Esri Young Scholars Award
Submit your entry for the 2018 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 2018 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.
Send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 2018 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 2018 Esri User Conference – to be held in San Diego, California from 9-13 July – and receive a prize package including flights, accommodation and event registration.
* View the 2018 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.
Strategic Marketing Director, Institute for Economics and Peace
Darren Lewis: Marketing Director, Institute for Economics and Peace
Darren is responsible for developing and managing IEP's international communications strategy, which carried a combined media reach of 2.4 billion across 140 countries in 2017. He also oversees special projects and partnerships that further develop the reach, reputation and impact of the Institute and when required, provides advisory to Group companies.
The Institute for Economics and Peace is the world’s leading think tank dedicated to developing metrics to analyse peace and to quantify its economic value. It does this by developing global and national indices, calculating the economic cost of violence, analysing country level risk and understanding positive peace.
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. The Institute was recently ranked in the top 15 most impactful think tanks in the world on the Global Go To Think Tank Index.
Prior to joining IEP, Darren was a strategic advisor to brands that included Prada, HMV, Bloomberg, ITV, Deloitte, Beroe Inc, and over 20 of the Fortune 500 consumer and luxury brands.
2017 Esri Australia Young Scholars Award winner
Alan Pearse: 2017 Esri Australia Young Scholars Award winner
Alan is a fourth-year university student and research assistant at Queensland University of Technology. He is currently undertaking his Bachelor of Science (Earth Science) and Bachelor of Mathematics (Statistical Science). Alan was the 2017 winner of the Esri Young Scholars Award.
As part of Alan’s research, he focused on ways to calculate metrics for watersheds. His goal was to bridge the gap between theory and practice in quantifying the relationship between the landscape around streams and the activities conducted on them, and how this is likely to affect their impact on stream health.
Alan created a publicly available IDW-Plus toolbox that allows users to calculate six, spatially explicit land-use metrics for watersheds. Although these tools have only been recently developed, the toolbox is already being utilised by United State Geological Survey.
2016 Esri Australia Young Scholars Award winner
Yuri Shendryk: 2016 Esri Australia Young Scholars Award winner
Yuri is a a PostDoc at CSIRO 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, Yuri 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.
Yuri’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. Yuri was the winner of the 2016 Esri Young Scholars Award.
Young Scholar’s Esri UC San Diego experience
The 2017 award recipient put his IDW-Plus project in front of the global GIS community – gaining knowledge, making connections among 16,000 delegates and taking in all that San Diego has to offer. Read about Alan Pearse’s once-in-a-lifetime trip to the world’s biggest spatial event.More