Visualizing Marathon 2011: Berlin Winner

Visualizing Marathon 2011: Berlin Winner

On December 3-4, students from 12 universities gathered for the Visualizing Marathon 2011: Berlin. Held at the Urania Berlin, this was the last event of the Visualizing Marathon 2011 program, which engaged students in data visualization competitions throughout the world.

Students were challenged to visualize the impact of demographic shifts on Germany’s economy and healthcare system. With the country’s population expected to contract by 20% in the next 50 years, the European economy in crisis and government spending under scrutiny, students were tackling a critical issue — a point that Greg Farrett of GE emphasized during his welcome to the students. Expert designers Moritz Stefaner and Gregor Aisch offered students valuable tips and techniques during their workshops and answered questions after participants had the opportunity to delve into the data. Over the course of 24 hours, the teams of students took their projects from concept to sketch to finished visualization.

Congratulations to Siddharth Dasari, Silvia Recalcati and Giulia Peretti for their winning visualization, The Grand Aging Debate. Jurors praised the project's sophisticated grasp of the topic and its polished presentation. As an overall image, it succeeds in immediately conveying the sense of an impending societal problem, and on closer inspection many details emerge to bolster the analysis.

Jurors also offered high praise for Aging Germany, a close second choice as Honorable Mention. This striking project, by Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler, Valentin Oellers, Jack Wolf and Martin Stieh, presents the user with a simple but effective interaction that includes a surprising twist at the end. Congratulations to the team for their great work.

Also selected for an Honorable Mention was Demografischer Wandel in Deutschland by Lukas Kerecz, Miriam Horn, Lia Kurowski and Lukas Klimmek.

Many thanks to our jurors Enrico Bertini (Fell in Love with Data), Greg Farrett (GE), Camille Kubie (GE), Thomas Ramge (brandeins), Hans Schregelmann (GE), and Benjamin Wiederkehr ( Additional thanks to our Academic Partners and all of the students who participated.

See all of the entries here.

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