Zachary Watson Memorial Education Fund


The fund exists to honor the memory of Zachary Watson, our friend and colleague, who died at the age of 29, after a traffic collision.

Each year on March 14, Pi Day, one promising young artist/technologist will receive a $5,000 grant to help further his or her education.

The fund is held and administered by Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization. Donations made through the link above are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law, and will be directed towards the Zachary Watson Memorial Fund.


For as long as the fund will allow, Gray Area and co-founders of the fund will award a $5,000 grant to a promising artists/technologist.

The application window is closed. Grantee will be announced on March 14th, Pi Day.

2018 Recipient

Congratulations to Anastasia Victor, the recipient of the 2016 Zachary Watson Memorial Fund.

Past Recipients

2017- Irene Alvarado
2016- Yiliu Shen-Burke
2015- Matthias Dörfelt and Enrico Borba

Founding Members of Fund

Sha Hwang
Eric Rodenbeck
Jon Christensen

About Zachary Watson

Zachary Watson was a creative coder with strong interest in data visualization, emergent behavior, mapping, and learning new things. He worked on the overlap between code and design, building interactive and procedural graphics.

Zach suffered severe brain injuries in a traffic collision on July 28, 2014. In an effort to honor Watson's enduring love of math, his life support was removed on Saturday August 16th, 2014 at 3:14 p.m., a time intended to symbolize the mathematical constant pi.

Zachary Watson was known for creating works such as the Stamen Design map of Silicon Valley’s private shuttle network that gained attention in the transportation planning world in 2012. He most recently worked as an Exploratorium employee.

A portfolio of Zach's work can be found at