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The winning interactive maps from Al-Jabr School students showcased the plight of Jakarta as one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world. This competition is part of the series of activities of the User Conference Esri (held from 13-16 July 2020), the world's largest provider of geospatial technology, in inspiring the use of digital and geospatial technology in overcoming global challenges. This event is held annually at the San Diego Conference Center, California, this year specifically, more than 85,000 participants from 180 countries online are managed directly from Esri's headquarters in Redlands, California.

Representing Indonesia in the category of Student Map aged 13-18 years, a work in the form of an online application entitled: Jakarta: Insights on a Drowning City. Of the 1500 applications submitted, the work of this nation's children was chosen by the jury as the first winner, defeating the finalists of the other finalists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA and from Amity Regional High School, Connecticut, USA.

Ahsan Imam Istamar succeeded in designing an interactive story map application aimed at providing an understanding to the community regarding land subsidence in Jakarta, floods that occurred especially in January - February 202. The story map is complete with official data on flood hazard points, age population impacted schools and impacted marginalised communities that are useful provide insights to present further solutions according to their respective challenges.

The 17-year-old high school student also presented his application and message emphasising the importance of responsible management of groundwater use and maintenance of the surrounding water network to panelists and participants of this grand conference on geospatial technology. It was also demonstrated how using open sharing of data by ministries and institutions in Indonesia could be used to build visual interactive applications in which the analysis can provide more understanding to the public. In addition, digital technology also enables two-way interaction through social media and crowdsourcing in line with the Digital Humanitarianism trend.

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“The rapid adoption of digital technology in Indonesia can also be felt in the geospatial field. This technology and how to share data are very potential to solve various problems and challenges of the world together. We are very proud of the achievements of Indonesian representatives in this Esri Map Gallery competition. This hope is the momentum to further improve the use of technology and spatial data between Government and Institutions, the world of Education, the private sector and the community to make a real impact on the dynamic challenges of the world at the moment, "said Dr. Achmad Istamar, CEO, Esri Indonesia.

The capital city of Jakarta is quite familiar with flooding and experiences a significant decrease in groundwater level every year, so once was mentioned in its report as the fastest sinking city in the world. Innovations in the form of this application have the potential to provide a shared understanding that this phenomenon can be jointly overcome, one of which is the awareness of excessive use of groundwater. Through data and interactive analysis, the application also provides information on the significance of the impact of floods on school-age children and on areas of society that have economic vulnerability.

This innovative work combines various types of data including satellite monitoring data, demographic data, flood data and weather data. This capability is obtained through the ability to connect using geospatial online data that has been provided by the Ministry of Home Affairs, BMKG and Jakarta Satu owned by the DKI Jakarta Regional Government.

"Understanding of environmental issues and the role of the community is very important in order to avoid excessive exploitation of groundwater," Ahsan said. "With this technology, anyone can contribute to digital humanitarianism to help their communities. Everyone can contribute data that is both unique and impactful."

This innovative work combines various types of data including satellite monitoring data, demographic data, flood data and weather data. This capability is obtained through the ability to connect using geospatial online data that has been provided by the Ministry of Home Affairs, BMKG and Jakarta Satu owned by the DKI Jakarta Regional Government.

"The educational process should provide opportunities for students to develop the knowledge they learn, establish healthy relationships, develop imagination, and apply knowledge with ethical reasoning to build their confidence and resilience so that they learn to be human and be able to develop in this complex world. In this case the school always supports students to apply science and technology to contribute to today's community challenges, "said Achmad Safarie, Principal of the Al Jabr School.

This achievement is a manifestation of the increasing adoption of geospatial technology in Indonesia and increasingly open access to the public to share data by the government and institutions. The increasing number of open data enables community components to share data and create digital rides and applications independently. This greatly helps understanding the management of the use of natural resources such as water, drainage networks and attention to people who have certain vulnerabilities.

More over, CEO of Esri Indonesia said "Smart community is a concept where city design and management get input and data from all stakeholders in the city such as government, institutions, the private sector, the world of education and the community so that challenges and problems can be understood and looked for solutions together collaboratively for a smarter city,”.

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