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Winners of the 2022 One-Liner and Get Visual Competitions

Winners of the 2022 One-Liner and Get Visual Competitions

For 11 years, it has been tradition for the Wolfram Technology Conference to push our users to go above and beyond in Wolfram Language with our annual One-Liner Competition. In the competition, users are given a limit of 140 characters to create the most incredible output, which is then judged blindly based on brevity, aesthetics and original use of Wolfram Language.

This year, however, we decided to take it to the next level by including the very first Get Visual Competition. Users were encouraged to create the most visually stunning graphic output, without the character restriction.

In both competitions, entries were judged blindly. Attendees of the conference and, for the first time, Wolfram employees were welcome to participate. Judging criteria were based on aesthetics, understanding of the output and original use of Wolfram Language.

One-Liner Competition

The One-Liner Competition focused on the user’s ability to create a unique and stunning output in 140 characters or fewer without the use of 2D typesetting constructs or pulling linked data.

Honorable Mention

Nikolay Murzin: Ukraine (140 characters)

While this competition does not officially have an honorable mention placement, judges have awarded honorable mentions in previous competitions for exceptional submissions. Judges felt that Nikolay Murzin’s touching project reflecting the Ukrainian flag in a heart shape was deserving of a feature.


Tiebreaker for Third Place

Shenghui Yang: Companion to Rowland’s p-adic Number (139 characters)

Eric Rowland of Hofstra University recently shared a video on his YouTube channel evaluating p-adic numbers, or alternative number systems in number theory. Shenghui Yang created this number theory in Wolfram Language to show the pattern of digits within p-adic numbers. Judges struggled to choose a third-place winner and decided Shanghui’s project deserved to be tied for third for his unique display of number theory.

Shenghui’s full project can be found on Wolfram Community.


Tiebreaker for Third Place

Rodrigo Murta: Surprising Contribution to Science (137 characters)

Judges were surprised to see that Rodrigo Murta, who is not a Wolfram employee, shared this sneak peek into the upcoming Version 13.2 release. Rodrigo’s work featured the current positioning of chosen stars as shown by their astrological equivalent. Because of his originality and the surprise to the judges, he was awarded third place with Shanghui Yang. This function is not currently publicly released, but will be available in Version 13.2.

0.033 AstroPosition

Second Place

David Debrota: Hilbert Snake Animation (136 characters)

David Debrota wowed the judges with his creation of a demonstration of the Hilbert curve with a snakelike animation. The judges, in particular, appreciated David’s use of the cube to simulate a 3D setting for the snake to travel.


First Place

Nes Croft: Music Synthesizer (137 characters)

Nes Croft provided a unique experience with the only audio-based submission. Nes’s one-liner created a theremin-like experience that, when evaluated, emits a sound that can be manipulated by moving your mouse.



Once you’re finished playing your new instrument, use the following output to stop your rehearsal.


Get Visual Competition

Since Version 1, users have astonished us by creating visualization projects in Wolfram Language. We have celebrated the arts within Wolfram with other events, such as our Computational Art Contest, but decided to include another opportunity with the Get Visual Competition.

The goal of this competition was to share the most stupendous, entertaining, amazing, surprising, astounding, informative visualization in the form of an image, graphic, animation or video.

Third Place

Miyazawa Atsushi: Concentric Circles Touch Each Other at Infinity

Miyazawa Atsushi impressed the judges with his demonstration of concentric circles in an infinite plane. Miyazawa described the project as “the property of concentric circles—they touch each other at infinity, is still described as ‘strange’ even in geometry books published in the 21st century. With the Wolfram Language, anyone can see it is not strange!”

Concentric Circles Touch Each Other at Infinity

Second Place

Axel vom Endt: Image Collage

Axel vom Endt had personally created this floral collage with his own family members, but showcased his talent by pulling a series of random faces from stock images to recreate his work in a stunning visual.

Image Collage

First Place

Jack Madden: Complete Definitions: Graphing How Words and Definitions Connect

Jack Madden is known by his students and the Wolfram community for integrating Wolfram Language and his passion for the liberal arts to create stunning projects. Jack said, “The goal was to visualize the connections between a word and the words needed to define it at all subsequent layers throughout the dictionary. I wanted to show how circular and recursive language is when contained to definitions.”

Jack’s full project can be found on Wolfram Community.

Close-up of connections between words and definitions Minimizing connections between words and definitions

Complete Definitions: Graphing How Words and Definitions Connect

What Will You Create?

Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who participated. We look forward to seeing more work in next year’s competitions! Until then, we encourage you to share your own one-liners and computational art at Wolfram Community.

Visit Wolfram Community or the Wolfram Function Repository to embark on your own computational adventures!


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1 comment

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