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NDI Election Iconathon

  • National Democratic Institute 455 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)

OpenGov Hub Member the National Democratic Institute (specifically NDI's Election and Political Processes Team) is organizing an event known as an "Iconathon" that will convene elections experts, graphic designers, and interested citizens around DC to develop a series of digital icons that represent different phases of the pre-election process (ie. voter registration, campaigning, etc). These icons will then be used by election monitoring organizations around the world, free of charge, in their electoral advocacy and outreach efforts. In essence, it's a "hackathon" for graphic designers and elections/democracy enthusiasts.

This event is hosted by The National Democratic Institute via NDI’s Open Election Data Initiative.


  • Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016, 10:00am - 3:00pm

  • Location: 455 Massachusetts Avenue NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC

  • Meals: Light breakfast and lunch


This event will be invaluable to NDI’s more than 300 election monitoring partners whose work helps safeguard hundreds of elections worldwide. Monitoring groups that our organization supports systematically collect and analyze election data, and their findings can tell powerful stories about the credibility of their countries' polls. In March 2015, an NDI partner in Nigeria (TMG) employed a statistical election observation method and was able to confirm the opposition party’s historic victory. Last October, NDI supported one of Burma's first election monitoring organizations (PACE) to assess the quality of their country's first democratic election in decades.

Throughout our work we've found that images, often through infographics, can tell the strongest stories about elections. So we'd like to invite you to help us create icons that will do justice to the vivid data and stories our election monitoring partners have to share.

Next Steps

If you’re interested and able to attend this event, please fill out this short Interest Form. Our space is limited, so please sign up as early as possible to reserve a spot. Contact Sunila Chilukuri ( or Michelle Brown ( if you have any questions.