On Saturday, May 30th 2015, three important organizations will joins forces in order to organize a Vizathon to bring together a variety of professionals to find better ways of using data to tell the story of Hidden Hunger (an issue affecting more than 2 billion people, according to IFPRI).
These organizations are:
- The Bread for the World Institute, an institute that educates opinion leaders, policy makers, and the public about hunger in the United States and abroad. It is also the driving force behind the 2015 Hunger Report (the website is lovely and full of useful information – you have to check it out!)
- The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), one of the 15 CGIAR Centers, that seeks sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty through research programs, partnerships and the production of high quality research that can shape policies, investments and programs, contributing to a productive, sustainable and resilient agricultural and food system.
- HelpMeViz, a site that aims to help people with everyday data visualizations through collaborative activities.
The event aims to bring coders, data scientists, researchers, and data visualizers together to help address two important data visualization challenges:
Challenge 1: Exposing Hidden Hunger
Challenge 2: How Hunger is Feeding an Obesity Pandemic
The Data required for this Vizathon will be made available when the event begins, and visualizations, conversations, and comments from both coasts (Washington DC and San Francisco) and globally will be posted to the site in real time.
Participation is open to everyone; the organizers of the event invite interested people all over the world to lend their voices and their skills to these challenges. Participants from the Washington D.C. and San Francisco sites will be able to collaborate via livestream.
More specifically, up to 50 guests are invited to to each site on Saturday, May 30, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to work on these two challenges. The Institute will provide the data for the two challenges and space for attendees to work; they will also provide breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks. The event will be blogged live on HelpMeViz so stay tuned!
If you are interested in joining the event, you can find more information about the Vizathon (including free registration options) at the Vizathon website