Although it didn't get long or short listed, I thought I would present it on my site anyway.
What Just Happened? explores events in the world during the second decade of the third millenium (2010-2020).
Topics are grouped under the following themes: Health, Economy, Energy, Education, Climate and Life Quality.
I used parallel coordinates to show the highs and lows per topic for each of the groupings in this chart.
Each line represents a particular year and can be isolated per grouping by rolling over a specific line. Also, a particular year can be selected which will be highlighted for all of the groupings/themes.
The interactive visualization can be found here.