Esri Young Scholars Award
Enter the Esri Young Scholars Award
Are you a university student currently studying geospatial sciences? If so, this is your chance to showcase your GIS research in front of more than 16,000 GIS professionals from around the world.
The Esri Young Scholars Award gives students from across the country the opportunity to be part of the world’s largest spatial technology conference and rub shoulders with the sharpest GIS minds on the planet.
The winner will jet off to San Diego, California to attend the Esri User Conference – with the prize package including:
- Return flights
- Event registration
- Transfers on arrival
- Daily allowance
The nationwide competition celebrates excellence in geospatial study, and is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying geospatial science disciplines at Australian universities.
As well as gaining an all-access-pass to the world’s biggest spatial event, the winner will have their work displayed alongside projects from other international Young Scholars.
They will also have the chance to meet Esri Founder and President Jack Dangermond when he presents the award, and upon their return will receive a free ArcGIS for Personal Use licence.
How to enter
To be in the running to become the 2017 Australian Young Scholar, you need to submit an exciting project or research paper that uses Esri GIS technology*. Your submission must include:
- Your Young Scholars entry (software development/application or report)
- A written response (no more than 500 words) outlining the purpose of your project, its value, and why you should be the Australian Esri Young Scholar
- An image that illustrates your project or report (e.g. map). The image must be 300dpi and a .pdf or .png file
- Proof you are currently enrolled as a student at an Australian university – in the form of a letter from your lecturer/tutor and a photocopy of your university ID
- A signed entry form.
Entries will be judged by a panel of experts representing commercial, government and industry sectors – based on the following criteria:
- Creativity and/or innovation
- Real-world relevancy
- Application of Esri technology
- Technical merit
The judging panel will select the 2017 Australian Esri Young Scholar, with a public announcement made via Esri Australia’s website and social media channels.
The winning student will then be flown to the 2017 Esri User Conference – to be held in San Diego, California from 10-14 July – and receive a prize package including flights, accommodation and event registration.
* View the 2017 competition terms and conditions.
Managing Director, Esri Australia
Brett Bundock: Managing Director, Esri Australia
Regarded as one of Asia Pacific’s most influential contributors to the spatial industry, Brett’s passion for GIS has shaped a career spanning more than three decades – across four continents.
Brett’s vision to have GIS technology make a positive difference to all organisations throughout the APAC region has helped drive the introduction of spatial technology into new, non-traditional markets.
An avid supporter of various spatial associations and of the broader Esri user community, Brett is a regular speaker at industry events and is a director on the board of SIBA. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography, Cartography and Government Administration, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Mapping and Surveying Studies.
General Manager, SSSI
Chris Malouf: General Manager, SSSI
Chris has a strong background in strategic planning, program management and performance assessment. As the general manager of SSSI, he manages the institute’s day-to-day operations, and works to keep members updated on the latest developments in the surveying and spatial industries.
In the early stages of his career, Chris developed strong technical skills in remote sensing and GIS. Prior to joining SSSI, Chris worked in a broad range of management roles across a number of research areas in CSIRO – all with a spatial context. He has also held technical spatial science-related roles with the Australian Geological Survey Organisation (now Geoscience Australia) and the Bureau of Resource Sciences.
Chris earned undergraduate and master qualifications in natural resource management, remote sensing and GIS from the Canberra CAE/University of Canberra. He also holds an MBA (technology management) from La Trobe University and is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors course.
Strategic Marketing Director, Institute for Economics and Peace
Darren Lewis: Strategic Marketing Director, Institute for Economics and Peace
Darren is responsible for developing, overseeing and managing the corporate marketing strategy of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) – reaching over 1.5 billion people in more than 140 countries each year.
The institute is the world’s leading think tank dedicated to developing metrics to analyse peace and to quantify its economic value. The research is used extensively by governments, academic institutions, think tanks, non-governmental organisations, and by intergovernmental institutions such as the OECD, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the World Bank and the United Nations.
Prior to joining IEP, Darren was a consultant, providing strategic business and marketing advisory, and collaborating on projects with organisations that included Bloomberg, ITV, Deloitte, Beroe Inc, and over 20 of the Fortune 500 consumer and luxury brands.
2016 Esri Australia Young Scholars Award winner
Iurii Shendryk: 2016 Esri Australia Young Scholar Award winner
Iurii is a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales who specialises in remote sensing and GIS applications. He develops high-tech algorithms to process terabytes of satellite and airborne data – work that enables others to make decisions for a sustainable future.
After earning a master’s degree in geophysics, Iurii spent more than three years working and studying geospatial engineering in Ukraine, Sweden and Germany. Now, he offers his spatial analysis expertise to numerous projects throughout Australia.
Iurii’s research is centred around the integration of remote sensing, GIS and spatial statistics to explore interactions between species, environment and land use – in particular, forest health monitoring.