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.

Data Labeling Contest – Cloud Native Geospatial Sprint

Radiant Earth Insights has decided to run a data labeling contest for identifying cloud (and background) pixels in Sentinel-2 scenes to enable the development of an accurate cloud detection model from multispectral data. A number of awards will be presented to top contributors of the contest.

Participants needs to fill out this form, and you will receive an email from GroundWork on Sep 8th notifying you about the projects that are ready to be labeled. Depending on the completion rate of projects, we will add more projects throughout the contest. You will have until Sep 15th to participate and label imagery. After that day the leaderboard will be closed and awardees will be selected.

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“Women in Geoscience” Photo Contest

The GRSS IDEA (Inspire, Develop, Empower, and Advance) committee is pleased to announce a new photo contest “Women in Geoscience” as part of the IGARSS 2020 Virtual TIE Events. We are looking for your creativity and motivation to take a photo of yourself on field. The contest is open to all female students, scientists and engineers in the field of Geoscience and Remote Sensing. This competition aims to promote their creativity and give them the opportunity to share their ideas and experiences in these field. Deadline is September 22, 2020.

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2021 Map Calendar Contest

Do you have a beautiful map that you’re particularly proud of? Enter Esri Canada’s contest for a chance to have your outstanding work featured in our 2021 print calendar. Twelve print maps will be selected and each selected entrant will receive a copy of renowned cartographer Cynthia A. Brewer’s book Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS UsersDeadline for submissions is September 30, 2020.

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Geomatics on the Move

A challenge for innovators across the European Union to bring their Geomatics solutions to life using European satellite technologies, shaping the future of data capture and analysis. Each entry will create and visualise their innovative Geomatics idea with the option to leverage Galileo, EGNOS or Copernicus satellite technologies as well as the skills and knowledge from a variety of disciplines. Submissions are due October 16, 2020.

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Sentinel Hub Custom Script Contest

The third round of the Contest is introducing a new challenge (optional), with dedicated prizes. To qualify for it, besides the already known requirements, your script will have to be based on a machine learning workflow developed using eo-learn – a collection of open source Python packages to seamlessly access and automate the processing of spatio-temporal image sequences acquired by any satellite fleet.  You will have time to submit your scripts until 31st October 2020, we would like to encourage you to make an early bird submission before 20th September.

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2020 ArcGIS StoryMaps Competition

Esri and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) are pleased to announce the 2020 ArcGIS StoryMaps Competition for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Help encourage more awareness of the SDGs and drive the necessary action towards achieving them by submitting an original story that addresses one or more global goals.

You might create an original story that…

  • Presents ideas for addressing hunger, poverty, climate change, or other global goals
  • Creates unique visualizations of existing data of the SDGs 
  • Or shares stories of changemakers in your own community

Find story inspiration and SDG data, maps, and learning resources on the SDGs Today portal. Submission deadline: November 25, 2020, 5:00 p.m. (PDT)

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