2013 Award Winners

on December 31, 2013

(This is the fifth post in our Year in Review series. The previous post allowed readers to vote for their favorite viz of 2013.)

Tableau Public authors had a banner year in 2013, winning a number of impressive awards and showing the rest of us how to haul in the hardware. In this blog post, we'd like to celebrate the amazing work of eight award winners, and put their winning dashboards on display once more before 2013 is finally in the rear view mirror.

We'll take a chronological approach, progressing through the year one contest winner at a time, starting with Ryan Sleeper, winner of our own Elite 8 contest.

1. April 12: The Tableau Elite 8 Contest - Ryan Sleeper
After we released Tableau Public 8 to the world this past March, we asked authors to remake an existing viz using the latest version's new features. It was our first tournament-style contest, and Ryan Sleeper of OSMguy.com capitalized on the addition of packed bubbles and floating dashboard objects to win with a remake of his XVAL baseball comparison tool:

2. June 20th: The 2013 GEN Data Journalism Awards - La Nacion and Wales Online
The Global Editors Network announced eight winners of their 2013 Data Journalism Awards this past June, and two online newspapers won for work that featured Tableau Public data visualizations.

The first, from Argentina's La Nacion, highlights discrepancies in politician spending:

And the second, from Wales Online, takes a look at where children in governmental care are placed:

3. June 28th: The Tableau Civic Data Viz Contest - Jim Wahl
Our second contest of the year, the Tableau Civic Data Viz Contest, was won by this entry from Jim Wahl, who earned a spot in the 2013 Iron Viz competition at the annual Tableau Customer Conference with his look at the state of volunteerism in America:

Jim Wahl's Volunteerism in America

4. August 9th: The Tableau Social Media Viz Contest - Kelly Martin
In our third and final Iron Viz lead-in contest, we challenged participants to visualize social media data. VizCandy's Kelly Martin won with her innovative look at tweets about the popular HBO series Game of Thrones:

Kelly Martin's Game of Thrones reaction tweets

5. September 11th: The 2013 TCC Iron Viz Championship - Ryan Sleeper
Ryan Sleeper, Kelly Martin and Jim Wahl did battle on stage in the wildly popular Iron Viz Contest at this year's Tableau Customer Conference. Our three contest winners were given a DataSift extract of 1-10 movie ratings on Twitter. Ryan won with this interesting look at the relationship between movie age and ratings:

Ryan Sleeper's Winning Iron Viz Contest Entry

6. October 2nd: The Visualizing.org RWJF Hospital Price Transparency Challenge - Adam McCann
Tableau Public author Adam McCann won first place in the interactive visualization category of the RWJF Hospital Price Transparency Contest with this dashboard that allows users to take advantage of the data set recently released by Medicare:

Adam McCann's MyOptimalHospital

7. December 11th: Civic Data Challenge 2013 - Heyu Xiong, Sehj Kashyapp, and Nitya Narasimhan
Lastly, three collaborators won an honorable mention in the 2013 Civic Data Challenge with this extensive dashboard that takes a look at volunteerism in America:

Civic Data Challenge Entry

Again, we wish all of this past year's winners and contest participants a hearty congratulations. We're looking forward to seeing what contestants create in 2014. The bar is continually rising!

Happy New Year,