2016 Hudson Data Jam Competition

Making data "sing" through creative expression

Now in its third year, the Hudson Data Jam Competition challenges students to creatively tell stories for a general audience using data from the Hudson River watershed.

Registration for 2016 is closed.


The Hudson River Valley is one of the most inspirational and influential regions in our country. The National Park Service called it "the landscape that defined America."

This vital environmental and cultural resource has also been intensely studied for decades by scientists.  Yet despite the tremendous insight gained and great discoveries made about the Hudson, many of the river's stories are not well known by the people who call the Hudson River Valley home.

That's why we've begun the Hudson Data Jam Competition. We are looking for new, creative ways to present data-based stories about this 'defining' river and its watershed. Students will use at least one data set to create a graphic, rap song, sculptures, puppet shows, children's book--your imagination is the limit! For inspiration, check out these sample projects from around the country.

Cash prizes of $500, $300, and $100 will be awarded to the top projects at both the middle-school and high-school levels.

Enter the competition

If you’re a student
, you’re invited to use your creativity and skills to present data-based stories for a general audience—that means your mom, neighbor, little sister, and best friend. Check out our step-by-step guide for students to get started.

If you’re a teacher, you can encourage and help your students to enter the competition!  Throughout the Spring semester, we’ll be offering professional development trainings in data analysis and creative expression using Hudson River data.  You can also request us to come to your classroom to help get your students’ projects off the ground. Read through our guide for teachers for more details.

If you’re a parent, we encourage you to get involved in your students’ projects and join us at the Data Jam Expo!  Read through the competition rules & regulations  and check out examples of what your son or daughter will be creating.  The day of the Data Jam Expo will be a family-friendly afternoon, so bring the kids along! We’re inviting partner organizations to the event who will bring live animals and activities for kids of all ages.

Hudson Data Jam 2016

The Hudson Data Jam was made possible through generous funding from the Jean W. Nuhn Charitable Trust. Marist College is sponsoring the event by providing both a location for the Awards Expo and technical support for the electronic submission process. 


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