paid trip to Guadalajara in Mexico to attend the 5th OECD World Forum on the 13-15 October 2015. Economy travel and a per diem to cover accommodation and other costs will be provided for up to 7 days. The winners will be awarded with a certificate of recognition during a special session of the Forum, and will also be invited to the cultural events and dinners surrounding the Forum.

About Guadalajara
Guadalajara, the capitol city of the state of Jalisco, is also the second largest metropolitan area in Mexico. In terms of population, urban area, and GDP, Guadalajara is the 10th largest city in Latin America. Guadalajara, however, is not just a large city. It is known for being a cultural centre of Mexico. Many consider Guadalajara to be the home of mariachi music and it also hosts many large-scale cultural events such as book fairs and film festivals throughout the year. The historic downtown of Guadalajara is also a place to visit as the oldest buildings in the city can be found there. Are you more of the adventurous type? There are plenty of fun activities to do in the state of Jalisco. The resort town of Puerto Vallarta is also in the state of Jalisco if you are looking to spend some of your time at the beach. If shopping is your priority, then you are in luck! Guadalajara boasts the largest open market in the western hemisphere within in the city.

Find out more about Jalisco:
Find out more about Mexico:

Submitting your entry

Competition submissions can be in the form of an infographic / static data visualization or interactive visualization.

All entries

  • Your entry must be in English.
  • It must be an original creation and be your own work.
  • Data sources and other references must be clearly cited.
  • You must have the rights to use any copyrighted materials such as photography included in your entry. Any creative commons licensed material must appear with the appropriate attribution.

Specific information for interactive/animated visualizations

Hosting of animated or interactive entries will need to be arranged by participants, these entries cannot be hosted directly on These will then either be embedded on, or will link to your hosted entry.

Please take into account that the size of the embedded entries might vary from the original size, therefore it is recommended (but not required) that the entries have a web responsive design to maintain the original aspect of the elements.

Specific information for static infographics and visualizations

Static infographics and visualizations will need to be constructed paying careful attention to legibility, particularly in print, as the entries may be printed and displayed at the 5th OECD World Forum in Guadalajara.
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To submit your entry

To submit your entry to the competition, please send it as an attached file or link in an email to In the subject line of the email please specify your name as follows:


Also include your name in the name of the file or url of your entry.
In the body of the email, please let us know the following information:

  • A short title for your entry
  • A description of your entry explaining:
    • The concept you are aiming to show.
    • The reasoning behind your design (i.e. why did you choose a particular format or approach)
    • An explanation of how you transformed the data for the visualization
    • Any relevant related works that inspired you
    • A full list of data sources and other references
  • Whether you will be under 26 years old on the 24 August 2015 and eligible for the prize for under 26 year-olds. Proof of age and identity will be requested from the selected winner(s).

You may submit up to three entries.

Submissions will be received from 17 June 2015 to 24 August 2015.

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