KSA Announces Winners of the Data Visualization Challenge Student Competition


KSA students developed 15 projects for the Data Visualization Challenge, part of the 2012 Visualizing Global Marathon held over the weekend of November 9-11.  The Knowlton School of Architecture ran its own internal competition in coordination with the larger Global Marathon, recognizing the top three projects developed for the KSA Competition. KSA Competition winners received $1,000 in prize money. The School’s participation in the Global Marathon, and oversight of the internal KSA Competition were managed by KSA Architecture Assistant Professor Karen Lewis.

Entries to both the larger Global Marathon and the KSA’s Data Visualization Challenge competition focused on one of three Visualization Challenges:

  • Disease Alerts
  • Understanding the Global Flights Network
  • Contextualizing the U.S. Presidential Election in Social Media

KSA Competition Winners

First Place: $500 prize | Elizabeth Fischer and Patrick Vokaty for “disease n’ dots”

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Honorable Mention: $250 prize | Antoinette Belsen and Alyson Klenke for “Global Flight Networks: A study of flight and economic development”

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Honorable Mention: $250 prize | Zachary Kenitzer for “Visualizing the Election for President of the United States”

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Furthermore, Ohio State University was recognized by the Visualizing Global Marathon organizers as having the most registered students in the international competition, for which the University was awarded $500.

In total, about 40 KSA students worked on the 15 Data Visualization Challenge projects, and were among more 1,000 student competitors from 176 universities and 38 countries that took part in the Visualizing Global Marathon. Winners of the Global Marathon will be announced on December 5.  A separate People’s Choice Winner will also be announced. To cast votes for the People‘s Choice award, visit the competition website before the December 3 voting deadline.

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