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A global series of 24-hour student data visualization competitions

Last year, and GE hosted a first-of-its-kind 24-hour data visualization marathon for 100 students from 8 of our Academic Partners in and around New York. This year, based on your overwhelming response, we’re taking the marathon global! From September to December, we’ll be hitting 5 cities around the world: Sydney, Australia; São Paulo, Brazil; New York, USA; London, UK; and Berlin, Germany.


Made Possible By GE
How It Works

In a 3- or 4-person team, you’ll have 24 hours (from 12:00 PM on Saturday to 12:00 PM on Sunday) to design a solution to a real world problem that we will give at the start of the Marathon. You will gain access to a selection of open data sets to work with on (and you can use any other data set you want so long as it’s open). You’ll collaborate with your team through the night to come up with your entry, designing alongside 100 or so other students in a stimulating and fun space. Any format is welcome, so long as it can be uploaded on There will be plenty of good food and drink and some surprises along the way to keep you going. At the end of 24 hours you will upload your entry to Winners will be selected by our esteemed jury.


Each member of the winning team will receive a specially engraved iPad 2 and the winning project will be featured on

The winning school will receive the Visualizing Trophy.

We will also name two Honorable Mentions in each city.

GE Grand Prize

The GE Grand Prize will be awarded to the project that best illuminates a new insight or solution to a complex problem through data visualization. A $10,000 “Imagination at Work” grant will be rewarded to the winning university to support research, development, and/or education that takes the project forward. The winner will receive global recognition on GE websites and through communications.

The Winner and Honorable Mentions from each city are eligible to participate. Each team will be asked to submit a brief abstract to the jury.

Grand Prize Winner

Read the announcement

The Results
2011 Marathon Winners Gallery

Check out the entries, winners and challenges for each city.

Sydney, Australia (September 24-25)
All Entries | Winner | Challenge

São Paulo, Brazil (October 22-23)
All Entries | Winner | Challenge

New York, USA (November 5-6)
All Entries | Recap | Winner | Challenge

London, UK (November 12-13)
All Entries | Winner | Challenge

Berlin, Germany (December 3-4)
All Entries | Winner | Challenge

Centro Universitário Belas Artes de São Paulo UN Global Pulse Google
CSIRO Eyebeam
To learn about becoming a supporter or partner, contact Charlene Manuel.
Details and Eligibility
  • You must be enrolled as a student at one of our Academic Partners (if your university is not yet an Academic Partner you can still register, just let us know so we can contact them).
  • Members of a team must be from the same university.
  • You must be of legal age in your country to compete.
  • There is no cost to register.
  • Students will compete in teams of 3 or 4 students. At the time of registration, you do not need to be part of a team. If you haven’t yet formed a team or if your team is smaller than 3, get in touch and we’ll try to help.
  • If you competed in the 2010 Visualizing Marathon you may compete in the 2011 Marathon.
For press inquiries, please contact Charlene Manuel.