Civic Data Challenge

The Challenge turns the raw data of “civic health" into beautiful, useful applications and visualizations that enable communities to be better understood and thrive


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About the project Edit

Challenge participants will be provided civic health and community attachment data, as well as data on health, safety, education and the economy. Participants will analyze the data, identify connections and correlations, and create visual representations and interactive products to showcase their findings. These may include infographics, apps, animations, videos or other products.

Judges will evaluate entries based on the quality of the analysis and design, the compelling nature of the finding, and the utility of the product. All entries must be received by July 29th. Winners will be announced at the 67th Annual National Conference on Citizenship on September 14 in Philadelphia.

The Challenge is presented by the NCoC (National Conference on Citizenship) in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. NCoC and Knight Foundation hope the Challenge will uncover new findings on why community engagement and attachment are critical to building thriving communities.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Civic health data has been collected for years and we now have an opportunity to make this trove of community insight more valuable and accessible to decisionmakers and the public. Designers, data scientists, researchers and app developers are especially encouraged to join and lend their expertise to the field of civic engagement.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The Civic Data Challenge will bring new eyes, new minds, new findings and new skillsets to the field of civic health. The products that come out of this Challenge will enable communities to be better understood and thrive.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

The Civic Data Challenge aims to bring people from a broad range of fields together to work towards a common goal - improving our America's civic health.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

The need to bring new eyes, new minds, new findings and new skillsets to the field of civic health.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

Crowdsourcing through an online competition.

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Presented by the National Conference on Citizenship and the Knight Foundation in partnership with Kaggle, GOOD, The Case Foundation, and Code for America.