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The final awards ceremony of the third edition of the World Data Viz Challenge 2020 Barcelona-Kobe took place on Thursday, December 3, 2020 in a virtual event that was broadcast live on the Youtube channel of Barcelona City Council and of Kobe City Council.

During the event, open to all citizens, the finalists from both cities, Barcelona and Kobe (Japan), presented their projects and then the winners were announced.

The visualization “Educational Level in Barcelona” submitted by the students from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), Marina Rosell Murillo and Raúl Higueras Serrano, has been the winner of the Barcelona Award “World Data Viz Challenge 2020 Barcelona-Kobe”. Its authors have also received the Special Mention Barcelona Universities "World Data Viz Challenge 2020 Barcelona-Kobe", since it has also been the best project presented by university students. This dataviz, related to 4th Objective about Quality Education of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), analyzes the relationship between the educational level of the citizens of the city of Barcelona and their socioeconomic situation and gender.

In the call of the Japanese city, the Kobe Award "World Data Viz Challenge 2020 Barcelona-Kobe" has been awarded to the team formed by Junki Tougo, Yume Iwamoto and Noriaki Sekihara for the project “Visualizing City Parks”. This visualization aims to encourage visits to the parks of the city of Kobe thanks to the information obtained in real time from the activities that are carried out and, therefore, is related to Goal 3 about Health and Well-being of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On the other hand, the Kobe Special Jury Award “World Data Viz Challenge 2020 Barcelona-Kobe” has been awarded to the project “ZER - Zero Energy Refuse collection and disposal system”, carried out by Tomoki Ichimura, Yoshiki Tanaka, Ayame Tashiro and Saki Okamoto, which aims to achieve a zero waste cycle in the city of Kobe and which is aligned with the Goal 11 about Sustainable Cities and Communities of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

All finalist participants have received a diploma.

The event was moderated by Ms. Tere Serra i Majem, member of the Barcelona jury, and on behalf of Barcelona City Council have participated:

  • Ms. Laia Bonet, Deputy Mayor of 2030 Agenda, Digital Transition, Sports, Territorial and Metropolitan Coordination

  • Mr. Michael Donaldson, Commissioner for Digital Innovation, e-Government and Good Governance

The city of Kobe has been represented by:

  • Mr. Kaoru Onda, Deputy Mayor of Kobe

  • Mr. Taisuke Matsuzaki, Director for Smart City Projects, Cross-Sector Coordination Lab, Planning and Coordination Bureau, Kobe City Council

Mr. Yasushi Sato, Consul General of Japan in Barcelona, said a word of thanks and recognition to all participants.

The exceptional circumstances due to COVID-19 have not allowed a joint face-to-face celebration as would have been desired, but all attendees have been able to do networking, share impressions and experiences through the Facebook group “WDVC 2020 Barcelona-Kobe Networking Corner”.

Here you can check the winning projects and the finalists from Barcelona and aquí, from Kobe.

You can see the finalist and winning participants here, as well as the institutional positions attending the event. The summary video will be released soon.



And here are the videos of the event in Spanish and in Japanese.

We thank all the participants for their interest, congratulate all the finalists and the winners.

We look forward to seeing you all at the next edition of the World Data Viz Challenge 2021 Barcelona-Kobe!