The 2015 edition of DATA4CHAN.GE took place in Beirut between 28 November - 2 December. Five human rights organisations representing Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and the Gulf region brought their data to the workshop. The  workshop was attended by 43 people — 25 women and 18 men — from 14 countries (USA, Canada, UK, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Tunisia, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates). 

It was organised by London-based Small Media and local partner Visualizing Impact, and was hosted at one of the most creative and inspiring venues in the Middle East, Ashkal Alwan.



The quality of the projects produced were astonishing. In just five days the teams created fully functioning interactive data visualisation prototypes on topics such as protest, political prisoners, victims of war and government corruption. 

Each project has an unique style, treatment and functionality, but what they all have in common is their high quality. Explore the projects below to see what is possible to create in just a few days of collaboration!





The human rights organisations are the heart and soul of DATA4CHAN.GE. They are on the frontline of human rights defending and the data and information they collect can be harrowing, emotional and often complicated to visualise. For many of them just collecting the data and information in the first place is an act of bravery. Each organisation is represented by up to two individuals who work on data and information gathering as well as advocacy strategy. 


"Collaborating with the Small Media team on the Data4Change workshop was an amazing experience for Visualizing Impact. The synergies between our organisations were a great foundation for the workshop, and Small Media brought tremendous experience to the table in coordinating such an event."

Jessica Anderson, Visualizing Impact






Mentors are a key part of all workshops, they come from both the private and non-commercial sector and are all experts in their field. Some of the biggest names in data visualisation came to Beirut in 2015 to share their expertise and mentor the workshop participants.