HEI-DA is a nonprofit organisation which promotes digital innovation, the future of data journalism and open data. We do web projects of public interest and partner with organisations worldwide to build impactful programmes and initiatives.

We help organisations tell data-driven stories and build projects on the web, using expertise from the news industry and elsewhere, specializing in the niche fields of data journalism, open data and extreme storytelling innovation. We put particular emphasis on projects of public interest which could achieve social, environmental and economic impact.



 We do data journalism and interactive storytelling projects with social, economical or environmental impact in collaboration with media organisations, NGOs, nonprofits, local communities and governments.


We can help NGOs and other nonprofit organisations identify new digital goals to structure data-driven and innovative projects accordingly, bringing support and insights they wouldn’t have come across otherwise.


HEI-DA is building a Unicorn Pool gathering a network of incredibly talented people from all over the world to take on innovative projects with social impact. They have the editorial, programming and design skills needed to tackle big data projects and are so special that they are often referred to as “unicorns”.


HEI-DA puts together research projects on the future of data journalism and innovative storytelling and publishes the results openly via whitepapers and interactive guides. We thrive to imagine new models, experiment with the latest technologies and be an active player in the industry as well as share the fun with our community by organising training sessions and bootcamps.


HEI-DA promote web innovation, the future of data journalism and transparency by publishing the Data Journalism Blog, a news website tackling innovative projects made with data, in the newsroom and elsewhere.


HEI-DA organises hackathons and other events tackling topics such as data journalism, open data, programming and web innovation.

In 2017, HEI-DA got involved in two programmes organised by CFI, an agency deployed by the French government for foreign media development: the #4MAsia programme in ASEAN countries and the #GuinéeInfoCitoyenne programme in Africa. Travelling through those two regions to teach data journalism skills and mentor news organisations was one of the most challenging, yet most inspiring, project we’ve done.

HEI-DA is building the Sensor Journalism Toolkit, an easy-to-use platform that empowers journalists around the world by helping them gather their own datasets using sensor tech. To know more about it or get involved, get in touch!

HEI-DA powers the Data Journalism Awards 2018!

The Data Journalism Awards are the first international awards recognising outstanding work in the field of data journalism worldwide. Started in 2012, the competition is organised by the Global Editors Network, with support from the Google News Lab, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and in partnership with Chartbeat. HEI-DA proudly manages the competition with the team at the Global Editors Network.

By donating to HEI-DA, either monthly or just one time, you help us grow and develop new initiatives that empower news innovators and non profit organisations worldwide.

Check out the Data Journalism Blog!

Hei-Da is the proud owner of the DJB, a news website dedicated to data journalism with news, features, interviews, how-to guides and reviews tackling innovation in the newsroom.

HEI-DA is based in Lille, France and operates globally. It was founded in 2016 by Marianne Bouchart.

We thrive for innovation and hope to stand out as an active player in our field. HEI-DA does great work, by great people, on great subjects.

Watch this space as exciting new projects will launch soon!

We'd love to hear from you

Whether you'd like to work with us or just say hi, please fill the following form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

e: hello@hei-da.org

HEI-DA is a nonprofit organisation registered in France.