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Win $15K in prizes by submitting health risk data visualizatons that inform personal and policy decisions

Department of Health and Human Services - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Total Cash Prizes Offered: $15,000
Type of Challenge: Software and apps
Partner Agencies | Non-federal: Idea Lab, HHS Competes
Submission End: 10/28/2014 11:59 PM ET


VizRisk is a visualization challenge hosted by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to foster increased utilization, innovation, and analyses of government data to help inform personal and health policy decisions through critical analyses and applications of the data.

This 3-month challenge, July 28th to October, 28th 2014 will call on talented designers, coders, government officials, healthcare providers, and experts from around the country to analyze, organize, and visualize behavioral health risk data from CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data. Participants will be challenged to combine this data with other publicly available government data sets to provide key insights and show compelling relationships.

All submissions will be evaluated on the four criteria of innovation, relevance, scientific excellence, and design. For more information, please visit:


Winners announced - See link for details


Grand Prize
Cash Prize Amount: $6000
Awarded to best overall project based on the four criteria established

Second Place
Cash Prize Amount: $3000
Awarded to second-best overall project based on the four criteria established

Third Place
Cash Prize Amount: $2000
Awarded to third-best overall project based on the four criteria established

Innovation Award
Cash Prize Amount: $1000
Excellence in novel combination, integration, and application of data

Design Award
Cash Prize Amount: $1000
Awarded for a visualization that is especially visually appealing, elegant, and intuitive

Relevance Award
Cash Prize Amount: $1000
Shows potential to guide health decisions, visualizes relationships are comparable across time, geographies, and populations

Scientific Excellence Award
Cash Prize Amount: $1000
Shows exceptional rigor in measured relationships that adhere to the principles of scientific inquiry.


To be eligible to win a prize under this challenge, an individual or entity—
(1) Shall have registered to participate in the competition under the rules promulgated by the Office of Business Management and Transformation.
(2) Shall have complied with all the requirements under this section.
(3) In the case of a private entity, shall be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States, and in the case of an individual, whether participating singly or in a group, shall be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
(4) May not be a Federal entity or Federal employee acting within the scope of their employment.
(5) Shall not be an HHS employee working on their applications or submissions during assigned duty hours.
(6) Shall not be an employee of Office Business Management and Transformation at HHS.
(7) Federal grantees may not use Federal funds to develop COMPETES Act challenge applications unless consistent with the purpose of their grant award.
(8) Federal contractors may not use Federal funds from a contract to develop COMPETES Act challenge applications or to fund efforts in support of a COMPETES Act challenge submission.

An individual or entity shall not be deemed ineligible because the individual or entity used Federal facilities or consulted with Federal employees during a competition if the facilities and employees are made equitably available to all individuals and entities participating in the competition. Entrants must agree to assume any and all risks and waive claims against the Federal Government and its related entities, except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from my participation in this prize contest, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise. Entrants must also agree to indemnify the Federal Government against third party claims for damages arising from or related to competition activities.

In addition, All projects must be submitted on Challengepost no later than 12am on October 28th,, 2014. Submissions must consist of two parts:
1) a link/screenshot/pdf of the project itself, and a 250-word accompanying description
2) a link to a 2-minute video of the team explaining the thought process behind, significance of, and context for the project.

All submissions must include analysis of BRFSS Data in some way 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.).

Submissions must be compliant with HHS Section 508 Evaluation Product Regulations.

How To Enter

All submissions must be posted here by October 28th at 12am 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.