Call for participation

The 30th Annual Graph Drawing Contest shall be held in conjunction with the 31st International Symposium on Graph Drawing and Network Visualization (GD 2023).

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

Creative Topic

The creative topic is provided a year in advance and focuses on free-form visualization of a specific graph. Participants are invited to submit a creative drawing of this graph that evokes exploration and understanding the graph. The submissions will be judged by the contest committee. This year’s topic is Boardgame Recommendations.

Read the details on the Creative Topic

Live Challenge

The live challenge will be Wednesday evening, September 20, 18:00-19:00 CEST/UTC+2 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 (either created manually, or automatically). This year the challenge will focus on minimizing crossings, when drawing a graph by assigning its vertices to a given set of locations. Remote participation is possible.

Read the details on the Live Challenge


An overview of the results can be found on the results page.


Awards will be given to the top submissions in each of the contests. We thank Neo4j for sponsoring this year’s awards.

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Contest Committee

Philipp Kindermann
(Universität Trier, since 2015)

Fabian Klute
(Polytechnic University of Catalonia, since 2022)

Tamara Mchedlidze
(Utrecht University, since 2019)

Wouter Meulemans
(chair, TU Eindhoven, since 2020)

Debajyoti Mondal
(University of Saskatchewan, since 2023)