Wrap-up, hacking open data: let's get digital

Posted by Cynthia Andrewson March 7, 2017

Tableau Public was founded on the belief that it should be easier to tell stories and communicate with data. That belief was the guiding principle behind our first ever hackathon.

Hacking open data: let’s get digital

Our reason for choosing open data as a theme is that, while open data contains stories that empower the general public, spark conversations and enact change, not everyone is data-literate.

In order to understand those stories, people need help. So we asked for it.

From February 17th to 23rd, people from all over the world helped do great things with data by using their visualization skills to produce accessible stories found in daunting open data sets.

Participants chose from one of five topics; agriculture, climate, education, energy and government. They then paired together in data-duos to collaboratively visualize a subset of their team topic using the data set of their choice.

The turnout for this virtual event was outstanding. A total of 124 people (62 duos) vizzed their hearts out. Their resulting visualizations ranged in topic from global meat production, to local crime rates, to energy production in America and everything in between.

Check out their phenomenal work!

Aurélien Vautier Satheesh Manikandan & Satheesh Manikandan: Temperature since 1850


Biradar Gopal & Charlie Hutcheson: Sustainable agriculture - nutrient balance


Skyler Johnson & Peter Gilks: The meat map - global meat production by country


Laura Peterson & Pablo Saenz de Tejada: Climate change is real


Numa Dhamani & Hemang Bhavasar: Climate risk


Hunter Barrett & Jacob Olsufka: Energy in America


Chloe Tseng & Brit Cava: The hidden genius project


Katie Gaut & Elena Hristozova: Literacy, A fundamental human right


Rebecca Abrahams & Sarah Bartlett: Air pollution is killing us


Kim Unger & Mike Cisneros: We must immediately take action or we may be UNDERWATER!


Mayand & Arjun: Global warming and effect of fossil fuel usage


Ann Jackson & Josh Jackson: Urban forests of NYC


Henrik Varmer & David Pires: Renewable energy


Sean Miller & Divya Bharathi: Trends in the National Assessment of Educational Progress


Adam Green & Dave Kirk: Is Africa being left on the outside?


Myrto & Neil Richards: Climate change has happened


Nicco Cirone & Ravi Mistry: ERASMUS: the adventure is out there!


Danny Ledford & Ty Mutemeri: The rise of solar and USA energy independance


Vidhu Vaibhav & Kashish Chauhan: Literacy rate analysis


Gourav Sharma & Seth Walters: Global energy output


Avinash Tripathi: Global food waste and impact


Abrar Aman & Sushmita Ajaykhosh Agriculture in india


Aishwarya Sivakumar & Shawkath Khan: A broader analysis on global education systems


Kate Esaia & Benjamin Edney: Education of Non-U.S. citizens over 25: 2015


Aaron Lum & Philip Mannering: How does social media feels about climate change?


Gina Bremer: Find your college tool


Padmaharinandan: Analysis on agricultural imports & exports


Tarannum & Alex Dixon: How safe are ivy league schools?


Lindsey Poulter & David Krupp: Visualizing our future - feeding a growing world


Andre de Vries & Valantis: It's NOT always sunny in the Netherlands


Curtis Harris: Child poverty in Utah


Pavani Donepudi: 8th vs 12th grade student enrollment


Mauricio & Kristen: How the world is educating the generation alpha (born post 2000)


Katie Gaut & Burhan: Growing obesity across the world


Jay Batra & Shiva: Mean women school years as % of men


Melissa Schuurman & Justin SJ Lee: Tuition costs rising across Canada


Aisha: Bachelor's and higher level degrees - women


Adam Green & Dave Kirk: Youth Literacy rates of the world


Emily Chen: Food security around the world


Justin S.J. Lee & Marc Soares How arctic ice is disappearing


Anoop Odedra & Michael Hottenrott: Lifelong learning in the European Union


Yana Berkovich & Ali Motion: Impact of disasters on small businesses 2005-2015


Shawn Levin & Josh Tapley: Solar data


Corey Jones: Energy efficiency scores


Amarendra & Sumeet Bedekar: Energy consumption in India


Brian Vancil & Michael Mixon: Impact of charter schools on student achievement


Adam Montague & Beso Elbakidze: Exploring Chicago city crime data


Anand Varanasi & Suraj Shah: Electricity generation in the United States


Sushant & Paul Coogan: There will be natural gas


Kelly Chatterji & Michael Sanville: Sierra Leone's water crisis


David Toro & Madhuram Yadav: Gender-based violence in Cali, Colombia


Avinash & Will Fletcher: Global refugee movement


Henry Clapp: Consumer financial complaints


Shaunak Ponkshe & Mahfooj Khan: Immunization against measles


Gary Chan & Alejandra: Australian labour force - 2015


Kathleen Warrell & Neil Lord: Is the UK really full of refugees?


Gina Bremer: Build a future without a college degree