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A Challenge to Change Health


VizRisk is the first government prize competition that seeks to use visualizations of behavioral health data to inform personal and policy decisions.

Visualize. Create. Inform. Win.

July 28 - Oct 28, 2014 / Sign up today

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A Challenge to Change Health


VizRisk is the first government prize competition that seeks to use visualizations of behavioral health data to inform personal and policy decisions.

Visualize. Create. Inform. Win.

July 28 - Oct 28, 2014 / Sign up today

 

We are currently recruiting mentors to assist with project development!

Learn more.

Play with health data, develop novel visualizations, and win $15K in prizes.

Envision information for impact.

 

 

(1) Sign up

(2) Check out the datasets and choose at least 2 (e.g. FDA + BRFSS) for your visualization project.

7 sets of data and project suggestions are provided. All participants are welcome to work on their own project, or take advantage of provided suggestions and current health reports

(3) Reach out to mentors for expert advice.

We have provided a list of mentors who are excited to help answer your questions on technology, statistics, public health, policy, and medicine. Also, check out Visualizing Health to gather ideas and view modules. 

(4) Submit completed projects by 12am, October 28th, 2014. 

Win $15,000 in prizes (eligibility and criteria)

**Click here to access a version of this website that is compatible with assistive technologies. 


Use the Discussion Forum to pose questions to participants, form teams, brainstorm project ideas, and more! 


Schedule


HHS Vizrisk will have a three month open submission period, beginning on July 28th at 9am with the release of detailed project suggestions. Final project submissions are due October 28th at 12am HERE. Awards are scheduled to be announced on November 24th. Important dates are listed below. 

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Schedule


HHS Vizrisk will have a three month open submission period, beginning on July 28th at 9am with the release of detailed project suggestions. Final project submissions are due October 28th at 12am HERE. Awards are scheduled to be announced on November 24th. Important dates are listed below. 

  • July 28th, 9am: Official start of HHS VisRisk

  • Oct 26th, 12am: Last chance to schedule appointments with listed HHS VizRisk mentors 

  • Oct 28th, 11:30pm: Deadline for entering project submissions HERE

  • November 15th: Awards announced via email, winners must submit materials for verification of eligibility

  • November 30th: Final winners announced via email and on this website. 



Submission and Evaluation


All submissions must be entered at the link below and must include four parts: 

1) Link to a 2-minute YouTube video pitch explaining the context, goal of project, and process of developing the visualization/application. Videos exceeding 2 minutes will only be evaluated for the first 120 seconds.

2) Demo of submission that is accessible via web, powerpoint, or pdf.

3) 250-word explanation of the project. 

4) List of all datasets used in the project development.

Winners will be notified by November 24, 2014, and will be required to submit a detailed process report on the development of the demo prior to receiving the cash prize. 

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Submission and Evaluation


All submissions must be entered at the link below and must include four parts: 

1) Link to a 2-minute YouTube video pitch explaining the context, goal of project, and process of developing the visualization/application. Videos exceeding 2 minutes will only be evaluated for the first 120 seconds.

2) Demo of submission that is accessible via web, powerpoint, or pdf.

3) 250-word explanation of the project. 

4) List of all datasets used in the project development.

Winners will be notified by November 24, 2014, and will be required to submit a detailed process report on the development of the demo prior to receiving the cash prize. 

Eligibility and Requirements

o   At least one member of the team must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. Teamwork isn't necessary, but is allowed.

o   Submissions by 10/28/2014  - All projects must be submitted no later than 12am on October 28th. Submissions must consist of two parts: 1) a link/screenshot/pdf of the project itself, 2) a 2-minute video of the team explaining the thought process behind, significance of, and context for the project.

o   Inclusion of BRFSS Data - must incorporate or include analysis of BRFSS dataset in some way

o   Method must be reproducible – visualizing process/software can be used easily to analyze/display other sets of data

o   Software must be accessible - judges must be able to view the final product on a website, pdf, or another easily available tool for final evaluation. The tool must be designed for use with existing web, mobile web, electronic health record, or other platform (iOS, Android, etc.). 

**Note on Section 508 Evaluation Product Regulations Compliance

Evaluation criteria

*Note that projects based on suggested directions and de novo projects will be weighted equally. 

o   25% Innovation – novel combination, integration, and application of data

o   25% Design – visually appealing, elegant, intuitive interface and visualizations

o   25% Relevance – to better guide health decisions, relationships are comparable across time, geographies, and populations 

o   25% Scientific Excellence – rigorously measured relationships that adhere to the principles of scientific inquiry. Remember that correlation does not necessitate causation.


A panel of experts will judge all submissions and recommend seven winners for the seven prizes. An official from the US Department of Health and Human Services will make final decisions and grant awards. 


Prizes


Prizes are awarded based on the judging criteria

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Prizes


Prizes are awarded based on the judging criteria

 o   Awarded to best overall projects based on the four criteria established

Grand Prize – $6,000

Second Prize - $3,000

Third Prize - $2,000

o   Awarded to projects with excellence in one of each of the following areas

Relevance Award - $1,000

Design Award - $1,000

Innovation Award - $1,000

Scientific Excellence Award - $1000



Judging Advisors


Current list of judges - will be updated as judges are confirmed

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Judging Advisors


Current list of judges - will be updated as judges are confirmed

Brian J. Zikmund-Fisher

Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Eric Newburger

Assistant to the Associate Director of Communications, U.S. Census Bureau

Greg Downing

Executive Director for Innovation, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

SunnieSouthern

Sunnie Southern

Founder and CEO, Viable Synergy, LLC; Creator, Inno8 for Health

Edward L. Hunter

Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Washington                                

Marie Diener-West

Marie Diener-West

Professor of Biostatistics Education, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health