What do half a million bike-share trips look like to YOU?

Calling all data geeks, designers, students, and bike-share lovers! Get started on your entry in the first-ever Hubway Visualization Contest, co-sponsored by MAPC and Hubway.

For the first time, Hubway’s complete trip history data is being made public, and we want to see what you can make out of it.

Entries can be visualizations, animations, maps, or infographics that say something new or creatively illustrate the more than half a million bike trips included in one year of data. Submissions are welcome in any form, digital or tangible; the winning entries will be both smart and beautiful.

How to enter

Anyone may enter, from pro to amateur, whether as individuals, in teams or studios; the contest is open to students, members of the media, artists, corporations and even those who only moonlight as data geeks.

To enter, visit to find rules for submission and download the data.

To download the data and find rules for submission, visit

The deadline is midnight (11:59 p.m.) on Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 7, 2012.


Judges include 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.


Up to three team members of the winning team (or teams) will ride off in style with a one-year Hubway membership, a Hubway T-shirt, a Bern helmet, and a limited edition Hubway System Map —one of only 61 installed in the original Hubway stations.


Email or call Jessica Robertson at 617-451-2770 x2016.