Develop data visualizations that can help people plan their education, explore a career change, know what to expect in a new town, or negotiate pay and benefits. Meanwhile, you'll be helping researchers, academics, and the media access and organize the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) data.

Using Technology to Visualize Employment Opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes data about employment and wage estimates for over 800 occupations. We want your help in finding new ways to use these data through:

  • the web
  • a personal computer
  • a mobile handheld device, or
  • any platform broadly accessible to the open Internet.

About the Data:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics data can be found at

More information and details about the Occupational Employment Statistics can be found here:

Commonly asked questions about the data are answered here:

The APIs can be found at .

In addition, you're encouraged to draw on other BLS data available online through, or other public sources.

What's in it for you?

Applications that best satisfy the competition criteria will receive cash prizes up to $15,000 for the first prize. Contestants are encouraged to combine DOL data with any other publicly accessible data feeds from around the web, and to be creative in exploring approaches for realizing the goals.

Hackathon Sponsors


$33,500 in prizes

First Place

Up to $15,000 for the first place entry

Second Place

Up to $10,000 for the second place entry

Third Place

Up to $5,000 for the third place entry

Honorable Mention (2)

Judges will have the discretion of awarding up to five "honorable mention" prizes at $500 each.

People's Choice

$2,500 for the people's choice award

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Contestants must register for the contest on this website by creating an account between July 14th, 2011 and September 14th, 2011. Registrants will receive an email to verify their account and may then enter their submissions via the "Post a Submission" tab.

  1. Submissions may be any kind of software tool, be it for the web, a personal computer, a mobile handheld device, console, or any platform broadly accessible to the open Internet.

  2. If the software tool is not accessible to or by the Administrator and Judges for review purposes (via the web with a URL or mobile app store), a link to a video of the working tool may be submitted.  In such case, the Administrator has the right to request access to the Submission in person or via any reasonable manner to verify any of the software tool’s criteria.

  3. A Submission may be disqualified if it does not function as expressed in the description.

  4. All Submissions must be available for public use and evaluation by September 14th, 2011, in order to be considered for judging purposes.

  5. Once a Submission is made, the Contestant cannot make any changes or alterations to the Submission until the judging is complete. The approximate date by which the judging will be complete is September 30th, 2011.

For all Submissions, the Contestant agrees that DOL will have the ability to release the code as open source at its discretion (see Rules for more details)


The full panel of judges will be announced at a later date.

The full panel of judges will be announced at a later date.

Judging Criteria

  • Use of Required Data
    Does the application use a combination of creative and relevant data sets, including the required data mentioned in the Rules section? (20%)
  • Technical Implementation
    Is the application implemented in a functional and elegant fashion? (20%)
  • Mission
    Does the application meet the mission defined for this challenge? (20%)
  • Creativity
    Is the application creative, interesting and easy to use? (40%)

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