Making government spending visible to the public

Are you experienced working with DATA? Are you interested in using your skills to help Chile to become a more transparent country? Join our Datathon to turn Chilean public spending datasets into engaging visuals and stories. We believe that transparency must be understandable and useful to citizens.

Now open for entries!
Closing 3 june 2018

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Who Should Join

We’re inviting designers, data scientists (including data analysts, data scientists, statisticians), data journalists and economists who can create data visualisations that deliver insightful stories about government budget and spending. This is an online hackathon where you will create and submit static or interactive visuals with a chance to win prizes.


You have experience  turning data into engaging infographics or interactive visualisations to help people understand the message clearly and aesthetically.

Data Scientists

You wrangle with data and understand what the data have to say using data analysis or visualization tools, such as R, Python, D3, Raw, Processing and Superset.

Data Journalists

You turn data into narratives, so that others can understand, share and remember the data in a better way.


You are familiar with socio-economics datasets and using econometric methods and structural modeling for data analysis.


Prizes will be awared to the top three submissions


Worth of Prizes will be Won!

1st Prize Winner

Project published by World Bank, Nacional Congreso Chile, El Mostrador,
Observatorio del Gasto Fiscal, and Data Campfire
US$1200 in cash
Tableau subscription (1 year) for each team member individual subscription (1 year) for each team member

2nd Prize Winner

US$500 in cash individual subscription (1 year) for each team member

3rd Prize Winner

US$300 in cash individual subscription (1 year) for each team member

(additional prizes will be announced soon!)

Prizes Sponsored by


Francisca Skoknic

Francisca Skoknic

Director the school of Journalism at University of Diego Portales

Hernan Orellana

Hernan Orellana

Executive Director at  I+D en Telefónica Chile
Jeannette von Wolfersdorff

Jeannette von Wolfersdorff

Executive Director of Observatorio del Gasto Fiscal
José Inostroza

José Inostroza

Director of the Public Sector Modernization Program at the Ministry of Finance
Ledda Macera

Ledda Macera

Anticorruption and Governance Advisor at World Bank

Mariana Santos

Mariana Santos

Founder of Chicas Poderosas
Miguel Paz

Miguel Paz

CEO of Poderopedia and Knight International Journalism Fellow
Patrick McGarry

Patrick McGarry

Head of Community at
Paulina Núñez

Paulina Núñez

Deputy member, President of the Bicameral Group of Transparency

Judging Criteria

1. Quality of visualization

The data visualization is capable of transmitting the information in a self-explanatory, friendly, and understandable way. It shows the available data in an attractive way.

2. Informative relevance

The data visualization presents information relevant to the public on government spending, by synthesizing and narrating information in a way that highlights the most striking elements.

3. Balance

The work complies with presenting the information in a balanced way, aspiring to the greatest possible objectivity, using all the available information in a balanced way.


The Ministry of Finance Chile and the National Congress Chile signed a protocol of agreement on measures to improve information on public finances. One of the commitments is to facilitate citizens’ access to information in a more understandable, timely and detailed manner, therefore citizens are clearly informed about the use of fiscal resources. Under this agenda, the government spending datasets were released by Ministry of Finance in November 2017, and further prepared by Observatorio del Gasto Fiscal.

We think there needs to be one more step to be done. It is to turn the data into something that’s more understandable and meaningful. Through this Datathon, we are calling people with skills (just like you) to transform this data into engaging stories and visuals. Therefore, citizens become aware of how the government manages public finances and what it means to them, and for government authorities to improve the way they plan and manage their spending.

Key Dates

Datasets will be released on 23rd of April 09:00
Registration opens on 23rd of April 09:00
Submission deadline on 3rd of June 23:59
Winner announcement on 8th of June 12:00
(all dates and time are based on Santiago Chile time)



Rules & Guidance

How to join

Sign up your team (it can be just you) using this form.
By registering you will be invited to our forum where you can ask questions to the organizers, find team members and coordinate your team activities.

Anyone, anywhere in the world can take part.

Submission of Entries

Your data visualisation entry must be submitted via this form by the deadline 3rd of June 23:59 (GMT-3 Santiago, Chile)

Data visualisations can be in Spanish or English.

Any data visualisation format can be submitted, static or interactive, the only requirement is that it can be displayed online/digitally.

Entries must use at least one of the Core Datasets available.


Prizes will be awarded for the top three entries after being reviewed by our panel of judges.
The Judging Criteria is as listed above.

The Datasets

Core Datasets (Datasets 1 through 3)

You need to use at least one of the Core Datasets (Datasets 1 – 3), in order to be considered as a valid entry.

Additional Open Datasets (Datasets 4 through 6)

Here are some exemplary open datasets that you can use additionally. Other open datasets are encouraged to be used, except for other sets of financial information data, in particular, of public expenditure, because the mandatory datasets were prepared by the Fiscal Expenditure Observatory, adjusting the amounts of the financial flows based on a methodology used by official government agencies to correct the effects of inflation on the evolution of public spending over time (real values).

Who’s Behind This Datathon

This Datathon is an initiative organized by the National Congress of Chile, the Fiscal Expenditure Observatory and Data Campfire, financed by the World Bank.
Sponsored by
Observatorio del Gasto Fiscal is a non-profit organization focuses on transparency and accountability of public expenditure, by generating easy-to-understand information based on the needs of the people

Data Campfire is a startup that designs data experiences. Their vision is to empower people to tell better stories using data. They do this by designing and delivering Training Workshops for organizations and the public; offering bespoke data visualization solutions for organizations; and running Insight Events (hackathons) for organizations that want greater engagement in data.

Please contact us for any enquiries through