Last month we kicked off the GitHub Data Challenge to see what awesome things might be lurking in the GitHub public timeline.

The entries were incredible! People from all over the world contributed queries, code and beautiful visualizations that gave a unique perspective on the millions of activities that happen every week on

We all voted for our favorites to select the winners and ended up with a tie for third place.

First Place: The Octoboard

The Octoboard is a stats dashboard of GitHub activity from Denis Roussel (KuiKui).

Second Place: Emotional Analysis of Commit Messages

Ramiro Gómez (yaph) analyzed Expressions of Emotions in GitHub Commit Messages.

Example: Percentage of Commit Messages with Expressions of Anger

Third Place: Le GitHub – A Daily GitHub Newspaper

Alexandre Girard (alx) used an Arduino, a thermal printer and his Le-Github gem to print a daily newspaper of GitHub activity everyday before breakfast.

Third Place (tie!): Repository Activity by Language

Eduarda Mendes Rodrigues built a visualization of GitHub activity by language using NodeXL and blogged about her process.


I want to thank everyone who worked on an entry for the data challenge. It was really exciting for all of us to see so many different approaches on analyzing such a rich source of data. Thank you!

Our winners will receive gift certificates to the GitHub shop, $200 for 1st, $100 for 2nd and $50 for both 3rd place winners.