World Data Viz Challenge 2017

The 2nd International Workshop on Data Visualization

1st Stage BARCELONA 13 - 15 Nov 2017
2st Stage KOBE 17 - 18 Feb 2018

Solving problems of your city with the power of data

Sensors covered city, people have smartphones, these devices connected to the cloud.
Data that stream flows on the network is like a mirror of the city.

We are looking for visualization and applications those solve urban problems by utilizing data on cities such as dynamic data or statistics.

Human resources development project that Kobe and Barcelona work in cooperation

Kobe City and Barcelona City are cooperating in the field of Open Government, Open Data and Smart City as a sister city.
In this Workshop, we will also have a tour of learning advanced cases at Barcelona on theses themes.

We are looking for data visualization works and applications

Apply for data visualization works and applications that are useful for solving urban problems.
Present your work in Barcelona in November and brush up the work based on feedback from mentors and other participants get there.
Make a final presentation at the Kobe Japan round to be held in February.

Present the work on the international stage

It is a great opportunity to get new ideas by having opinions with mentors and other global participants.
Participants will be recruited in Japan and Spain.
Build a network by interacting with other participants.
It will surely be useful for future activities of you.

Smart City Expo World Congress 2017

The world's largest exhibition "Smart City Expo World Congress 2017" with the theme of smart city.
Participants on this workshop can enter this exhibition.

Visualization of urban problems

Data visualization is a very effective tool when citizen think about cities. It helps to visualize state of the city, clarify the problem, and conceive solutions. Data visualization is also effective for measuring the effect of solutions.
In this way, data visualization is indispensable tool when trying to practice PDCA cycle in urban planning.

image by Eric Fischer on Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Open Data

You can use Open Data for data visualizaion.
Currently, cities around the world efforts make to open up data to allow anyone to handle it freely.
Kobe City and Barcelona City have Open Data catalog site. Other cities, countries, World Bank, European Union etc. are also providing Open Data. These open data are an excellent material for data visualizaion.

Following sites are major Open Data catalog sites. various statistics, geospatial data etc. are registered.

Round Barcelona
at BARCELONA, 13 and 15 Nov 2017


The venue is "Media TIC Incubator" Barcelona City's business incubation facility.

Poblenou district is a indsutrial heritage of Barcelona. This district has been reborn as the cluster of new industies such as IT, creative and social "22@".
And at the center of it is Media TIC Incubator, a base for IT human resource development and start-up support.

※This workshop and tour was canceled. The Kobe round will be held as scheduled

Media TIC Incubator Media TIC Incubator
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hall Media TIC Incubator
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Image of Workshop Fab Lab BCN at Poble Nou District
photo from Fab Lab BCN


13 Nov
10:00opening talk TDB
10:10Keynote speachTDB. Keynote speech by key person of Barcelona City
11:00Coffee / Tea break
11:30Presentation(group 1)
13:30Lunch break
15:30Presentation(group 2)
14 Nov
10:30Keynote speachTDB. Keynote speech by key person of Barcelona City
11:00Coffee / Tea break
11:30Presentation(group 3)

The advanced urban planning and ICT tour at Barcelona

On Wednesday 15th we will conduct an tour to learn about Barcelona Open Data and advanced cases of Smart City.
Barcelona city are challenging to utilize data and digital technology to solve social problems, improve social innovation and quality of life.
It is a great opportunity to deepen your understanding why Barcelona City boasts a worldwide high presence in the heated global urban competition.

Since 2000, Barcelona City has been promoting a large-scale smart city project with the aim to creating industries and innovation.
In 2006-2008 Barcelona City implemented the ICING project, the first initiative of urban management using sensors.

※This workshop and tour was canceled. The Kobe round will be held as scheduled

Inspection sites (Achievements in 2016)

