Datathon:
Making government spending visible to the public

 

Launching 23 April 2018

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Are you experienced working with DATA? Are you interested in using your skills to help Chile to become a more transparent country? Join our Datathon to turn Chilean public spending datasets into engaging visuals and stories. We believe that transparency must be understandable and useful to citizens.

Who Should Join

We’re inviting designers, data scientists (including data analysts, data scientists, statisticians), data journalists and economists who can create data visualisations that deliver insightful stories about government budget and spending. This is an online hackathon where you will create and submit static or interactive visuals with a chance to win prizes.

Designers

You have experience  turning data into engaging infographics or interactive visualisations to help people understand the message clearly and aesthetically.

Data Scientists

You wrangle with data and understand what the data have to say using data analysis or visualization tools, such as R, Python, D3, Raw, Processing and Superset.

Data Journalists

You turn data into narratives, so that others can understand, share and remember the data in a better way.

Economists

You are familiar with socio-economics datasets and using econometric methods and structural modeling for data analysis.

Prizes

Prizes will be awared to the top three submissions. Further details will be announced on launch day. The first place winning project will be published by the World Bank, National Congress Chile, Observatorio del Gasto Fiscal and Data Campfire.

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Worth of Prizes will be Won!

Including cash, software and other great perks

Background

The Ministry of Finance Chile and the National Congress Chile signed a protocol of agreement on measures to improve information on public finances. One of the commitments is to facilitate citizens’ access to information in a more understandable, timely and detailed manner, therefore citizens are clearly informed about the use of fiscal resources. Under this agenda, the government spending datasets were released by Ministry of Finance in November 2017, and further prepared by Observatorio del Gasto Fiscal.

We think there needs to be one more step to be done. It is to turn the data into something that’s more understandable and meaningful. Through this Datathon, we are calling people with skills (just like you) to transform this data into engaging stories and visuals. Therefore, citizens become aware of how the government manages public finances and what it means to them, and for government authorities to improve the way they plan and manage their spending.

Key Dates

Datasets will be released on 23rd of April 09:00
Registration opens on 23rd of April 09:00
Submission deadline on 3rd of June 23:59
Winner announcement on 8th of June 12:00
(all dates and time are based on Santiago Chile time)

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Online

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Who’s Behind This Datathon

This Datathon is part of the initiatives of Anti-corruption day, 9th April, organized by National Congress Chile, Observatorio del Gasto Fiscal, Ministry of Finances Chile, funded by World Bank.

Sponsored by

Observatorio del Gasto Fiscal is a non-profit organization focuses on transparency and accountability of public expenditure, by generating easy-to-understand information based on the needs of the people

Data Campfire is a startup that designs data experiences. Their vision is to empower people to tell better stories using data. They do this by designing and delivering Training Workshops for organizations and the public; offering bespoke data visualization solutions for organizations; and running Insight Events (hackathons) for organizations that want greater engagement in data.

Please contact us for any inquiries through [email protected]