GIS and Map Contests Roundup

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Map and GIS data competitions are a great way to promote geospatial work and receive industry recognition.  Geospatial competitions range from both paper and digital map contests as well as contests designed to showcase the potential of different types of spatial data.  Here are current map and GIS related competitions listed in order of the competition deadline.

To submit a map or GIS contest to this list, please fill out the form below the list.

Wind-dependent Variables: Predict Wind Speeds of Tropical Storms Competition

The Radiant Earth Foundation, with support from NASA, is offering $13,000 in cash prizes and $18,000 in Azure credits for this competition. The goal of this challenge is to estimate the wind speeds of storms at different points in time using satellite images captured throughout a storm’s life cycle and the temporal memory of the storm. Contest deadline: Feb. 2, 2021, 11:59 p.m. UTC. For more information visit: Wind-dependent Variables: Predict Wind Speeds of Tropical Storms

My California GIS Mapping Showcase and Competition

The 2020-21 edition of the “My California GIS Mapping Showcase and Competition” will be the 5th running of this annual event. This exciting statewide opportunity encourages middle (4th-8th grade) and high school (9th-12th grade) students to harness the power of Geographic Information Systems and get connected with their state by producing an online map that focuses on stories, issues, or ideas that are important to them.  Deadlines: For schools who would like to participate in the mentoring program, registrations are due before midnight on Friday, January 29, 2021. The regular registration deadline is midnight on Friday, March 12, 2021. More information: My California GIS Mapping Showcase and Competition

ArcGIS Online School Competition 2021

A mapping competition open to high school and middle school students in the United States. Esri invites students to explore a situation in their state (using state competition guidelines) and share the results in a StoryMap. Esri’s 2021 ArcGIS US School Competition is open to high school (“HS,” gr.9-12) and middle school (“MS,” gr.4-8) students in the US who can analyze, interpret, and present data via an ArcGIS storymap or web app. Deadlines: States must announce their in-state deadlines, but can be no later than 5pm Pacific Time on Wed May 12, 2021. States must submit data to Esri no later than 5pm Pacific Time on Wed May 19, 2021. For more information visit: ArcGIS Online School Competition 2021 and 2021 ArcGIS Online Competition for US HS+MS Students


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