Zachary Watson Memorial Education Fund

In loving memory of Creative Coder, Zachary Watson. Each year on March 14, Pi Day, one promising young artist/technologist will be awarded a $5,000 grant to help further their education.


The fund exists to honor the memory of Zachary Watson, our friend and colleague, who died at the age of 29, after a fatal accident. Friends and family continue to support this memorial fund to award a grant each year to an artist to support their media arts practice.

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.

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.