30 July 2018
Launch of competition
20 August 2018
Deadline for submission of applications
1 September 2018
Annoucement of shortlisted teams
12 - 15 October 2018
Data dive camp
16 October 2018
Final ceremony in Beirut

Visualize 2030” is an initiative of the Arab Development Portal which aims to encourage the consumption of data by youth from the Arab region in support of advocacy campaigns and innovative thinking around development priorities and to advance their contribution to informed public debate in the region. The data camp brings together youth from Arab countries to enhance their technical and analytical capacity to produce visual content on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs.

The 2018 Visualize 2030


Within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the national development strategies that Arab governments have either adopted or are in the process of developing, the ADP is launching “The 2018 Visualize 2030” hackathon whereby it calls upon youth (aged 18-29) to use official statistics to visualize a data driven story addressing development challenges in the Arab region. Youth are also invited to use national official statistics to highlight the status of the data revolution in the Arab countries and how in some cases limited access to data and challenging data ecosystems affect citizens, civil society organizations, policy makers, etc.

In the 2018 Visualize 2030 edition, the final outputs will either focus on data driven stories developed based on official statistics, or highlight concerns regarding a development topic or group (women, youth, urban population, etc.) in a selected Arab country or the Arab region.

UN Member States have resolved “to end poverty and hunger everywhere; to combat inequalities within and among countries; to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies; to protect human rights and promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls; and to ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources.”

Moreover, under the same ambitious 2030 Agenda, calls for global data to inform sustainable development policymaking are unparalleled. In the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” UN Member States emphasized the importance of “quality, accessible, timely and reliable disaggregated data… to help with the measurement of progress and to ensure no one is left behind.” (Paragraph 48).

National statistical offices in the Arab region hence face an urgent need to adapt and develop in order to meet the widening, increasing and progressing needs of data users, including the full implementation of the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

In light of the above, youth are encouraged to take the below into consideration when drafting their applications:

  • In your opinion and as per the official statistics, what is the most pressing problem or challenge
  • How easy is it to access official and national statistics in your home country/ Arab region?
  • What does the “data revolution” mean for your country/Arab region and how will it affect the “status-quo”?
  • How would open data affect development in your home country or the Arab region? In what way is it empowering for you to voice your opinions, take positions and contribute to positive change?


As data revolution is a key part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and data are considered to be one of the fundamental elements of the accountability framework of the SDGs, the 2018 Visualize 2030 aims to (1) show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies and the SDGs; (2) contribute to the enhancement of data access, use and communication in a useful, meaningful and innovative way in the Arab region; and (3) bring together creative development practitioners, data analysts, statisticians, data scientists, coders, hackers, programmers, designers, etc. from the Arab region for one of a kind data adventure that stimulates public debate on expectations towards key development issues and that offers the space for brainstorming out-of-a-box solutions to pressing development challenges.

Expected Outcome

The result is a data-driven visual product that can take the form of a poster, infographics, illustrations, videos or any other visualization using the ADP Database or other official national sources.

Application and Implementation Process

Step 1 — Launch the call for applications

The ADP will launch the call for applications for 2018 Visualize 2030 via a social media campaign.

Interested applicants are expected to provide: a filled application as per the template provided by ADP, an updated professional portfolio, and samples of previous work (if available).

Step 2 — Selection of the top 30 ideas

Visualize 2030 will bring together the top 30 participants (individuals and teams) selected for a full five-day data dive adventure to collectively think and engage with one another to unleash the power of data: create visualizations, infographics, illustrations, and videos using the ADP Database and other official national sources.

The participants will be selected based on skills and innovation, taking into consideration diversity criteria.

Step 3 — Notification of shortlisted teams

The project applications will be assessed by the jury of the preselection phase. Shortlisted individuals/teams will be notified about the results within their challenge via email.

Step 4 — Data Camp in Beirut

The preselected teams will be invited to the data camp to develop their ideas.

Over four days, the individuals/teams will be granted access to an on-site training and production facility where trainers on coding, graphic design, videography, animation, statistical analysis and visualization will assist the participants in producing their final products.

Step 5 — Final ceremony in Beirut

Participants will present their final product during a ceremony that will be held in Beirut in October 2018, and that will include: pitch presentations and demonstrations of the projects by the teams (7-10 minutes each); announcement of the winners and awards ceremony.

