Panoply's COVID-19 Data Hackathon

Uniting around data

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, Panoply wants to help make data available to deliver timely and trusted information. Through the lens of data, we can come together to generate insights, analysis and visualizations for those tracking this disease. This is why we've started this data hackathon - to provide a centralized place for data sleuths to hack on data sets related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Panoply is a secure place to store, sync and access all your data and we have built-in compatibility with leading data visualization tools such as Chartio, Tableau, Looker and Mode.

We invite you, to use Panoply in this data hackathon to connect COVID-19 related data sets, query and make discoveries and visualizations that will benefit the global community.

So, get ready to team up, learn, query and bring your ideas to life!

TL:DR (the short version):

From March 20 - April 10, Panoply is conducting a COVID-19 data hackathon where you can analyze data sets, provide an insight or visualization and help out a non-profit as well. There are four steps to participation:

  1. Fill out the form on the right to get started. Provide your name and email address
  2. Start a Panoply trial (we will email it to you after you complete the form)
  3. Ingest our a COVID-19 - related data set
  4. Submit your insight or visualization entry on our Community by the deadline, which is April 10, 2020 at 11:59PM San Francisco time.

Our panel of judges will choose the We will choose the top

The Competition Fully Explained

Table of contents:

  1. Introduction: Show Us Your Data
  2. The Hackathon and Prizes
  3. Requirements
  4. Step-by-step Instructions
  5. Support and Resources
  6. Meet The Judges

Show Us Your Data 💪!

Data hacking is all about examining a data set and building a telling visualization or unearthing an unknown insight. Your task for this data hackathon is simple: unleash your creativity!

For your data insight investigation, you can use your data tool of choice, including any SQL client or data visualization tool.

Need a suggestion on a data visualization tool or suite? We suggest using one of our partners.


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Inspiration for the Hackathon

There are many ways to explore COVID-19 data.

For example, you can examine questions such as:

  • How has the spread of COVID-19 changed or waned over time?
  • Are ages/demographics of COVID affliction different across geographies?
  • How is social isolation affecting rates in counties where control has been more effective?

The Hackathon and the Prizes

The hackathon has three prizes which include being named in a $1,000 donation to CDC Foundation Emergency Response Fund, an organization that strengthens critical global health security needs and respond immediately to public health emergencies such as the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We'll have 3 winners resulting in a $1,000 donation each in the name of the submitting person or team.

To award our prize, our panel of judges will examine all entries and choose the top three most useful and insightful submissions. 

Submissions can be a data visualization or dashboard, an exploration of the data set via video or written word - or an impactful data insight that is found amongst a set of data.


  • Submissions by individuals or teams must use a COVID-19 related dataset, either our sample data sets or a data set of your choosing
  • Submissions must use Panoply as the data warehouse
  • Each submission needs to be authored and conceived by the submitter - but does not have to be original content to this hackathon. However, Panoply must be used as the data source for this competition.
  • The hackathon is open to individuals in any country
  • The final submissions needs to be in English
  • Entry deadline is April 10 at 11:59 pm San Francisco time
  • Panoply employees or dependents are welcome to submit an entry, but are not eligible for prizes

Step-by-step Instructions

  1. Fill out the form to the right and provide your name, email and company name (if applicable)
  2. Sign up for a free Panoply account
  3. Collect your COVID-19 data set. To start, use the John Hopkin University's COVID-19 data set on GitHub.
  4. When you’re ready to submit your insight or visualization to our contest, do it on our COVID-19 category on our Community Forum. Note - all entries must include the SQL used in your query for verification and good karma/sharing reasons!

Support and Resources

Meet Our Judges

KateS Kate Strachnyi is the author of The Disruptors: Data Science Leaders and Journey to Data Scientist. Host of Datacated Weekly; a project dedicated to helping others learn about various topics in the data realm. Host of the Humans of Data Science (HoDS); uncovering the human side of data science. Extensive experience with data visualization tools (i.e. Tableau); proficient with gathering user requirements and developing custom interactive reports and dashboards using multiple data sources. Previously focused on risk management, governance, and regulatory response solutions for financial services institutions.

More judges will be announced soon.

Let's Get Started!

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