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What is Iron Viz?

Iron Viz—the world’s largest virtual data visualization competition—ignites and showcases the power of the Tableau Community, giving you the opportunity to interact with data rockstars worldwide. Three finalists (determined by the Iron Viz Qualifier Contest earlier this year) will advance to the Iron Viz Championship this October.

Join us during this live broadcast to see dynamic data storytelling in action during Tableau Conference. (Psst, it's 100% free to attend and virtual so everyone can join.)

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Although Tableau Conference is over-ish, you still have time to catch all the action of Iron Viz and a whole lot more. Watch on demand—anytime, anywhere. Chose from a wide range of episodes to get your fill of fun, learning, and inspiration.

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Excited about Iron Viz? Want to learn a bit more about the event? We understand, which is why we've compiled this kit to ensure you have everything you need to know about Iron Viz 2020 to make the most of your time before and during the event. Plus, we've thrown in a bunch of fun things too!

So go on—cut out your crowns and prepare to get vizzy with us. We guarantee you’ll be on the edge of your seat excited as you watch our Iron Viz finalists take the virtual stage.

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Perhaps it was the fact that this was a formal competition or that I spent more time than previous visualizations, but something about this contest allowed me to really up my game. So, while none of them won, I learned so much in creating them, taking a big leap forward in my development, so it was well worth it.

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Who participated in the Qualifier Contest?

In this Iron Viz Qualifier Contest, entrants were invited to create data visualizations on the topic of 'health and wellness.' Submissions were accepted until August 4, 2020.

The contest is now closed but you can explore all the Iron Viz entries that were submitted (over 370!) earlier this summer from around the world.

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Iron Viz 2020

Date Name Announcements Prizes
June 30, 2020 - August 4, 2020

Iron Viz Qualifier*

  • Free registration for Tableau Conference 2021
October, 2020

Iron Viz Championship

  • 1st place: $10,000 cash prize and $5,000 donation to a nonprofit of choice
  • 2nd place: $5,000 cash prize and $2,000 donation to a nonprofit of choice
  • 3rd place: $2,000 cash prize and $1,000 donation to a nonprofit of choice
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Iron Viz 2019

It wouldn't be Tableau Conference without the fiercest data competition of them all: Iron Viz. The visualization showdown took the three winners—or "the cream of the crop"—of Tableau Public, global-qualifier competitions and put them in a pressure cooker of a live vizzing event. In front of a massive live audience with thousands more watching online, the Iron Viz contenders were given 20 minutes to cook up a showstopping viz to tantalize, sizzle, and reign supreme.

Relive the action from the Iron Viz Championship at the 2019 Tableau Conference in Las Vegas.

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2019 Champions

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Diverse Diners

Hesham Eissa

Iron Viz 2019 co-champion Hesham Eissa took the food data set and made maps within maps and transparent sheets to display the diversity of cuisines around the world.

The Taste of America

Joshua Smith

Iron Viz 2019 co-champion Joshua Smith focused on a personal story—a story of how one dinner with a friend drastically changed how he saw the world and the data in it.

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Predict the Dream

Anna Dzikowska

Iron Viz Europe 2019 co-champion Anna Dzikowska focussed on the predictive powers of five countries that have been successful at picking the winning country.

Iron Viz Europe 2019 co-champion Simon Stusak answered a series of questions: how did a country fare in a given year? What were their average and total points scored? How did they compare to prior years?

Qualifier Contest Resources

Content Type Name
BLOG POST

Why you should enter Iron Viz

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR

Iron Viz Champion Timothy Vermeiren reveals his secrets

BLOG POST

How to find the best sources for free, public data sets

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR

How to create a winning viz

KNOWLEDGE BASE

How to save vizzes on Tableau Public

VIDEO

Storytelling with data

How it Works

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1. Download Tableau Desktop

You will need Tableau Desktop to create your visualization. Download and install the free version of the software, Tableau Desktop Public Edition.


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2. Create a Tableau Public profile

Only visualizations published to a Tableau Public profile will be considered valid entries for the contest. If you don't already have one, create a profile on Tableau Public.


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3. Get the data

Any data set you find interesting related to the theme! Need help finding a data set? Here are some tips from 2017 Iron Viz finalist Jacob Olsufka.


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4. Submit your viz

Publish your visualization to Tableau Public profile (learn how to do this here). Be sure the data you're using data can be shared publicly. Once published, submit a link to your published visualization to enter the contest. The Iron Viz Qualifier Contest ended on August 4, 2020.

Qualifier Contest FAQ

What is the theme and what is the submission deadline?


Contest Theme Announcement Date Submission Deadline
Iron Viz Qualifier Health and wellness June 30, 2020 August 4, 2020

What are the terms of participating?

Please refer to the official rules for the qualifier contest:

How many entries may one person make?

One entry per person. If you need to make changes to your viz after submitting, please make those changes prior to the submission deadline.

Can I use any data?

This qualifier contest allows for any data. Please ensure the data set(s) you choose are related to the theme. Please be considerate of others, and do not use a data set that might be found overly offensive. We would also like you to consider image rights when including visuals in your visualization.

Am I required to make my data set(s) or viz downloadable?

If possible provide a link to your source(s) in the footnote or description of your viz and allow 'Download' for the viz you submit. This allows others to learn from your work, just as you can learn from others. Making vizzes downloadable can be done by signing in to Tableau Public, click on the viz you created, and checking the box "Allow workbook and its data to be downloaded by others", then click save.

Who can I contact if I am having problems with Tableau Public?

You may contact Tableau Public at public@tableau.com, please include Viz Contest in the subject line. Note that submissions can only be made via the submission form.

How will the winner be chosen?

A panel of judges comprised of Tableau ambassadors, previous Iron Viz finalists, data viz experts, and guest judges will evaluate all submissions based on the following criteria:

  1. Design
  2. Storytelling
  3. Analysis

Analysis will be the tiebreaker in case two vizzes have the same overall score. Should the Analysis score also be tied, the panel of judges will make a final decision.

The qualifier winners will be announced on the Tableau Public blog on or around September 4, 2020. See the timeline above for the link to this blog post once it is published.

Will I receive my scores?

We will publish the scores for the top 10 vizzes on the Tableau Public blog. Scores for the Top 100 entrants can be provided upon request after the contest is over.

Can I receive feedback on my work?

Yes, all entrants will receive their scores after the contest is over. The 'top 10' are eligible to receive additional feedback directly from the judges.

Why isn't my country included in the list of eligible countries for participation?

Some countries are not listed because of peculiar requirements to run a sweepstakes like Iron Viz.

Why are the scores I received in my feedback email higher than the scores of the top 10?

All submissions are scored by a panel of judges. The average of these scores is what you see in your feedback email. From those scores, the ‘top 10’ submissions are identified and provided to a panel of industry expert judges. The scores from this panel are what you see in the results blog posts.