Who can apply?

The 2018 Visualize 2030 is open to Arab youth, aged 18-29, that are data scientists, computer programmers, graphic and interface designers, data journalists, data community activists, etc., interested in creatively tackling societal challenges through data visualization.

Visualize 2030 is open to teams composed of one, two or three individuals.

Teams from the 2017 Visualize 2030 cannot participate in this year’s data camp to give the chance to new participants.

Visualize 2030 is also not open to staff working in the UN agencies country offices.

Evaluation Process

Evaluation Criteria

• Phase 1 — Preselection (10 points)

During this phase, the ADP team will assess and grade each submitted proposal/application against the preselection criteria (completeness of information, attachment of supporting documents, structure of ideas, and relevance of answers). The applications’ grade will account for 10 percent of the total grade.

Phase 2 — Working progress (10 points)

Over four days, Visualize 2030 individuals/teams will be granted access to an on-site training and production facility where trainers on graphic design, videography, animation, statistical analysis and visualization will assist the participants in producing their final products.
The trainers will assess and grade the idea’s development and the participants’ team work over 20.

Phase 3 — Final product and presentation (80 points)

The participants will present their final products during the Ceremony on the last day of the Hackathon where the evaluation committee will assess the final output and presentation of the 25 projects. Three minutes will be assigned to each project, the evaluation committee is also entitled to ask the participant/group one explanatory question.
The multidisciplinary evaluation committee will consist of five members from different fields – development and media practitioners, technology experts, entrepreneurs, researchers, and founders of successful data-driven start-ups.
At the end of the ceremony, the committee will select the top 3 winners who will be offered cash prizes.
The competing ideas will be scored over 80 based on the following criteria:
  • Richness of data: Does the content produced by teams/individuals use diverse datasets? How much effort did the team put into data analysis and data crunching? How well referenced are the data sources used?
  • Creativity: Is the visual content unique? Does it reflect creativity and an attempt to produce something new and visually appealing?
  • Quality of work: Is the visual product technically well done? Are the technical specifications respected?
  • Relevance:Is the visual content relevant to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals? Do the ideas relate to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development? Do the ideas show a concern over the country or (Arab) region priorities?
  • Impact: Is the produced visual content effective if used in advocacy campaigns?
  • Communication: How well was the idea of the project communicated through the one-minute presentation? Was the presentation short, concise and clear?
  • Marketing and dissemination of final product: What are the potential channels/platforms of dissemination of the product? To what extent will the product be exposed?

Additional Information


Ali Srour
Ali Srour
co-founder of Data Aurora, one of the leading data science innovation services firms in the Mena region. Ali regularly speaks at top tech events and gives data literacy workshops all over the world.
Ghenwa Abou Fayad
Ghenwa Abou Fayad
Visual Communicator and Illustrator, works on problem solving projects, data analysis, and incorporating solutions through accessible design by targeting the right audience for durable results.
Giorgio Bassil
Giorgio Bassil
Graphic designer and interdisciplinary artist who mainly works on installations and interactive art. His projects are focused on anthroposophy and humanism.
Kassem Shehady
Kassem Shehady
Data scientist with 8 years of experience in developing software and websites
Marc Bassil
Marc Bassil
Graphic and multimedia designer. expert in photoshop, illustrator, InDesign , Adobe XD with experience in UI/UX Design too.
Mazen El Hachem
Mazen El Hachem
Cinematographer, Filmmaker, & Editor. Mazen has been a cameraman/editor for 20 years and have filmed in more than 15 countries around the world.
Mohamad Jaber
Mohamad Jaber
Full stack web developer, graphic designer with over ten years of professional experience in his field.
Mohamad Shoukor
Mohamad Shoukor
Animator, Mohamad is an expert in Adobe After Affects and Adobe Premiere
Marc Bassil
Mario Abou Monsef
Videographer, cinematographer and photographer. Mario has more than 10 years experience in the multimedia field in Lebanon and the Middle East.


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Ceremony Day

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The Visualize 2030 Ambassadors
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Mohammed Ammar Mudhafar
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Rana Hisham Fahmy
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Alaa Hamwi
Jihad El Shebeni
Jihad El Shebeni
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Menidjel Oussama