Institut Municipal d´Informatica de Barcelona
The Municipal Institute of Information Technology (IMI) is a local independent Barcelona City Council body that was set up in 1990 to provide Barcelona City Council and the public companies under its wing with all their Information and Communication Technology Services.
IMI is aware of the importance of ICTs in today’s society. That is why the Institute is playing a crucial role in the city, not just as a technology benchmark but also as a key piece in the territorial
equilibrium and in promoting local entrepreneurship. This vision includes projects from a very diverse range of areas which ensure the ongoing improvement of municipal services and resources.
Barcelona Urban Ecology Agency
BCNecologia (the Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona) is a public consortium consisting of the City Council of Barcelona, ​​the Municipal Council and Metropolitan Area of ​​Barcelona and the Barcelona Provincial Council.
BCNecologia has done projects for various public institutions, foundations, organizations and companies, both nationally and internationally.
BCNecologia applies a systemic approach to the management of cities to encourage a more sustainable model. In order to achieve this, the agency provides sustainable solutions related to mobility, energy, waste management, water management, urban planning, biodiversity and social cohesion.
Together with their beneficiaries, BCNecologia identifies problems and their causes, makes proposals, analyzes the technical feasibility, quantifies the results and provides administrative support in managing and implementing projects.
Ateneus de Fabricacio
The Ateneus de Fabricacio programs are aimed to encouraging and promoting civic social innovation.
People live in neighbors can enjoy spaces, tools and public and open resources, work on the net and propose projects. Spaces of this project have Tools (eg. 3D printer, laser cutter, for electronic work) Neighbors can use those tools and create good things for society with their free ideas.
Els Ateneus de Fabricacio
都市生態学庁 BCNEcologia
Els Ateneus de Fabricacio Ateneus de Fabricacio photo by Ateneus de Fabricacio

Smart City Expo World Congress 2017

The world's largest exhibition "Smart City Expo World Congress 2017" with the theme of smart city. Participants on this workshop can experience this exhibition.

This tour includes participation to "Smart City Expo World Congress 2017".

Smart City Expo World Congress 2017 Els Ateneus de Fabricacio

Round Kobe
at KOBE, 17 and 18 Feb 2018

Best presentation will announcing in Round Kobe

Kobe City launched numerous projects in the urban development and ICT field such as Open Data, set data utilization courses for city hall staff, incubation for start-up etc.

Keynote speech on smart city and digital city of Kobe and Barcelona, Presentation of data visualization by participants.

The presentation will be in English or Japanese. Interpretation in Japanese and English will be planed.

Get Involved!


Design Creative Centor KIITO

hall Design Creative Centor KIITO
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Image of Workshop Design Creative Centor KIITO
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Details are currently being adjusted. It is subject to change.

17 Nov
13:00Opening talk From the organizer
13:10Keynote speachOpen Government in Kobe (TBD)
14:00Keynote speachDigital Strategy in Barcelona (TBD)
15:00PresentationIntroducing Civic Teck and corporate activities with the theme of Smart City and Digital City
16:00coffee/tea break
16:20Data Viz Competition PresentationGroup 1
18 Nov
13:00Keynote speachOpenData Strategy in Barcelona (TBD)
14:00PresentationIntroducing Civic Teck and corporate activities with the theme of Smart City and Digital City
15:00Data Viz Competition PresentationGroup2
16:20coffee/tea break
16:40Awards / Comments
17:30Closing PartyParticipation fee required
Photo by Takahiro Hayashi on Flickr

Application requirements

Below, it will be the application requirements of the presenter.

Observe participation is possible. Please contact the secretariat.

Application period

December 1 (Fri.) - January 7 (Sun.) 23:59 deadline

Eligibility for entry

We do not care for age, nationality, or gender.
Entry by group (Maximum 2 people) are also allowed.


Barcelona Round (canceled)

November 12 (Sun) gather at the local hotel

November 16 (Thursday) dissolve at the venu

Kobe Round

February 17, 2018 (Saturday) - February 18, 2018 (Sunday)

Participation fee


※Participants themselves should pay for transportation expenses for each of Barcelona and Kobe, and staying expenses.

Number of person

5 pairs (Applications with individuals or groups are allowed)*(Judges will decide with document review)

Application method

Download "application form", fill in the mandatory information, and submit it to the e-mail address (dataviz[at] by the deadline date.

manndetory information

Information about applicant

If you apply for groups, please fill in all the information of each member.

Presentation about the work

Please prepare materials describing the work to be presented at the workshop. There is no necessity to attach a work that is necessarily completed at the stage of judging. We will evaluate the concept and motivation and judge it. (It is necessary to be in a state where demonstration and presentation can be done in the production, and it is necessary to complete by the Kobe round in February.)

Selection method

Kobe City staff and experts (Civic hackers, designers, etc.) will be judge.

Selection criteria

ConceptIs the problem setting and way of thinking is excellent.40
Utilization of Open DataHow Open Data usage.20
Self PRPR your skill or social activities.10
Ability to realizeIs there skill that is necessary to complete the work.30

Notification the results

The result of the screening will be notified by e-mail.

Other application conditions


World Viz Challenge 2017