Datastory summer challenge 2019

Visualize humanity
— win 30.000 SEK

Are you an aspiring data journalist, designer, lllustrator, game developer or data scientist? This challenge is for you – solo or as a team!

Apply now

May 26, 2019

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In this first edition of the “Datastory Summer Challenge” we want to see your vision and bold ideas come to life. The theme is "visualizing humanity" and we encourage you to rethink the connection between data + usability and add your creativity to the mix!


Develop a concept

Use any tool of your liking to develop a sketch or prototype that combines data and design. It can be a story, app, simulation, game, video, poster, art installation or other format, as long as it is focused on visualizing one or more aspects of humanity such as our history, biology, arts, technology, economy, politics etc.

The following criteria are used to select the winner:

1. Impact

How much impact, in terms of social good, could your idea have in the digital or offline world

2. User friendliness

How user-friendly is your idea – does it meet user needs?

3. Data

How well does your idea make use of data – preferably open data – from one or multiple sources? (Can be any type of data such as statistics, images, text etc.)

4. Experience

How well does your idea combine text, interactivity, illustration and/or animation into a coherent whole


Send us your entry by
Sunday, May 26

Click the button to open the application form in a new window.

Apply now

Make the idea come to life together with the Datastory team

If you are one of the winners, you’ll be working with the Datastory team to make your idea come to life on and our other channels. You can work on the project remotely or from our office in Stockholm.

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Rules and more info

Award / grant

  • The best idea will be awarded with a grant of 30.000 SEK
  • You will also receive support to realize your idea and launch the project at and in our marketing channels
  • 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded with 2.000-3.000 SEK and the jury will also decide if these projects are eligble for additional support/grants to realize the project on
  • Your name/names will be included in the byline of the finished product
  • Desk space at our office in Stockholm can be arranged during the time you work with our team.


  • Your project must be new and original, not previously published.
  • By applying, you give Datastory permission to handle your personal data (name, phone number and email) for the purpose of the summer challenge.
  • You also give Datastory permission to build on top of your idea, in collaboration with you and other potential partners.
  • We will work together to implement the idea using the Datastory processes and design language. Collaboration will take place at our office, or remotely via skype/slack.
  • Datastory will publish the project on and in our other channels
  • The prize amount is 30.000 SEK including taxes. The amount is the same regardless of how many or few you are as a winner/winning team.
  • Datastory reserves the right to change the above terms should unexpected events happen (force majeure events etc.).

All ideas submitted will be reviewed and will get a confirmation e-mail. We wish you good fortune! If you have any questions, please email


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