Global Marathon 2012

Visualizing Global Marathon 2012

The Visualizing Marathon is the world's largest student data visualization competition. This year, we're bringing the global student design community together for one weekend to tackle real world issues with data and design. Participate in two ways:
November 9th - 11th

Register by:
November 1 for In-Person Meetups
November 7 for Virtual Participation

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Meetup Locations

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Virtual Participation

Not able to attend a meetup? No problem! Participate virtually and work on your own or form a team.

Virtual Participants registered from:
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How It Works

Dive into data visualization alongside students from around the world. At the start of the marathon we'll unveil the data set and challenge you to design and build a project that creatively visualizes the data. You can work individually or in teams, participating online or at one of our in-person meetups. We'll be broadcasting workshops by data viz rockstars throughout the weekend. There will also be games, mini-challenges and more ways to connect with other students. Upload your finished project by the deadline, and then get to see what everyone else has been working on!

Competition & Prizes

We've lined up an awesome jury of leading data and design professionals to evaluate all the Marathon submissions and award over $10,000 in prizes. We'll have separate categories for Interactive and Infographic Design.


Who is Eligible?

The event is free for all participants. Students currently enrolled at the university level (undergraduate or graduate) can compete individually or in a team of up to four members.


Questions about data visualization, meetups, registration, or teams? Check out our FAQs page.


The weekend will go something like this:

Friday, November 9

Welcome and Introduction

16:00 UTC
Receive the challenge and data set

Keynote: Richard Saul Wurman

Broadcast online. Tune in even if you aren't taking part in the marathon!

Saturday, November 10

Designer Q&As;

4:30 UTC
Ben Hosken & Mahir Yavuz

Data Viz 101 Workshop

17:00 UTC
Alberto Cairo (Univ. of Miami)

Data Viz 201 Workshop

20:00 UTC
Kim Rees (Periscopic)

Designer Q&As;

22:00 UTC
Moritz Stefaner & Scott Murray

Student Showcase

Share your favorite work

Sunday, November 11

Closing Broadcast

Upload Your Work

23:00 UTC
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Interested in hosting your own meetup? Email Alexandra Pappas.

Have other questions, recommendations, or press inquiries? Email Charlene Manuel.