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Hackathon Winners - Visualizing Venezuelan Migration Issues in Colombia

April 13, 2020 

LASER PULSE, in collaboration with QED, Data Elevates, Tableau, and the USAID Mission in Colombia, is pleased to announce the winners of our data visualization hackathon.  The past few months have shown us the added importance of data analysis and data visualization in international development, and we want to thank everyone who participated in this event; the feedback from the judges was very positive in terms of their overall impression of the submissions, particularly the top finalists and the winning 3 teams. 

1st Place
The winning team is "Why Women Code" from the University of Notre Dame, with an outstanding data visualization entitled "A Staggering Exodus into Colombia" -- congratulations to team members Yun Yan, Yunqi He, Weiyi Zhao, and Zhijing Zhao !!!

2nd Place 
In second place is "Grupo Migración y Salud de la Universidad del Norte" with a data visualization entitled "La Migración Me Quedo o Me Voy?" -- congratulations to Melissa Aguirre and Laura Bonilla !!!

3rd Place
The third place team is "Scope Consulting" from Purdue University, with a data visualization entitled "Eder and the Venezuelan Migration Crisis" -- congratulations to Alexandre Vives and Jose Berrizbeitia !!!

Due to the corona virus situation disrupting university functions, we are unfortunately unable to present the awards at a live event as originally planned at Purdue (with simulcast in Colombia).  Therefore we will make other arrangements to mail the awards to the winners, or deliver in person if possible; we apologize for this unceremonious alternative, but we have no choice to do otherwise.

Thanks again to all who participated in the event; please be sure to regularly visit the LASER PULSE and CGDV websites to check for upcoming hackathons.  CGDV regularly conducts hackathons, and LASER PULSE will do so again in conjunction with future initiatives targeting different international development themes in USAID-operating countries. 




Hackathon - Visualizing Venezuelan Migration Issues in Colombia

February 13, 2020 

LASER PULSE in collaboration with Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, QED, The Center for Global Data Visualization (CGDV), Data Elevates, Tableau, and USAID-Colombia invite you to participate in a data visualization hackathon. This event will bring together teams of participants from Colombia and Indiana to demonstrate the power of open data for benefiting public knowledge and policy. Teams will assess, analyze and visualize data and present to an audience to communicate a recommendation, story, or new idea through data visualization. This allows for better decision-making and more varied solutions to problems that span a wide range of global development challenges, such as the Venezuelan Migration Issue facing Colombia.

This event is open to undergraduates and graduate students at the University of Notre Dame and Purdue University, as well as Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Universidad de Antioquia, and Universidad del Norte. Contestants will compete as teams of 2-4 students, with a maximum of 1 non-student member on each team.

Registration will close on Feb. 27.

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