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This competition has ended. Thank you to all who participated. You may see submissions and competition results here.

If you are an U-M student doing research that involves coding, simulations, or data analysis, chances are you have a lot of data to show. But what is the best way to do it? What is the best way to reach your audience and convey your message? As the old adage says “a picture is worth a thousand words”, so making your data interactive, showing it in 3D, or making a video are a few options. To give you the chance to be creative and show the world your work, the Scientific Computing Student Club has partnered with NVIDIA, MICDE and the U-M 3D Lab to sponsor the 2017 NVIDIA Visualization Challenge.



  • Registration opens February 2, 2017
  • Registration deadline is March 1, 2017 @ 5:00 p.m. E.T.


  • Demo is due on April 1, 2017 @ 5:00 p.m. E.T. 
  • Send your Demo to sc2-officers@umich.edu with the subject:”2017 Visualization Challenge” ( a google drive attachment is ok)
  • Include any instructions in the body of the email.

The winners will be announced at MICDE’s 2017 Annual Symposium on April 18, 2017.

A tour of the U-M 3D Lab is scheduled for February 16 @ 5:00 p.m. Registration required.

Have questions? Email sc2-officers@umich.edu

1 We reserve the right to find the 1st place “vacant” / SC17 Visualization Showcase submission closes on July 31
2 If the first place cannot attend Supercomputing ’17, the second place would take his/her place

  1. Single student competition, must be an enrolled U-M student
  2. Registration is required by the deadline, and it is capped at 50 students on a first-come, first-served basis
  3. The demo should take between 2-5 minutes and be self-explanatory; user interaction allowed!
  4. You must have permission from owners/co-authors/supervisors to use the data
  5. Criteria: overall visual impact; efficiency/effectiveness (can the viewer/user understand what their seeing?); tools used (interactive, 3D, …)

You can submit questions to sc2-officers@umich.edu

  1. Where can I get help?
    • You can submit questions to the SC2 forum:  scsquareforum@googlegroups.com. You must either be an SC2 member or a Forum member to post questions (see micde.umich.edu/sc2 for registration). Please use the TAG 2017Challenge
  2. Do you have an example?
  3. Can we work in a team?
    • No, it is a single student competition, and you must have permission to use the data you want to show