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 advise and work with teams. Winners will be judged on innovation and technical achievement and storytelling of interactive prototypes.
The 24-hour challenge, sponsored by Amazon Web Services, 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.
For a detailed schedule download Participant Orientation Below.
Friday September 21st
4:30 pm - Doors Open, Food
5 pm - Speakers + Project pitches
6 pm - Reception, group formation, idea formulation
(Participants go home. Participants may begin working on projects on their own but should not expect responses from mentors until 8 am Saturday.)
Saturday September 22nd World Resources Institute
10 G St NE Washington DC 20002
8 am Breakfast
9 am Kickoff & AWS Technologies Deep Dive (optional)
9 am - 6 pm Hacking
12 pm - 3 pm Lunch provided
4 pm - Prototype submission, pre-judging begins
6 pm - Three-minute Presentations
7 pm - Judges announce winners
World Resources Institute (Saturday)
Interactive Globe Prompt
https://wri-public-data.s3.amazonaws.com/ImpactHack/Gamify State-by-State Diplomacy Map.zip
Embassies Over Time Prompt
Paris Agreement Prompt
Energy Investment and Risk Prompt
$3,000 in prizes
Special Category: Most Likely to Be Published
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
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. Maximum four people per team.
Applicants may submit to participate July 1st-September 14th. Further confirmation will be emailed to participants one week before the hackathon. A response will be required to ensure an accurate count of participants.
How to enter
Submissions will be executed through the DevPost.
World Resources Institute
Amazon Web Services
Does the product function as intended? Is it robust and easy to interact with?
Is the product aesthetically pleasing? Does the design of the product elevate its message?
Does the product introduce a new approach or perspective, technical, analytical, or visual?
Are the product and its messages analytically sound and well written?
Does the product address the prompt?