Data is Beautiful is initiated by Kitchen Budapest Kitchen Budapest

Data is Beautiful Conference

Data from the view of Society, Science, Art, Design and Technology

2–6 October , Budapest



About the conference

Data Visualization at the intersection of Art, Science and Technology

The ultimate aim of the Data is Beautiful project is to create a national and international platform between Hungarian Educational Institutions including the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Eotvos Lorand University, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design and Institutes and Organizations involved with digital technologies and design such as the CultureLab in Newcastle, UK and Kitchen Budapest to investigate in collaboration one of the most timely and significant phenomena of digital culture: aspects of data and data visualization.

Basic Concept

Due to rapidly developing technologies and the inclusion of innovative design techniques, the representation of conceptual approaches, structures and working methods of Data Visualization offer new probes and new possibilities now extend beyond Academia -whether these are in the form of visual or sound projects. Beyond aesthetics functions, the concepts of effectiveness, access, transparency and usefulness are necessary claims challenging the experts who have developed visualization of databases and try to utilize the available tools for the professional and general public.

Science & Business

Simultaneous with this process the characterization of Data Visualization required re-definition in science, business life as well is the general public. Data Visualization by financial experts, engineers, research scientists, (for example in astronomy, biology) has been practiced for decades, it is only in the last decades however (mostly due to technical developments) that Data Visualization based on databases became noticeable in the Arts. From North and South America to Asia new university departments and new curricula were established in academic institutions – mostly due to student demands.

Collaboration: Differences and Similarities

The goal of this program is to introduce and dissect questions, problems by the representatives of various disciplines based on their own professional viewpoints creating a dialogue between event participants and presenters through lectures, round table discussions and workshop aiming to resolve these various issues in various fields.

Professional view points and Visibility

Beyond student participation a primary goal of Data is Beautiful is to create a broad visibility for the wide variety of questions concerning data visualization. For this very reason the program plan emphasizes knowledge transfer through the lectures, workshops, public events in order to investigate the intersections between science, art and design data visualization.



Kitchen Budapest

Hungary’s competitive success in the 21st century lies in it’s ideas. There needs to be a place, where some of these ideas can grow. Our mission is simple: to help ideas lift off the ground through education, incubation and play. Our ally in this mission is Magyar Telekom.

Newcastle Culture Lab

Culture Lab was founded in May 2006 to provide a central hub for a range of creative activities within the University Newcastle and the wider region. Culture Lab is both a physical building and a group of collaborators in the field of creative practice. It is home to a core group of permanent staff who teach and provide administrative support for the degree programmes housed there. There are also many individuals and research groups who base themselves at Culture Lab and make use of the extensive facilities while working on their individual projects.

Partners of Hackathon


The program-series is part of the official program of Design Week Budapest. Distribution partner is

Curators of the Data is Beautiful program series: Nina Czeglédy and Eszter Bircsák (design, technology, science and society sections).
Henrik Hargitai: program director of the science section.
Brigitta Zics: program director of the art section.

Financial background of the program-series by Kitchen Budapest, Fine Arts University, a Newcastle Culture Lab, and the Ministry of National Resources (NKA)