Call for Participation

The 27th Annual Graph Drawing Contest shall be held in conjunction with the 28th International Symposium on Graph Drawing and Network Visualization (GD 2020).

The contest has two parts: the Creative Topics and the Live Challenge.

Creative Topics

The creative topics are provided a year in advance and focus on free-form visualisation of specific graphs. Two graphs are provided, and participants are invited to submit any drawings of one or both of the graphs. The submissions will be judged by the contest committee during the symposium. This year's topics are the Hrafnkels Saga graph, and the K-pop graph.

For details, see here.

Live Challenge

The live challenge will be held during the conference in a format similar to a typical programming contest, where teams are presented with a collection of challenge graphs and have approximately one hour to submit their highest scoring drawings. This year the challenge will focus on minimizing the number of crossings in an upward drawing on a fixed grid. The tool will become available before the conference.

For details, see here.


Thanks to our generous sponsors, a monetary prize will be handed out to to up to three submissions in each of the following four categories:

  • Creative Topics: Hrafnkels Saga
  • Creative Topics: K-pop
  • Live Challenge: Automatic Category
  • Live Challenge: Manual Category

Contest Committee

Philipp Kindermann
Universität Würzburg
Tamara Mchedlidze
Karlsruhe Institute
of Technology
Wouter Meulemans
Eindhoven University
of Technology
Ignaz Rutter
Universität Passau