GitHub’s annual data challenge is back, and we can’t wait to see what you’ll build this year, be it beautiful generative art or full blown, third-party activity dashboards. Check out the winners from 2013 and 2012 for some inspiration.
Entries are generally visualizations, prose descriptions of data analyses, or both. We love innovative entries, so an “entry” is defined somewhat loosely.
There are only three rules:
After the submission deadline on August 25th, GitHub employees will review and vote on all entries to pick the three top winners. We’ll send out notifications to those top three by mid-September.
GitHub activity data is available from several publicly-available sources. Here are a few links to get you started:
There are a few things we’re looking for when we score your entry:
The winning entry in this year’s data challenge will receive an all-expense paid trip to attend a one-day data visualization course taught by Edward Tufte, a data visualization expert and the author of some of our favorite books on visualization. We’ll cover your enrollment for the course (either December 18th or 19th in San Francisco, CA), along with travel expenses to and from San Francisco, lodging at a nearby hotel for two nights (the evening before and of the course), and your meals.
The second and third prize contestants will receive $500 and $250 cash prizes, respectively.
Finally, all winners will have their GitHub profile and their data challenge entry publicly featured on our blog!
If you have questions about the data challenge rules, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!