You studied for grades, now viz for glory.

We are bringing the fun and excitement of Iron Viz exclusively to students! Iron Viz is the world’s largest data viz competition that ignites and showcases the Tableau Community. Iron Viz: Student Edition is a student-only virtual competition for students that are looking to up level their viz skills, connect with the Tableau Community, and prepare for the great Iron Viz! 

The top 3 winners will get Tableau merch, Tableau certification package to add to your resume, and the opportunity to showcase their vizzes with 2020 Iron Viz winners.

The submission window has closed. 

How It Works

1. Join Tableau for Students

You will need Tableau Desktop to complete your visualization. Don't worry—with Tableau for Students, students receive Tableau licenses and elearning for free. Once you verify your student status, you will receive instructions on how to get started with your Tableau Desktop license. 

Get a license

2. Create a Tableau Public Profile

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

create a profile

3. Get the Data

This year's Iron Viz data theme was around the Environment. Download this data folder to access guidelines and recommended data sets.

download the data

4. Submit your Viz

Publish your visualization to a Tableau Public profile (learn how to do this here). Be sure the data you are using can be shared publicly. Once published, include a link to your published visualization through the submission form.


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See what Iron Viz is all about

Iron Viz is an action packed, high energy, visualization sensation that brings out the best that Tableau can do. Take a peek at what Iron Viz is like at Tableau Conference to get inspired for Iron Viz: Student Edition.


Iron Viz: Student Edition FAQ

How is Iron Viz: Student Edition different from Iron Viz?

Iron Viz: Student Edition is exclusively for students! Iron Viz: Student Edition is for 18+ students that are looking to develop their viz skills, but aren’t quite ready to compete at the Iron Viz level. This virtual program is a great starting point into the world of Viz competitions. Students will also have the opportunity to connect with Iron Viz winners and meet members of the Tableau Community.

How will the vizzes be judged?

The judging criteria will be based on 100 points:

  • Creativity (25 points) - Does the viz present insights in an interesting way? 
  • Beauty/Design (25 points) - Is the visualization beautiful, relevant, and effective?
  • Analytical Depth (25 points) - Was the data used in a way to explore?
  • Best Practices (25 points) - Rate the visualization in overall best practices

What is the theme and submission deadline?

The theme for 2020 Iron Viz: Student Edition will be around the Environment, and you can download the data here. The deadline  will be on December 20,2020 at 11:59 PM PT and the winners will be announced on or before January 15, 2021.

How many entries can one person make?

Only one entry per round is allowed and work must be original. You can make edits to your submission up until the deadline. If you submit multiple entries, only the most recent entry will be considered.

How will the winner be chosen?

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

  • Design
  • Storytelling
  • Analysis
  • Best Practices

The winners will be announced on the Tableau Public blog on or around January 15, 2021.


What are the prizes?

  • Tableau merch
  • Exam Readiness Training 
  • Behind the Viz: Meet with the Iron Viz winners to discuss the winning vizzes

Get Viz Inspired

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No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Contest runs from 10/07/2020 12:01 AM PT to 12/20/2020 11:59PM PT. Open to legal residents of the U.S. (incl. D.C.), Australia, Canada (excl. Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and U.K. Must be 18+. Country of residence and other restrictions apply. See Official Rules.