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We recently wrote about Data2go.NYC—a massive new interactive data map with huge troves of customizable data about the city—and now, it seems, there's further incentive to while away hours with it: Measure of America, the nonprofit behind Data2Go has launched a Visualization Challenge and will be awarding a $2,000 prize to whichever individual or group most compellingly "uses the [tool] to illuminate well-being and inequality in New York's neighborhoods," per a press release last week.
The contest is in collaboration with an outside firm called Humantific, and will also award a second-place prize of $1,000, and a third-place prize of $500. "The focus can be on groups, such as elderly or Latino residents, specific issues like food security, or a geographic area such as one community district, a set of neighborhoods, a borough, or the city as a whole," Measure of America's co-director Kristen Lewis explained in the release.
"Data can be a powerful tool for addressing urban issues because it helps illuminate neighborhood strengths and challenges, confirm hypotheses, and bust myths that can lead to real change," Measure of America co-founder Sarah Burd-Sharps tells us via email. "We’re hoping the visualization challenge will inspire New Yorkers to think about some of our most pressing issues in new ways—which can also lead to new solutions to the toughest problems facing our city."
The deadline for submissions is January 18th, and if you're interested, you can create a visualization directly through the site, and submit it for the contest here. Winners will be announced on February 10th.