Georgetown Co-Sponsors COVID-19 Data Visualization Challenge


A robust response to the COVID-19 pandemic requires data and keen analysis. Play a role in the response by creating a COVID-19-focused data visualization and sharing with the global health and data visualization communities. Everyone can participate in this Challenge (new window), with separate tracks for students and professionals. Submissions from each track are judged separately and prizes awarded for each track.

The Pandemic Data Room (new window) is a comprehensive global COVID-19 data repository created by a consortium of partners and led by QED Group to improve understanding of the impact of physical distancing policies on social behavior, disease rates, hospital utilization, and local/national economies. This initiative strives to generate insights that could lead to a better understanding of impact of physical distancing and the outbreak. We aim to bring amazing talent to work on the data and generate insights that can benefit the global community’s work to understand and control the spread of this pandemic.

  • First Prize $2,000
  • Second Prize $1,500
  • Third Prize $1,000
  • Honorable Mentions $100

Who can participate?

This event is open to everyone. There is a student track and a professional track and submissions from each track will be judged separately.

What’s required?

A computer or laptop with your favorite tools installed. You can use whatever tools you like! (Excel, Adobe, Python, R, JavaScript, Tableau, Plotly, etc.)

Why should I participate?

In addition to the chance to earn prizes you’ll be able to develop a visualization or analysis tool that showcases a fresh perspective on data, opens up new feedback loops, informs policy, and improves program implementation for the public good!


The Challenge will open April 13th with submissions due May 3rd. Winners will be announced May 12th.


All work will be done remotely. Data will be made available in Pandemic Data Room beginning April 13th.

Full Rules

To see the full Challenge rules click here (new window).

Our team of Data Cleaning Specialists, made up entirely of Georgetown graduate students and led by Data Science & Analytics faculty member Dr. Purna Gamage (new window).