Hubway Data Challenge Winners

Data heads, animators, graphics geeks, designers, mappers, students and professional visualization artists converged on The Bocoup Loft in Boston’s Fort Point Channel Tuesday night to find out the answer to one question: who had won the Hubway Data Challenge?

The contest, which kicked off in October after Hubway and MAPC released complete history data on half a million bike share trips for the first time ever, asked for teams and solo craftsmen to create visualizations, animations, maps, or info graphics illustrating something new about more than a year’s worth of data. Contestants were encouraged to submit entries  in any format, with the highest marks for those that were both beautiful and smart.

hubway video screen shotWatch the Contest Video by Stephen Walter.

Overall Best Visualization:

Ta Chiraphadhanakul, PhD Candidate, MIT Operations Research Center in Cambridge


Best Aesthetics:

Russell Goldenberg, Hacker-in-chief, Engagement Game Lab at Emerson College in Boston

Best Analysis (tie):

Kim Ducharme, Kenn Knowles, Verena Tiefenbeck, Zia Sobhani, Boston/Cambridge


Ari Ofsevit, URS Corp & MassRIDES Outreach Coordinator, Cambridge

Best Data Narrative:

Eurry Kim & Kaz Sakamoto, Data Science Student at Columbia University in New York City

Best Data Exploration Tool:

Andy Woodruff, Map Maker at Axis Maps & Bostonography, Cambridge

People’s Choice (user votes):

Latif Lokman

Honorable Mention to a Boston Latin class:

Winners got a one-year Hubway membership and a Hubway T-shirt. The overall winner also received a limited edition Hubway System Map — one of only 61 installed in the original Hubway stations.

The other finalists:

Judges were: Gabriel Florit, a data visualization artist for the Boston Globe; Darcey Moore, a registrar at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA); Irene Ros, a javascript developer at Bocoup; Holly St. Clair, Director of Data Services for MAPC; Scott Mullen, the General Manager of Hubway; and Sarah Williams, Director of the Civic Data Design Project at MIT.

Check out all the submissions a