Visualizing diplomacy, development & the environment

The United States Diplomacy Center and World Resources Institute are partnering to host ImpactHack, a data visualization hackathon in Washington DC. Participants will utilize resources from the world’s top authorities to tell stories of international collaboration. Topics span from human rights to energy access. Policy think tank experts and leading technology specialists will be advise and work with teams. Winners will be judged on innovation and technical achievement and storytelling of interactive prototypes.

The 24-hour challenge is open to any developers and designers over the age of 18— individuals and teams — who want to flex their coding and creative muscles and build something beautiful. ImpactHack will open Friday, September 21st at the Department of State headquarters Pavilion with project pitches, and a reception to begin socializing, formulating groups and generating ideas and testing them with topic experts. On Saturday, hackers will engage in a 10 hour creation session at World Resources Institute headquarters to design and visualize projects, utilizing WRI's 2018 launch, Resource Watch, and State Department data. Winner and prize announcements will immediately follow presentations.

All products will be open source and free for anyone to use or modify. Participant coordination will be executed through our slack channel.


Friday September 22nd The United States Diplomacy Center

5 pm - Speakers + Project pitches

6 pm - Reception, group formation, idea formulation

(Participants go home)

Saturday World Resources Institute

8 am - 12 pm Breakfast provided

9 am - 6 pm Hacking

12 pm - 3 pm Lunch provided

4 pm - Prototype submission, pre-judging begins

6 pm - Five-minute Presentations

7 pm - Judges announce winners

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18+ years, open to data scientists, software developers, hardware developers and designers of any level of experience. Ensure at least one developer on your team as you must submit a functional prototype at the end of the event.


Applicants may submit to participate July 1st-August 31st. Participation is capped at 100 members.


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Judging Criteria

  • Functionality
    Does the product function as intended? Is it robust and easy to interact with?
  • Design
    Is the product aesthetically pleasing? Does the design of the product elevate its message?
  • Innovation
    Does the product introduce a new approach or perspective, technical, analytical, or visual?
  • Quality
    Are the product and its messages analytically sound and well written?
  • Fit
    Does the product address the prompt?