Win a trip to Seattle and a chance at $2,000

"If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?" -Vince Lombardi

Sports. It's an undeniable obsession for nearly every culture around the globe. And it's chock-full of scores, stats, and all kinds of data goodness. That's why it's the focus of our first Iron Viz feeder contest, the Elite 8 Sports Viz Contest! Take any sports data you want and make a viz about it. If your viz gets chosen as one of the "Elite 8" you'll go head-to-head with the other top vizzers through a bracket-style match up and compete for Twitter votes!

Need some Inspiration?

Tableau Public's "Gamemaker"- Jewel Loree- was never an athlete. However, she did compete in competitive marching band. To commemorate the most sport-like thing she ever did, she created this dashboard on Drum Corps International, the Major League of marching band. (ESPN broadcasts the DCI championship so it is totally a sport.) Click the buttons on the top to see historic scores for each corps. Check out the charts below the map to see how the Blue Devils of Concord, California dominate the competition. Click on a winning program to watch it on youtube.

How to Enter

Find some sports data.

Find some related to a sport of your choosing. For this contest, we are going with the SportAccord definition of a sport:

  • have an element of competition
  • be in no way harmful to any living creature
  • not rely on equipment provided by a single supplier (excluding proprietary games such as arena football)
  • not rely on any "luck" element specifically designed into the sport
So, competitive marching band, chess tournaments, and the like totally count! If you make a good argument for your dashboard being sports related, we won't fight you. The data you use can be game or player stats, team-related, league standings, social media engagement... really anything obliquely related to sports. So, if you are like Jewel and aren't a sports nut, there's still plenty of awesome data out there to work with!

Submitting your Viz

Use the entry form below to submit your viz. Any edits you make after you submit your viz will be automatically updated when you save to Tableau Public, so don't worry about resubmitting if you made a few changes

Judging, Voting, and the Bracket

Submissions will be accepted through March 21st, 2014. Judges will determine the Elite 8 contestants based on storytelling, design, and analysis. The chosen Elite 8 will be announced on March 24th and duke it out in daily bracket style match-ups, competing for your votes. You can cast your vote by tweeting with the special hashtags we assign for each Elite 8 contestant.

What you’ll win

A 3-day trip to Seattle and a chance at $2000

The winner chosen by our judges will also take away a free roundtrip ticket to attend the 2014 Tableau Conference. This includes 3 night’s accommodations in Seattle and a chance to compete in the Iron Viz championship with the winners of our two other contests. The winner of Iron Viz will take away a new iPad, and $2,000.


Our 2nd place vizzer will receive a $500 gift card.

Who can enter?

This contest is open to any adult in the US or UK. Don't live in the US or UK? We haven't forgotten you! We are expanding to other countries for our other contests later this year, but the legal requirements take time to compile. In the meantime, our apologies! Read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

How it works

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  • Step 1

    Download the FREE Tableau Public tool
    (If you already have Tableau Public go to STEP 2)

    Anyone can do it. With Tableau Public’s free online tool you can create interactive graphs, dashboards, maps and tables from virtually any data and embed them on your website or blog.

    Get Tableau Public
    Microsoft® Windows® Vista, XP, Server 2008, Server 2003, 2000, Windows 7 and virtualized environments when they are configured with the proper underlying Windows operating system.
  • Step 2

    Create and publish your “viz” to your blog or website

    Choose any sports related data you'd like and make a viz of it. Be sure to embed your viz on your blog or website.

    • Learn How to Create a "Viz”
      Watch the Videos
    • Looking for ideas? Get inspired.

      Step 3

      Submit your entry form

      Fill out the entry form and submit by 11:59 pm PST March 21, 2014. A panel of judges will evaluate all submissions based on attractiveness, storytelling, and use of Tableau 8 features. The Elite 8 will be announced at 2:00pm PST on March 24, 2014.

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