The Esri Human Health and Climate Change App Challenge

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Winners Announced

The judges have met and deliberated. After some great debates and discussion, three winners have been chosen:

  • 1st Place: Heat & Social Inequity in the United States
  • 2nd Place: Coastal People Watch
  • 3rd Place: Sea Level Rise and Its Impact

For more details about the challenge winners, check out this message from the Esri App Challenge Development Team.


Do you have an innovative idea for an app that could help health and human services professionals understand the impacts of climate change on the health of their communities, and drive action to meet the population's needs? If your idea includes location data and Esri technology, then enter the Esri Human Health and Climate Change App Challenge.


In June 2013, President Obama announced a comprehensive Climate Action Plan. This blueprint for action includes the Climate Data Initiative, an effort to encourage tech innovators to use data about climate change risks and impacts in compelling ways to help people, businesses, and communities make smarter decisions in the face of climate change. As the White House expands its Climate Data Initiative to include more than 150 health-relevant open data resources, Esri is committed to doing its part.

We're taking action by unleashing the power of GIS for communities to analyze and visualize data, as well as create predictive models, to understand and then reduce the impacts of climate change on health. And now we’re challenging the worldwide GIS community to build game-changing apps that help communities visualize, understand, and reduce climate change health risks.


The Challenge

The Challenge

Esri's Climate Change and Human Health App Challenge is open to everyone - including developers, start-ups, governments, academics, and NGOs to name a few. Get creative for this important initiative by using the growing pool of open data and Esri apps, maps, services, and APIs. Judges will select the best of the best apps to be featured at Esri’s Health and Human Services GIS Conference. Esri will award prizes and share the winning apps on our Collaborative Resource Portal.

Participants are encouraged to create apps that help health and human services professionals understand the impacts of climate change on the health of their communities, and drive action to meet the population’s needs.

Themes to Consider

  • Impacts of extreme heat and severe weather
  • Consequences of wildfires and floods
  • Effect of drought on food insecurity, malnutrition, mental stress
  • Increases in vector-borne or water-borne diseases
  • Air pollution and or pollen and respiratory disease
  • Assessing the risks to vulnerable populations and those with special needs
  • Tailoring education and/or risk communication to targeted populations
Themes to Consider

The Prize

Winners will receive:

First Place: $10,000 or software equivalent
Second Place: $5,000 or software equivalent
Third Place: $2,000 or software equivalent

Key Dates

Dates to remember:

June 1, 2015 Competition opens
August 14, 2015 Competition closes at 5:00 PM (PDT)
September 1, 2015 Winners announced
September 14, 2015 Top app winners honored at the Esri Health and Services GIS Conference

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