Celebrating the Outcomes of the Cartagena Data Festival

With over 400 registered participants, 3 days filled with events and presentations and countless stimulating conversations, the Cartagena Data Festival was an extraordinary experience and in our opinion, a great success. The festival was livestreamed for people following from home, and interacted with the Twitter community's questions and comments. Simultaneous translation was available for non-English speaking attendees.

Questions were taken from a social media feed during plenary sessions

Emmanuel Letouzé speaks in one of the plenary sessions

Here are some resources to catch up on what took place:

  • Recordings of Plenary Sessions
  • Video interviews with participants
  • Jorge Martin's incredible graphic scribing done in real time at the event.

To zoom in on the details of the graphic recording, click here.

The Human Development Report Office organized a Data Visualization Competition especially for the event, which received 80 submissions from 29 countries.

The winning visualization is The Human Development Tree by Jurjen Verhagen, an engineer and interactive visualization specialist from the Netherlands. Verhagen and the other two finalist entries, Close the Gap by Ri Liu and Visualizing the 2013 Human Development Index by InKyung Choi and her team, were invited to the festival to receive their awards from the Mayor of Cartagena and the Deputy Director of HDRO, in front of hundreds of data artists and scientists from around the world.

Congratulations to the winners of the Cartoon Movement competition!

We are pleased to announce the 4 winning cartoons, selected by voters at the Cartagena Data Festival and on the Cartoon Movement website. Thank you to all who participated and voted!

Please click on these winning cartoons to Tweet about them:

Reality through the iPod screen

We are more and more used to ignoring empirical reality to enclose ourselves in the digital version.

By Miguel Villalba Sánchez (Elchicotriste) (Spain)


Tweets... freedom of expression

By E L E N A . ospina (Colombia)

The Evolution

Data and Development

By Fadi Abou Hassan (Norway)

Data and local cultures

A cartoon about the local cultures, the poverty and new technologies

By Ares (Cuba)

The Cartoon Movement is a global collaborative platform for editorial cartoons and comics journalism that publishes new content at least four times a week. In the lead-up to the Cartagena Data Festival, the Cartoon Movement set up a newsroom calling for submissions of artwork relating to data and development. A showcase of 19 cartoons from this competition were displayed throughout the festival and participants were asked to vote by Tweeting their favourite cartoon. The showcased cartoons were selected for their relevance to the festival's goals—to stir discussions and connections in the data (open data, big data, official statistics) and development community, to lay out the opportunities and challenges, risks and requirements, of leveraging the new data ecosystem to foster human development—and votes were collected in the Cartoon Movement newsroom and through Tweets sent by festival participants. Please feel free to Tweet about the winning entries (above)!

Photo credits: © Oficina de Prensa Departamento Estadístico Nacional de Estadística (DANE)


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