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President’s Award

A large number of employees in a Zoom meeting smiling and giving each other thumbs up

THIS YEAR'S RECIPIENT

The Regional Municipality of York, Ontario, Canada

John Houweling
Director Data, Analytics and Visualization Services

ABOUT THE AWARD

The President's Award is personally chosen by Esri president and founder Jack Dangermond. It is the highest honor given for an organization, recognizing one organization annually that uses data-driven decision-making to impact the world in a positive way.

Making a Difference Award

Headshots of the award winners from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering

THIS YEAR'S RECIPIENT

Johns Hopkins University, Center for Systems Science and Engineering

Dr. Lauren Gardner
Engineering Professor and Co-Director

Ensheng Dong
Graduate Student

ABOUT THE AWARD

The Making a Difference Award honors organizations or individuals who, through the use of GIS, have made a positive impact in their community. Decided on by Esri president and founder Jack Dangermond and Esri leadership, the Making a Difference Award recognizes the use of GIS to contribute to a better world.

Enterprise GIS Award

Headshots of the award winners from Enel Green Power North America and Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development

THIS YEAR'S RECIPIENTS

Enel Green Power North America, Inc.

Keith Aubin
Chapter Leader, Geographical Information Platform

Shingo Ikeda
Brian Stice
David Booth

Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development

Brad D. Doucet
Director, Enterprise Support Services

ABOUT THE AWARD

The Enterprise GIS Award recognizes organizations that have seen increased efficiency, greater collaboration and transparency, and engagement from its internal and external stakeholders. Decided on by Esri president and founder Jack Dangermond and Esri leadership, the Enterprise GIS Award honors those who have excelled in their implementation of an enterprise-wide GIS.

Special Achievement in GIS Awards

ABOUT THE AWARD

The Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Awards will be announced during this year's virtual Plenary Session on July 13, 2020. Esri users are nominated by Esri leadership and distributor organizations, with finalists selected by Jack Dangermond, president and founder of Esri. These organizations set new precedents throughout the GIS community.

ABOUT THE AWARDS

The Map Gallery is important to the conference, because it's one of the most wide-ranging and comprehensive collections of GIS work in the world and can indicate trends and shifts in technical and cartographic practice. Every year, our users' work inspires, moves, and challenges us to try new things and think in different ways. Visually stunning, technically innovative maps are selected as winners in each category. These maps exemplify excellence in all aspects.

Young Scholars

THIS YEAR’S WINNERS

Winner name Country
Jie Tang China
Edgar Gonçalves Portugal
Catalina Guevara Giraldo Colombia
Bingyu Deng New Zealand
Tsoi Ka Ho Hong Kong
Ricardo Roch Germany
Cristian Andrés Betancourt Lema Ecuador
Firas Saati Saudi Arabia
Samuel Küng Switzerland
Niels Falkow Brorsen Denmark
Edgar Alexander Reyes El Salvador
Aurelija Ruta Viluckyte Lithuania
Arturs Golubevs Latvia
Huisoo Kim South Korea
Azile Mdleleni South Africa
Cynthia Parayiwa Australia
Fulya-Aydin Kandemir Turkey
Richard Burke United Kingdom
Spencer Elford Canada
Thakkar Het Mitesh India
Alejandro Hornero Spain
Anandika Dian Pramesti Indonesia
Cristina Gómez Panama
Patrick Daou Lebanon
Maartje Bake Netherlands
Foo Zhen Hui Singapore­
Semizuka Sakie Japan

ABOUT THE AWARD

Esri constantly works to develop the next generation of GIS leaders. The Young Scholars program allows Esri, our international distributors, and the international education team to recognize exemplary work of current undergraduate and graduate students majoring in geospatial science disciplines at international universities. Winning entries come from all over the world and are selected by a university panel formed by Esri's distributor in the recipient's respective country. The Young Scholar recipients also display their work at the Map Gallery. This program was launched in 2012, and this year will be the ninth year Esri supports this project.

Esri Development Center Student of the Year Award

THIS YEAR’S WINNER

Sasa Arsic, Claremont Graduate University

ABOUT THE AWARD

The Esri Development Center (EDC) program confers special status and benefits on select university programs with demonstrated excellence in geospatial research and education. These programs challenge students to develop innovative applications based on the ArcGIS platform and related elements of the geospatial technology ecosystem. This year, Esri selected Sasa Arsic, from Claremont Graduate University, as the 2020 EDC Student of the Year.

Tribal Story Map Awards

THIS YEAR’S WINNERS

Samish Indian Nation, Our Future Climate in Samish Traditional Territory

Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, Lake Sammamish

Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources, kúkuum yáv nukyâati peethívthaaneen

ABOUT THE AWARD

Tribal communities around the world have remarkable stories to tell, from cultural preservation to keeping their communities safe and healthy to promoting tourism and recreational activities. Each year Esri invites tribal communities to participate in the Tribal Story Map Challenge to help raise awareness of the great work being done in their communities. This is the fourth year of this competition; we encourage you to view the previous year's winner and submissions.

GeoNET MVP Awards

THIS YEAR’S WINNER

1st Place—Robert Scheitlin, GISP, GIS Manager for Calhoun County, Alabama

2nd Place—Dan Patterson, Retired Geomatics Instructor

3rd Place—Joshua Bixby, Geospatial Systems Engineer, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service

ABOUT THE AWARD

Each year the GeoNet team recognizes three users that truly model the vision and mission of GeoNet, where the Esri community connects. Join us in congratulating our 2019 GeoNet contest winners who have answered hundreds of questions and helped thousands of users with Esri products.

Science Symposium

THIS YEAR’S WINNER

Professor Katharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University

ABOUT THE AWARD

The Esri User Conference (Esri UC) Science Symposium, now in its fifth year, seeks to further broaden the tent of participation at the Esri UC beyond geographers and GIScientists to include those in the domain sciences (e.g., climate science, oceanography, hydrology, ecology, forestry, geology, agricultural science, conservation biology, the social sciences, etc.). The event’s highlight is a keynote address given by a distinguished environmental scientist on pressing issues of the day.