Viz Marathon is Nantes-bound!

9 OCTOBER 2012

Together, for the first time in France, with the Cluster du Quartier de la Création [Creative Arts District Cluster], L’École de design Nantes Atlantique is putting together the Viz Marathon, a global competition in information visualization (infovis) that will challenge competitors to devise design solutions aimed at complex global issues. The French edition will take place from November 9-11, 2012, at the Quartier de la Création [Creative Arts District] in Nantes. Over $10,000 in prizes will be awarded to the most creative.

Viz MarathonThe Viz Marathon is a timed team competition on the visualization of information and data processing open to design students (Interactive Design and Graphic Design). The three-day event will take place simultaneously across the globe, and will last twenty-seven (27) hours, broken down into 3 segments of 7, 12 and 8 hours. Students may sign up in one of two categories: Static Infographics or Interactive Applications. Teams must have 4 students, and the working language is English. Each team is expected to provide its own equipment (workstation and software), as well as food and beverages.

Free and open registration will run through October 26, pending spots available, via

The 3rd edition
Organized by in partnership with General Electric (GE), the 3rd edition of this competition will take place at the same time with Beijing (China), Hong Kong, Nairobi (Kenya), Sao Paulo (Brazil), New York, New York, Baltimore, Maryland, and Columbus, Ohio (U.S.A.), London, Brighton and Bristol (United Kingdom), Potsdam (Germany), and Namur and Leuven (Belgium).

The Quartier de la Création [Creative Arts District] is a cluster whose main objective is to provide insight, guidance and assistance to cultural and creative entrepreneurs, facilitate their set-up and access to funding, and encourage networking. The cluster boasts multiple players and partners (entrepreneurs and project owners, students, teachers and researchers, artists and associations, and scientific and technical actors) in an open and partner-driven mindset.

Founded in 1988, L’École de design Nantes Atlantique is a private institution for higher technical education managed by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Nantes and St. Nazaire. Today, it has nearly 920 students spread out in its various curricula. It offers programs tailored to design professions, and in particular, Graphic and Interactive Design. The school’s research laboratories (Design Labs) and partnered projects illustrate its penchant for innovation in all of its endeavors. Recognized for its career-building educational programs, it pushes its students to venture outside of their comfort zone by fostering their participation in international competitions.

Date: November 9-11, 2012
Location: Quartier de la Création [Creative Arts District] in Nantes, France
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