Data Visualization Contest
Update: The Challenge has Ended. See the winners here.
Every day, thousands of teens face family conflicts, bullying, and abuse, leading teens to depression, self-harm or even thoughts of suicide. For the first time, data on the volume, velocity and variety of teen crisis is available. This could lead to smarter research, policies, and community efforts to prevent these crises from happening.
We need your help. Using data from Crisis Text Line, the largest text-messaging service for teens in crisis, create a prototype or data visualization that will make it easier for U.S. citizens, academic researchers and policy makers to understand the crises American teens face.
Our jury will be awarding $2,000, including $1,000 for the top submission. Winning entries will be featured on this website and may be used in CTL’s public data visualizations over the next several years.
Early Deadline: April 27, 2014 by midnight EST
Final Deadline: May 2, 2014 by 5pm EST
How to enter
- Register below and receive important updates via email.
- Download the dataset. (see “Get the Data” section below)
- Send your final Application to firstname.lastname@example.org
The individual or team with the highest overall score will receive a cash award of $1,000.
The individual or team with the second-highest overall score will receive a cash award of $500.
Three individuals or teams that submit no later than 11:59pm EST on April 27, 2014, will be selected to receive feedback after the end of the contest from the professional panel of judges. One individual or team will also be selected to receive a cash award of $500.
All participants will have an opportunity to present their work to CTL and a panel of judges, all of whom bring deep expertise from technology, healthcare, and business. Participants’ work may be displayed on the CTL website and partner organizations.
The Contest is open to individuals and teams whose members are at least 18 years old.
A range of media will be accepted: graphic images, sketches, video, or interactive web apps. All submissions meeting a minimum standard of quality will be displayed on this site. Interactive projects must be hosted by their creators, although finalists will also be hosted on this site if possible.
Any team should appoint one individual (the “Participant”) to act on behalf of the team. Any Participant may submit multiple times, both as a member of a team and as an individual, and may submit both before and after the Early Deadline.
Participants must submit all information below (collectively, the “Application”):
- the name of the Application.
- a text description of the Application and its features, not to exceed 100 words.
- one or more still, high-res images (screenshot) or a video that represent one or more data visualizations that leverage Crisis Text Line’s dataset. See more details below in the section, “Example Visualizations”
- Participant name(s).
- a list of data sets (if the original data set was modified) and/or APIs used in the Application.
- OPTIONAL: a website URL where the Application can be accessed.
All parts of an Application must be submitted at the same time to email@example.com. All Applications must be received by no later than 5:00pm EST on May 2, 2014.
|Adam Nash||David Hornik||Deep Nishar|
|President & CEO, Wealthfront||Investor, August Capital||SVP, Products & User Experience, LinkedIn|
|Gina Bianchini||Mark Linsey|
|Founder & CEO, Mightybell||VP Engineering, Homejoy|
- Ease of Use (20 Points)
- How intuitive is the visualization(s)? Would viewers find the visualization(s) easy to use and understand?
- Design (20 Points)
- Does the design reflect the CTL aesthetic? Is it clear and simple? Do important insights rise to the surface?
- Benefit for Users (20 Points)
- Would an academic, policy maker, or community member use these visualizations? What would users gain from their experience using the visualizations?
- Creativity and Innovation (20 Points)
- Is this a new idea on how to display data? How innovative is the concept?
- Overall Quality (20 Points)
- Does it address any of the challenges or wishlist areas CTL had noted? Are the visualizations practical and useful?
Get the Data
The dataset provided is a sample of the data set CTL will display publicly. This sample contains 16,517 rows of data across 25 variables, which fall into three simple categories: (1) location (area code, state), (2) date / time, and (3) issues raised (e.g., bullying, depression). Specific variables include:
- Conversation ID: unique identifying number for the conversation.
- Time of Conversation Start: timestamp, including calendar date and time of day, to the minute (EST).
- Area Code: area code of the texter’s phone number. This is used as a proxy for location.
- State: location of the texter’s area code, by state.
- Population: population of the state. may be useful for calculations of relative issue prevalence.
- Main Issue: the main crisis issue that the texter raised in the conversation.
- All Issues Raised: all of the crisis issues that the texter raised in the conversation, which may include:
abuse physical or mental abuse by family member or sexual partner. anxiety experience of anxiety about anything, including school or relationships. bereavement loss of a family member, loved one, etc. bully experience of any type(s) of bullying, including physical, mental, verbal, or cyber. depressed experience of sadness or depression. eating difficulties with food, including trouble eating or disorders like anorexia or bulemia. family difficulties involving family, including divorce or parental abuse. friend difficulties involving friends, including losing a friend or having a fight with a friend. isolated feelings of isolation or loneliness. lgbtq difficulties related to sexual orientation, from coming out as gay to being bullied. medical medical troubles or health concerns. relationship experiences around romantic relationships / dating. school experiences related to school. self_harm experiences or thoughts of self-harm, including cutting or mutilation. sexual_abuse experiences of sexual abuse. stress experiences of stress. substance experiences around use of substances, including alcohol and drugs. suicidal_ideation thoughts about suicide, or dying. 3rd_party the texter is texting on behalf of someone else. other the issue raised was something other than those listed above.
CTL wants to find creative and useful ways to display the issues teens face, comparing issues over time and by region. Ultimately, these will be interactive, public visualizations updated regularly with the latest data. Yours don’t need to be, but that’s where we’re headed. You may choose to submit more than one image for each type of data you visualize, in order to show functionality.
In particular, CTL is looking for innovative content, such as:
- Creative ways of showing volume of conversations for an issue varies over time and/or by location (see Google Trends as an inspiration)
- Creative ways of comparing issues, to look for differences by time or location (see the National Honesty Index)
- Combining CTL’s data with other datasets (Fusion Tables is a great tool)
Your designs can be made in a data visualization program like Excel or Tableau, design programs like Photoshop, or even hand-drawn sketches.
Check out these example visualizations of the CTL data. Use these as a baseline, or take things in your own direction. We love creativity!
Ideas for Visualizations
- Volume Over Time. Compare volume over time by issue.
- Regional Volume. Compare issue volume by state, area code or metro area.
- Related Issues. list showing top 10 related issues
- Top 10 List: e.g., show top issues for a given region, or top regions for an issue.
- Top vs. Rising: what issues are most common recently, vs. all-time?
Questions? Email Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org