GE’s Visualizing.org contest to visualize the 2010 US Census data has come to a close, and the lucky winner is Jan Willem Tulp with some truly beautiful visualizations like the one above.
Check out the images below, of winner Jan Willem Tulp’s visualization, “Ghost Counties,” which focuses on homeowner data from the Census to create an arresting perspective on the subprime mortgage crisis. Like the best data visualizations, they have an artistic beauty separate from any informational utility. To learn how the striking forms below illustrate housing data by county and by state, click here.
Hit their website for some more impressive graphics.
WikiSym 2011 is 4 months away, but they’re already gearing up for a possible visualization contest featuring open collaboration data. Rules and datasets haven’t been defined yet, but they’ve already got an impressive list of sponsors including WikiMedia, Microsoft, and the NSF.
WikiViz is a competition organized by WikiSym, and co-organized in this first edition byWikimedia Foundation as WikiSym 2011 Premium sponsor. We will call on data/information visualization experts, computational journalists, data artists and data scientists to create the most insightful visualization of open collaboration data. The topic of this year’s challenge, timeline and rules to participate will be published soon.
Get all the details, once they’re published, at their site.
Oh, the fun of Social Media. Last month David McCandless issued a single tweet of some data on blacks students in UK universities that he never got around to doing any visualization on. Now, we have a full-fledged contest regarding it and Postgrad.com.
The competition is based on the data collected by David, and other sources listed within the dataset. However, you are free to mashup the data with any other source you wish, provided the sources are publicly available and cited in your entry to the competition.
Your visualisation can be static, moving or interactive
You can include as little or as much text as you like
It can be as simple as a single chart or a full-blown infographic
If you win, you could get anything from a signed copy of McCandless’s “Information is Beautiful” to a brand new iPad2. Hit their site for all the details.
Tableau, in cooperation with the Economist Ideas Economy conference, is cranking up a big contest for their free Tableau Public tool that could result in a nice 3-night stay in Vegas for the event, $2000 in cash, and a new iPad2.
The winner chosen by our judges will also take away a free roundtrip ticket to attend the 2011 Tableau Customer Conference. This includes 3 night’s accommodations at the Encore and a chance to compete in the Iron Viz championship with the winners of two other contests. The winner of Iron Viz will take away a new iPad2, and $2,000.
Interestingly, there are no restrictions on input data. So go find your favorite dataset, make a smooth viz, and if nothing else all entries get a free Tableau T-Shirt!
The Media Design School has a new edition of the “Real Or Render” challenge up. Six Images that you get to pick if they’re photographs or CG renders. One lucky entrant will come away with a $100 Amazon Gift Card for their time, as well.
Taxes are probably one of the most stressful and depressing times of year, am I right? In an attempt to gleam a bit of useful and, dare I say, Interesting information from the annual mundane task, Google has partnered up with Eyebeam to create the “Data Viz Challenge”
To make that happen, we’ve teamed up with Eyebeam, a not-for-profit art and technology center, to host what we’re calling the Data Viz Challenge. Andrew and Louis have built an API to let anyone access the data, so now you can choose how to display it. Could you create a better animated chart? Something in 3D? An interactive website? A physical display somewhere in the real world? We want you to show everyone how data visualization can be a powerful tool for turning information into understanding.
The challenge ends March 27th, 2011 and is open to U.S. entries only, but the lucky winner will get a nice $5,000 prize.
Both Wired and the NYTimes have small galleries up of the winning entries in the 2010 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge. A bit heavy on the biological visualizations this year (several virus entries and such), the resulting pictures and videos truly are beautiful to behold.
Qualcomm has announced the winners of their 2010 Augmented Reality Developer Challenge. A clever way to push usage of their new AR SDK, I see some pretty clever uses of the technology for some fun little games.
1st Place – $125,000 – Paparazzi by Paulius Liekis and Arminas Didžiokas (Lithuania)
An interactive game where the player becomes a virtual paparazzo and sneaks pictures of a vain celebrity before he gets agitated and attacks the photographer
2nd Place – $50,000 – Inch High Stunt Guy by Defiant Development Pty Ltd. (Australia)
A game where the player arranges various obstacles to enable a stuntman to successfully jump his motorcycle through a hoop
3rd Place – $25,000 – Danger Copter by Alex Beachum, Jonghwa Kim, Jason Mathias, Kedar Reddy and Evan Sforza (USA)
A gaming adventure where the player becomes a helicopter pilot who maneuvers a water-spouting chopper to extinguish fires and rescue people from danger
Congratulations to all the winners! Check out the “sizzle reel” below which shows some of the better entries.
Lightworks has just selecting the winner in their latest Image Competition, and it’s Andrew Parks with the amazing picture above.
Andrew is a designer at Archimania in Memphis, Tennessee, where he utilises 3D visualisations as a design tool. He uses FormZ software for his modelling and rendering throughout all phases of the design process, continuously manipulating and refining the designs to create a unique atmosphere for each project. His winning image of a house in rural Arkansas uses very simple materials and forms but conveys a richness in character. Its simplicity adds a depth of realism to the image which particularly impressed the judging panel.
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