Where will the next great data viz come from?
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 will advance to the 2021 Iron Viz Championship this November.Watch
The 2021 Iron Viz Qualifier is OPEN
For 2021—your mission is clear. Viz what you love. Movies? Sports? Music? Anything is open and on the table. We want you to focus on vizzing the topics that bring you joy.
Similar to 2020—we will have ONE global qualifier contest with a deadline of July 2nd to submit your visualizations.Learn more
How it Works
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.
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.
Create a profile
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.
4. Submit your viz
User Group Event: All About Iron Viz 2021
Learn tips and tricks from Iron Viz 2020 Winner Christian Felix and #IronQuest founder Sarah Bartlett. Now on-demand
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.
Watch the 2020 Iron Viz
While we wait for the 2021 Iron Viz to take place, relive all of the excitement from the world's largest data visualization contest from 2020. The "environment" category produced some incredible data visualizations from our talented community members.Watch Iron Viz 2020
Iron Viz 2021
|June 2nd, 2021 - July 2nd, 2021||
Iron Viz Qualifier*
Iron Viz Championship
Official Iron Viz Qualifier Rules
Qualifier Contest Resources
7 resources to kickstart your Iron Viz entry
Create a compelling Iron Viz entry in ten steps
If Data Could Talk with Iron Viz Champion, Christian Felix
How to find the best sources for free, public data sets
How to create a winning viz
How to save vizzes on Tableau Public
Storytelling with data
Qualifier Contest FAQ
What is the theme and what is the submission deadline?
|Contest||Theme||Announcement Date||Submission Deadline|
|Iron Viz Qualifier||Viz what you love||June 2, 2021||July 2, 2021|
What are the terms of participating?
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?
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:
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.
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.