Visualizing Marathon 2010

A 24-hour student data visualization competition
Click here to download Visualizing Marathon 2010 Poster.

Welcome is proud to have held the inaugural Visualizing Marathon: a 24-hour student data visualization competition. Inspired by robotics competitions and science fairs, the Marathon was created to give design students an opportunity to collaborate and use design to help tackle real-world issues. It was a fun and intense weekend full of speakers, performances, and of course, the actual competition. The Marathon was held over the Oct 22-24 weekend at Eyebeam in New York.

Visualizing Marathon 2010 NYC.

The Challenge

Set by design leaders at the Cooper Hewitt's Why Design Now? Solving Global Challenges conference, the challenge focused on a complex world issue that could be better understood with data and design.

The Jury

Paola Antonelli, Chair
Senior Curator, Architecture & Design, MoMA
Manuel Lima
David McCandless
Author, The Visual Miscellaneum &
Amanda McDonald Crowley
Executive Director, Eyebeam Center for Art + Technology
Adam Bly
Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Seed
Beth Comstock
CMO, GE & Trustee, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

Marathon Opening

The Marathon officially opened on Friday, October 22nd and was kicked off with a night of speaker presentations and a party that included an interactive VJ performance.


Paola Antonelli,
Senior Curator, Architecture & Design, MoMA
Jer Thorp,
Data Artist in Residence, New York Times/Founder, blprnt
Lisa Strausfeld,
Partner, Pentagram
Brooke Singer,
Fellow, Eyebeam
Tahir Hemphill,
Fellow, Eyebeam

SuperDraw performance and MultiDraw installation by Joshue Ott with music by Ezekiel Honig and David Last


Future Marathons

Based on the overwhelming success of our NYC Marathon in 2010, we will be hosting a set of marathons around the world in 2011. (Entrance is free for all students)

If you are interested in participating in marathons in the following cities, please let us know:

  • Sao Paulo
  • London
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney
  • Munich
  • New York

Send us an email and let us know what city works for you and what school you currently attend. Really want to participate and don't see a city next to you? Let us know and we'll try and make it happen. Thanks!