World Economic Forum Data Visualization Challenge

Visualize the Global Agenda

Global Agenda Councils on Design and Innovation will judge the best visualization to be showcased at the Summit on the Global Agenda 2010 in Dubai

Winner to be awarded a US$ 3,000 cash prize provided by GE

Making decisions in the 21st century means swimming through data — drinking from the proverbial fire hydrant. The World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Councils are tasked with tackling the world's thorniest issues. To do this, they must‭ navigate a flood of interconnected, complex and interdependent information that can all too often confuse and obscure rather than clarify and expose. We are asking the world's design community to help us solve the problem of information overload.

Solutions in this field are as much art as science. The Global Agenda Councils on Design and Innovation have joined‭ visualizing.org and GE to ‬call out to the world'‬s‭ ‬interactive designers to develop cutting-edge visualizations of some of the information we have gleaned from our Global Agenda Council members.

The best visualization, as judged by the Councils, will be awarded a cash prize of US$ 3,000. What'‬s more, it will be showcased at the Forum'‬s Summit on the‭ Global Agenda in Dubai at the end of November — the world'‬s largest brainstorm — and tangibly contribute to efforts to improve the state of the world.

About the Challenge

The issues on the global agenda are increasingly interconnected and require systemic thinking. This November in Dubai, the World Economic Forum will convene 700 experts from around the world and from every sector of society to help make sense of this new reality. These experts are part of 72‭ ‬ Global Agenda Councils‭ based on their area of expertise‭ (‬e.g. human rights or ocean governance‭)‬.

Using data derived from a survey of these experts, we are asking interactive designers to create a data visualization that will help elucidate the interconnectedness among issues, highlight the emerging clusters and catalyse dialogue at the Summit between the Councils.

For more detailed descriptions of the issues and information on the Network of Global Agenda Councils, please visit: www.weforum.org/documents/GAC/issues

Data

2010 GAC Interlinkage Survey

Survey Questions:
"Please select a maximum of 5 Global Agenda Councils that your Council would benefit from interacting with by order of priority."
"Please select a maximum of 3 Industry/Regional Agenda Councils that your Council would benefit from interacting with by order of priority."
"Please describe how it interlinks with your Council."

View Full Description and Download Data Here

Jury and Judging

Judged by members of The Global Agenda Councils on Design and Innovation (in progress):

Paola Antonelli, MoMA
Adam Bly, Seed
Tim Brown, IDEO
Brian Collins, COLLINS:
Beth Comstock, GE
Christopher Hacker, Johnson & Johnson
Kigge Mai Hvid, Index: Design to Improve Life
Chris Luebkeman, Arup
John Maeda, RISD
Roger Martin, University of Toronto
Toshiko Mori, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Shiro Nakamura, Nissan
Kohei Nishiyama, CUUSOO.com
Alice Rawsthorn, International Herald Tribune
Cameron Sinclair, Architecture for Humanity
Jen Martin Skibsted, Skibsted Ideation A/S

Prize

  • The winner will be announced at the Summit on the Global Agenda 2010 in Dubai, online at visualizing.org and on the Forum's website, as well as through all the Forum's social media channels
  • The winner will receive US$ 3,000 provided by GE
  • The designer's work will be showcased at the Summit on the Global Agenda 2010
  • The winner will have the opportunity to bid for future visualization work with the Forum

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