Welcome to the 1st annual Student Data Visualization Contest! This contest encourages students at the University of San Francisco to "change the world from here" using visualization. Various prizes will be given out to the best entries at the end of the semester. 

Submissions are now CLOSED. See the bottom of the page for the 2013 winners!


You must submit an interactive web-based visualization. You may use any dataset, but must justify how your visualization of that dataset helps "change the world from here" according to the core mission and values at the University of San Francisco.

Specifically, in addition to an interactive visualization, your submission should include the following:

  • Your interactive visualization(s). You may have a single interactive visualization, or multiple interactive visualizations showing different perspectives of the same dataset.

  • A user guide detailing how to interact with your visualization.

  • A section describing your dataset, how to obtain the dataset, and any cleaning, parsing, and analysis you performed on the dataset.

  • A section describing how your visualization helps "change the world from here" according to the core mission and values at the University of San Francisco. For example, does your visualization bring attention to issues of social justice, promote a diversity of perspectives, or attempt to pursue truth of complex issues?

  • A profile section, giving your name, your email address, and a brief bio.

See the Judging section for more information on how your visualization will be evaluated, and the Submission section for how to submit your visualization.

Web Hosting

Your submission must be accessible via the web. For example, you could use D3, GitHub Gist, and to host your visualization, or R, ggplot2, GitHub Gist, and shiny. The judges will have the necessary software installed to run Shiny webapps hosted on Gist locally.


Each visualization will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • How well the visualization promotes the core mission and values of the University of San Francisco.
  • Effectiveness of the visualization(s) at transforming the underlying data into insight and information.
  • Creativity and aesthetics of the visualization(s).

The winners will be determined by a panel of judges. These judges will rate each visualization based on the above criteria, and the visualizations with the highest ratings will be the winners of the contest. Any ties will be broken by the panel of judges.


The judges for this contest include:


Prizes will be awarded to the first place winner and two honorable mention winners, and will be showcased on this website. Winners will be announced and prizes distributed on Friday, May 17, 2013.

First Place

The first place winner for the best overall visualization will receive a Wacom Bamboo Create Pen and Touch Tablet.

Honorable Mentions


There will be two honorable mention prizes awarded. One recipient will receive an Apple iPod Shuffle in Slate, and the other recipient will receive a Roku LT Streaming Player.


To submit your visualization for consideration, please fill out the form with a link to your visualization at:

All submissions are due by 4:00pm PST on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Late submissions will not be accepted.

If you are taking CS 360/686 Data Visualization this semester, you must still enter your project using the above form to be considered for this contest.


Congratulations to our 2013 USF Student Data Visualization Contest! See their entries below.

1st Place: Luke Lamonica

Submission: Clean-Air Act Chemicals Released in U.S. Counties

2nd Place: Eric Reynolds

Eric Reynolds

Submission: Population Change Over the Decade

3rd Place: Kristin Henry

Submission: WHO 2000 Data on Global Cild Mortality