Visualizing Time Winners

Visualizing Time Winners

We teamed up with the Microsoft Research team to challenge you to visualize time by exploring their ChronoZoom project, which allows you to explore, create, and tell stories with timelines directly from within a web browser — the project and its data all run on Windows Azure, Microsoft's cloud platform. ChronoZoom is already a fantastic teaching tool. It was the 2013 recipient of the SXSW Interactive Award for Best Educational Resource and is frequently used to teach historical thinking concepts to students. For this challenge, we asked you to try and make it even better. You had the option of looking at a subset of data focusing on World War I or looking at a ChronoZoom's Big History data set. Our fantastic jury reviewed the projects, and here are the selected winners!


Congratulations to Kenji Saito, the grand prize winner for the project Visualizing Time for World War 1. The project thoughtfully organizes information among the timeline, the map, and the information panels, and there is impressive integration between filters and the map, which allows you to see what countries were involved in particular events. For this cohesive approach, judges selected this project as the winner of $5,000 and a trip to Moscow to meet with a member of the ChronoZoom Research and Design team.

First prize and the recipient of $2,500 goes to Kāla: World War 1 by Raju Bhosale, Harshawardhan Nene, and Kedar Vaidya. Kāla: World War 1, with effective title images and embedded filtering in its details and descriptions, adds a wonderful narrative aspect to the data.

Andi Triendl wins the second prize of $1,500 for ChronoZoom Interactive Timeline of Events Preceding WWI. Judges felt the project was particularly strong as a teaching tool. Some of the project's noted strengths include the change between linear and non-linear time, the use of animation to take you through the chains of events, and the project's ability to maintain context as it displays details.


Grand prize and $2,000 goes to Florian Kräutli's ChronoZoom Hierarchical Time Tree, which best presents a novel solution for visualizing the entire ChronoZoom dataset. It has an approachable and intuitive interface that allows the user to easily dive in and discover new topics. It nicely also has very detailed panels, almost like an open book, for each selected topic or event.

You can see all of the submitted projects in our gallery. Thank you to Microsoft, our jurors — Donald Brinkman and Stephen Drucker of Microsoft, Andy Kirk of Visualising Data, and Isabel Meirelles of Northeastern University — and all the participants.

Want more? Participate in our open challenge looking at the impact of the world wide web (deadline: February 10!) and try your hand at our past challenges. Interested in creating a challenge? Contact us here.



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