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Hudson Data Jam Competition

Now entering its 10th year, the Hudson Data Jam Competition challenges students to creatively tell the science stories of the Hudson River watershed.

Hudson Data Jam 2023

New This Year: 

1) Want to use a unique dataset not listed in our collection? Email us a message ( that includes a link to the proposed dataset, or attach a file. Cary Educators will evaluate whether the dataset may be used in the competition.

2) Virtual drop-in support sessions for students, beginning in February 2023.

Join us for the 10th Annual Data Jam Awards Celebration!

Join us virtually on April 11th from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST to see this winners of this year's Data Jam. Register here for event information.

Why a Data Jam?

The Hudson River Valley has been intensely studied by scientists for decades. Yet despite the tremendous discoveries made about the Hudson, many of the river's science stories are not well known by the people who call the Hudson Valley home. We believe that the skills of understanding, interpreting, and presenting data are essential in a world where our ability to collect data outpaces our ability to make it understandable for a public audience.

Data Jammers will immerse themselves in authentic, local datasets collected by professional scientists, including Cary Institute ecologists. Whether students create a graphic, song, video, sculpture, computer game, puppet show, or children's book...their imagination is the limit!

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top projects at the elementary, middle, and high school levels during our Awards Ceremony & Celebration on Tuesday, April 11, 2023.

Have fun Data Jamming, and if you have questions along the way you can always connect with us at or on our Hudson Data Jam Facebook page.


Seeking Data Jam judges

Interested in supporting the 2023 Data Jam as a judge (or know a scientist, artist, or educator who might be)? Find out how your scientific, artistic, and/or educational perspective(s) can be valuable to the judging process.

Judge Interest Form



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