Who are the finalists of the 2023 Iron Viz Qualifiers?
The 2023 Iron Viz Qualifier Contest results are in, and once again, our judges had no easy task. This year’s theme was games. Data sets and visualizations could be anything from esports and video games to sports, board games, and more. It was inspiring to see the wide variety among the 200+ submissions. But alas, only three get to advance to the Iron Viz Championship at Tableau Conference in 2023. Who are these talented data storytellers? Read on.
Iron Viz Qualifier judging
We asked Tableau Ambassadors, Visionaries, and past Iron Viz finalists to help us narrow down all the incredible vizzes to the Top 15, which include seven first-time entrants! Entries were scored according to the following criteria:
Design: How appropriate is the design for the story being told?
Storytelling: Is a clear story being told or a question being explored, and is there appropriate context?
Analysis: How sophisticated and appropriate is the data that is being used for the story?
Submissions were separated into three geographical regions to ensure diversity: AMER, EMEA, and APAC. The highest scoring viz in each are our finalists, with the following four vizzes per region chosen as runners-up.
Thank you to our community judges: Greg Barlin, Brandi Beals, Simon Beaumont, Irene Diomi, Fraser Gallop, Roshni Gohil, Nisa Marques, Alice McKnight, Adam Mico, Sean Miller, Samuel Parsons, Amitesh Patara, Prasann Premm, Annabelle Rincon, Alex Waleczek, Mo Wootten
Who did the judges determine as the top 15 Iron Viz visualizations?
The Iron Viz Qualifier is a challenging endeavor. Participants spend weeks sourcing and preparing their own data, trying new techniques, and pushing their skills to the limits to create the ultimate visualization and share the story behind it. We are incredibly proud of their dedication and amazed by their accomplishments. Check out the top entries below, and you can explore all of this year’s entries here. You can also watch a recap of the Tableau Community Iron Viz Top 15 Finalist Announcement led by the championship co-host, Tableau Lead Solutions Engineer Archana Ganeshalingam, and Tableau National Solutions Engineer Mark Bradbourne.
The Unofficial Beginner’s Guide to the 2022 World Cup by Kim Tricker of Orlando, Florida, USA, breaks down the men’s international football competition—from tournament format to past winners and the players to watch.
Jonny’s Drop: The Story of the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final by Chris Westlake of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, explores the road to the 2003 World Cup final, where Jonny Wilkinson’s extra-time drop goal gave England a dramatic win.
Fight in the Skies: A First World War Aerial Combat Game by Bo McCready of Austin, Texas, USA, highlights features of the game, personal connections, and the history of the real-life aviators who informed the design.
The Blazing of the Trail by Darragh Murray of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, provides a guided tour of the evolution of participation by women in Australian Rules Football with an emphasis on the development of the AFLW.
Ascent - The Rise of Women in Rock Climbing by Nicole Klassen of Atlanta, Georgia, USA, examines percentages of women climbers, what drives them to participate in the sport, the performance gap, and more.
(Nearly) A Year of Wordle: A Family Adventure by Agata Ketterick of Scarborough, Maine, USA, digs into the data of her own family’s daily Wordle challenge to determine the average number of guesses, letter frequency, word categories, and more.
Give a round of applause to our three Iron Viz 2023 finalists moving on to the championship
Spiel des Jahres by Brittany Rosenau of Tavares, Florida, USA, demonstrates how an annual German competition recognizing outstanding games created in a given year can help you find your next favorite.
What’s The Best Board Game To Try Next? by Paul Ross of Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia, introduces Birthday Buzz, a simple metric that identifies an awesome short list of games from BoardGameGeek (BGG).
The Greatest Game Of All Time by Nirosh Perera of London, England, United Kingdom, examines the Wimbledon 2008 men’s singles championship match that pitted the then-top-ranked Roger Federer against second-ranked Rafael Nadal.
Congratulations to our viz-tastic finalists, and thank you to everyone that participated. Who will claim victory, bragging rights, and thousands of dollars in prize money for themselves and a charity of their choice? You’ll want to have a front-row seat at Tableau Conference 2023.