HEI-DA is a nonprofit organisation doing innovative web projects of public interest. It uses data storytelling techniques and promotes digital innovation, the future of data journalism and open data.

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

HEI-DA powers the Data Journalism Awards 2017!

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.



We can help NGOs, nonprofits and public bodies identify new digital goals and structure data-driven and innovative projects accordingly, bringing market intelligence and insights they wouldn’t have come across otherwise.


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


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.

We need funding to run and make it all happen.
If you think you can help, Please get in touch.

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.