Attention
Dead line extended to September 30th!

URISA is pleased to announce the 2016 GIS-Pro Student Competition! The intent of the competition is to showcase the geospatial technology skills of current post-secondary students. Competing students will create a project that utilizes geospatial technology to address a real-world problem.

 

ELIGIBILITY:

Applicants must meet all of the requirements below to qualify for the competition

  • Applicants must be the age of 18 or older;
  • Applicants must be enrolled during the Spring, Summer, or Fall 2016 term in a geospatial technology course (e.g., geographic information systems, remote sensing, GPS/GNSS, etc.) or geospatial technology program at an institution
  • All work and cartographic output must be the original work of the applicant;
  • Only one entry allowed per student; and
  • Only individual student submissions allowed (no group projects).

PRIZES:

·         1st Place:

o    $500

o    Free Conference Registration and URISA Student Membership

o    Free 1st year of Young Professional URISA Membership upon Graduation


·         2nd Place:

o    $300

o    Free Conference Registration and URISA Student Membership

o    Free 1st year of Young Professional URISA Membership upon Graduation

·         3rd Place:

o    $200

o    Free Conference Registration and URISA Student Membership

o    Free 1st year of Young Professional URISA Membership upon Graduation

 

JUDGING CRITERIA:

 

The initial round of the competition will be judged by the URISA Vanguard Cabinet Members made up of young GIS Professionals under the age of 35.  The combined scores from all judges will determine the top three (3) student finalists. These finalists will receive a complimentary registration to the GIS-Pro 2016 international conference in Toronto on October 31-November 3, 2016, where they will be required to present their project during the final round of the competition.

 

INITIAL ROUND:

 

The goal of this round of the competition is for students to demonstrate their capabilities in applying geospatial technology (geographic information systems, remote sensing, and global navigation satellite systems, etc.) to address a real-world problem. The scope of the project is open to the student’s discretion, but must be clearly defined and adhere to the following guidelines:

 

To enter the competition, students must submit the following:

  • a 150-250 word abstract that describes their project, demonstrating their knowledge and proficiency of geospatial technology and


Projects will be judged on categories including project design, organization, analysis, and overall presentation quality.  All materials must be submitted no later than midnight Eastern Time on Friday, September 30, 2016.  Entries should be emailed to urisa.vc@gmail.com.

 

FINAL ROUND (FORMAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATION):

 

Three (3) competition finalists will be chosen and finalists will begin the final competition round with a blank slate (i.e., scores will not be carried over from the initial round). Presentation order will be determined by random drawing, and the time limit for each student presentation is 15 minutes (10 minute presentation followed by a 5 minute question and answer period). A judging panel of experienced geospatial specialists will determine the competitors’ final place ranking.