Global smart mapping competition to award Indonesia’s tech-savvy students
By Clarice Africa29 Jan 2015
Students in one of the world’s fastest growing sectors are being given the opportunity to kick-start their career on the world stage, with today’s launch of a university award.
The Esri Young Scholar award is a nation-wide competition, run by Esri Indonesia, which celebrates excellence in geospatial study, and more specifically, the creative use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology – or smart mapping technology – to solve commercial and community issues
Heading up the panel of judges is Esri Indonesia Chief Executive Officer Bima Priadi, who is encouraging students to push the boundaries of current geospatial thinking with their submissions.
Market research shows that Asia’s GIS industry is forecasted to grow by almost 12 per cent by 2016, with the sector currently generating more than $335 million annually,” said Mr Priadi.
“As such, the demand for geospatial disciplines within Indonesian universities is growing – and many students now regularly draw on spatial thinking and technologies to solve real-world issues.
“Indonesia’s youth is very creative and receptive when it comes to new technologies and we’re excited to see what solutions they can come up to help contribute to the holistic growth of our communities.”
The student selected to win the award will receive a pass to the Esri User Conference, being held in San Diego in July, to meet with Esri founder and president Jack Dangermond, as well as other Young Scholars from around the globe.
They will also have the opportunity to hear from many of the world’s leading geo-enabled enterprises, and network with more than 16,000 geospatial professionals.Entries can cover any topic or field of study, however recommended areas include planning, development, environment, commercial/business, community, conservation, communications, sustainability, and health.
For further information on the Esri Young Scholar Award and to submit an application, visit www.esriindonesia.co.id/youngscholars
The competition is open now - and closes 10 April 2015.
The winner will be announced on 30 April 2015.