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.
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 !!!
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 !!!
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.