Tableau Ironviz 2023 Qualifiers: Top 3 in Asia-Pacific & Top 15 Overall!

What an end to the year!

I found out early this morning that I placed in the top 15 and third in the Asia-Pacific region in Tableau’s annual Iron Viz competition for my interactive visual essay on the evolution of the AFLW “The Blazing of the Trail“.

Screen shot of Iron Viz Submission

If you weren’t aware, Iron Viz is the globe’s preeminent data visualisation competition, and placing among the top entries is a huge privilege, given the talent on enormous display.

I am particularly thrilled about this result because I *almost* did not submit my entry as I was in the throws of COVID-19 when the deadline loomed.

Again many kudos go to my WDBI colleagues at JLL, who actively encourage the team members to express their creativity and skills in competitions like this.

I’d like to (once again) thank my colleague CJ Mayes for being a sounding board for many of the ideas I ended up putting into my entry. Michelle Frayman and Kimly Scott from the Tableau community also provided practical, constructive criticism that improved my visualisation!

Thirdly, I’d like to thank Tableau and the competition judges for being brave enough to select a visual essay concerning a very niche topic as one of the topic entries for this year’s competition. Australia Rules Football, let alone women’s footy, likely isn’t well known in the global sporting scene.

If you want to see the visualisation – I’ve linked it here:

Lastly, well done to the lucky three finalists for IronViz 2023 – Brittany Rosenau, Paul Roos and Nirosh Perera. Your visualisations are AMAZING, and you all thoroughly deserve your place in the grand final in Las Vegas next year. Best of luck!