Transportation and data: two fields in which Chicago excels. So it only made sense for Divvy, Chicago’s leading bikeshare program, to challenge Chicago’s data scientists to marry the two in their latest data visualization competition. Designers, developers, and scientists were encouraged to visualize over 3.2 million Divvy trips in an insightful, beautiful, or creative way, spurring dozens of submissions that were delightful, helpful, and unique. Entries ranged from visualizing the easiest and safest bike routes to the most common routes taken to just being able to follow the path of one specific rental bike.
Submissions were categorized into Best Overall Visualization, Most Comprehensive, Most Beautiful, Most Creative, and Most Insightful. After being reviewed by Divvy judges, the top submissions were hosted on RedEyeChicago.com to be voted on by the public.
In addition to entries being featured in a full-page ad in RedEye and on the Divvy Website, winners received gift certificates for two Divvy Memberships, a Divvy t-shirt and five 24-Hour Passes to share with friends and family. Microsoft was also pleased to award each winner with an XBOX One, an XBOX Kinect, a Windows Phone, and a BizSpark software package including full-featured software development tools and server products.
Divvy Data used for the challenge can be found here.
See all the winners here and test out some of the visualizations yourself!