What is Iron Viz: Student Edition?

Learn more about Tableau’s student-only data visualization competition—Iron Viz: Student Edition.

How Iron Viz: Student Edition began

Tableau’s largest data visualization competition, Iron Viz, began based on the world-renowned Iron Chef cooking show during a Tableau Conference (TC) 2011 breakout session with a mere 300 people in attendance. Eleven years later, it has become a highly-anticipated, world-class keynote event. With the excitement around Iron Viz at TC, we wanted to create a space for students interested in developing their data skills through a fun and inclusive environment. And who doesn’t love some friendly competition? Iron Viz: Student Edition allows students to practice their Tableau skills and meet members of the Tableau Community before jumping into the larger Iron Viz competition. 

Who can participate in Iron Viz: Student Edition?

Students of all skill levels can participate in student Iron Viz as long as they’re currently enrolled at an accredited university. Whether you’re a new Tableau user or a data rockstar, you’re bound to gain new skills and inspiration in the process. 

Iron Viz: Student Edition data set and themes 

Iron Viz: Student Edition leverages the data sets used in the keynote Iron Viz competition at Tableau Conference. Our data sets have covered a range of topics, from weather to movies to food-focused themes. This year’s data set is centered around the global impact of education on a given region’s demographics. It is composed of educational statistics and figures by country and year from multiple data sources.

Get inspired by checking out the 2023 Iron Viz entries

Iron Viz: Student Edition contest details

Students have 30 days starting from the open submission window to download and prep the data, then create a mind-blowing viz published to Tableau Public

Tableau Public launched in 2010 with the purpose of making data social and to ignite a new movement on the web. With an effort to offer a free online platform that anyone could use to explore, create, and publicly share data visualizations. By driving compelling conversations around data, Tableau Public making data online fun, useful, and beautiful.

Once a student’s viz is published on Tableau Public and submitted through the contest form, Tableau experts judge the entries based on four criteria and announce the top three winners.

21/'22 Iron Viz: Student Edition Top 3 winners: Nivedhitha Mathan Kumar, Alex Johnson, and Michael Dunphy2

'21/'22 Iron Viz: Student Edition Top 3 winners: Nivedhitha Mathan Kumar, Alex Johnson, and Michael Dunphy

Judges and scoring 

Our judges consist of Tableau experts from the Tableau Community and Tableau Partners. Judges will score vizzes based on the following criteria:

  • (25 points) Design:Is the visualization beautiful, relevant, and effective?
  • (25 points) Storytelling:Is there a clear story being told or a question being explored, and is there appropriate context?
  • (25 points) Analysis: Is the data used in a way to explore?
  • (25 points) Best Practices:Rate the visualization in overall data best practices

'21/'22 Iron Viz: Student Edition Top 3 winning visualizations, left to right: History of the Billboard Hot 100 by Alex Johnson, Sentiment of Songs by Nivedhitha Mathan Kumar, Greta Van Fleet - Iron Viz: Student Edition 2021 by Michael Dunphy

What is the prize for winning Iron Viz: Student Edition?

Now, the fun part! Any student who enters Iron Viz: Student Edition gets the chance to build their Tableau Public portfolio to increase their employability, learn something new, get inspired, and take their data skills to the next level with the support of the Tableau Community. 

The top three will earn the humble-bragging rights that come with winning Iron Viz and be recognized on a global stage at Tableau Conference. They will also receive Tableau merchandise, a certification voucher, and an opportunity to attend Tableau Conference.

We will also highlight all the Iron Viz: Student Edition entries on Tableau Public. 

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