Rules and Guidelines



  • Projects can be stand alone or combined with a story, but must accomplish a journalistic purpose and use data significantly.
  • Projects could be developed as a data-driven ‘news tool’ or infographic, or map, visualization (could be static or interactive), data-driven video or a tool.
  • Projects can be published on the web, as a mobile app or SMS service on any news organization’s digital properties.
  • If code is produced, it should be open source and posted on GitHub.
  • Max no of people per team is 6
  • Teams must be multidisciplinary with every team having at least 1 journalist, developer, designer and a civic activist.
  • 1 entry per team
  • Final project presentations/slides must include:
    • story idea (What is it, why do I care?)
    • data sources (What datasets are you using and why?)
    • presentation (How will you explain the data-driven story to your audience?)
    • functioning prototype
    • news organization where the project will be published
  • You only get 5 minutes to present your slides
  • A hackdash profile must be completed, including a link to a functioning prototype.


These are the questions that will be considered while judging your projects:


  • Does it use data to tell a story relevant to “real people”?
  • Does it tell a story in a way not done before?
  • Does it present information comprehensively?
  • Did it make an obscure or complex issue easily accessible and understandable?
  • Can it have a societal or policy impact?



  • Does it fulfill an information need?
  • Does it have potential to generate engagement?
  • Did you use data that is appropriate (for the idea/story), reliable and accurate?
  • Did the data selection include non-traditional sources of data, or combine multiple data sources in useful ways?
  • Was the interpretation valid?
  • Was the appropriate technological solution/tool used for visualizations, mapping etc.?



Our d|Bootcamp is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, previous hackathon or d|Bootcamp attendance or computing experience (or lack of any of the aforementioned).

 We do not tolerate harassment of d|Bootcamp participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate at the venue, including panel discussions, group work, social media and other online media.

 Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the discretion of the organisers.

(via: The Hack Code of Conduct)


Our Mission

To boost analytical, evidence-based public discussion
by giving citizens, journalists and civil society
access to the data, digital tools, and computational skills
necessary for transforming our societies into digital democracies.