Visualization Hackathon Sprint: A “Data Made me Donate” Design Challenge

Our February meetup will pivot away from presentations and give our community the opportunity to collaborate on data visualizations of DC Point in Time Survey data about the DC homeless population. You can learn more about this year’s PIT survey here:

Miriam’s Kitchen is working to end chronic homelessness in our nation’s capital. More than a meal, MK provides case management services and works in partnership with other community organizations to place individuals experiencing chronic homelessness in permanent supportive housing. You can learn more about their missing and work here:

Our partners at Miriam’s Kitchen will share subject matter expertise, help our community understand how to accurately represent this sensitive information, and work with DVDC leaders to curate a set of datasets for use during the event. If feasible, datasets will be released in advance of the event for those who want to get a jump start.

The event is open to those with all levels of data viz experience, including those looking to learn more about how to develop compelling, engaging visualizations. Participants can use the tech stack of their choosing, from Excel to D3 At the end of the event, participants can share their creations through our shared Git repository and Miriam’s Kitchen will use the products in their advocacy work.


6pm – Introduction to data + content from Miriam’s Kitchen

6:15-8:15pm – Design and develop visualizations (can work individually or in self-organized groups)

8:15-8:30pm – Share designs (voluntary)

Dinner and prototyping materials will be provided by Excella