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 15,000 GIS professionals from around the world.
The Esri Young Scholars Award gives students from across the country the opportunity to attend the world’s largest spatial technology conference – the 2019 Esri User Conference – and network with the keenest GIS minds on the planet.
The national competition celebrates excellence in geospatial sciences, and is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying geospatial disciplines at Australian universities.
As well as receiving an all-access-pass to the world’s biggest spatial event, you will have your work displayed alongside other Young Scholar works from around the world.
Not to mention, you will also have the chance to meet Jack Dangermond – Esri founder and president – when he presents you with your international award.
How to enter
To be in the running to become the 2019 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 2019 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 2019 Esri User Conference – to be held in San Diego, California from 8-11 July – and receive a prize package including flights, accommodation and event registration.
* View the 2019 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.
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.
2018 Esri Australia Young Scholars Award winner
Adrian Darmawan: 2018 Esri Australia Young Scholars Award winner
Adrian studied a Bachelor of Geospatial Science at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He was the recipient of the 2018 Esri Australia Young Scholar award.
Adrian has a huge passion for innovative uses of GIS, that can make life easier and more efficient. This extends to new movements in GIS, including indoor mapping. Adrian worked on a project which utilised drones to assess land slide susceptibility by converting imagery into TIN models, allowing slope assessments to be completed without risk.
Consultant, Esri Australia
Ian Handley: Consultant, Esri Australia
Having spent ten years as an analyst with Royal Australian Air Force specialising in geographic information, Ian has a passion for using GIS to communicate complex data and analytical results in an easily digestible format.
He is also particularly interested in the future of GIS education in Australia and ensuring that the GIS industry is prepared to accept a new generation of GIS specialists while embracing the paradigm shift from ‘locating on a map’ to ‘becoming the centre of a map’.
As a member of Esri Australia’s training leadership team Ian regularly engages with GIS professionals from across the industry; he shares his passion for GIS whilst delivering valuable learning outcomes, helping both up-and-coming and current industry professionals in adapting to and embracing the evolving ArcGIS platform and changing industry.