President’s Award

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THIS YEAR'S RECIPIENT

The University of Michigan

Peter Knoop
LSA Technology Services | GIS, XR, Cloud
U-M GIS Community of Practice

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.

Enterprise GIS Award

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THIS YEAR'S RECIPIENT

Louisville/Jefferson County Information Consortium (LOJIC)

Mayor Greg Fischer
City of Louisville, Kentucky

Curt Bynum, GISP
LOJIC Director

ABOUT THE AWARD

The Enterprise GIS Award recognizes organizations that have seen increased efficiency, greater collaboration and transparency, and engagement from its internal 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.

Making a Difference Award

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THIS YEAR'S RECIPIENT

Nespresso

Yann De Pietro
Sustainability Operations & Digital Manager

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.

Special Achievement in GIS Award

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ABOUT THE AWARD

The Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Awards will be announced during this year's virtual Plenary Session on July 12, 2021. Esri users are nominated by Esri leadership and distributor organizations, with finalists selected by Jack Dangermond. These organizations set new precedents throughout the GIS community.

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ABOUT THE AWARDS

The Map Gallery is central to this 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

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THIS YEAR’S RECIPIENTS

Winner name Country/Region
André Alves Portugal
Andres Emilio Villegaz Venezuela
Andres Kasekamp Estonia
Ariel Adrian Castro Agnew Panama
Emmanuel Agyapong Ghana
Eric Leonardo Perico Caicedo Colombia
Gizem Baydi Turkey
Han Sun Switzerland
Hwang Sooyong South Korea
Ignacio Javier Álvarez González Spain
Issac Vasquez Apaza Bolivia
Jamie Simpson Australia
Jean de Dieu Rurangwa Rwanda
Jet Kramer Netherlands
Joely Jessenia Sánchez Flores Ecuador
Kendra Munn Canada
Li Maosu Hong Kong
Milda Urbanaviciute Lithuania
Muhammad Firman Nuruddin Indonesia
Mukhodeni Mudau South Africa
Noah Zhang Singapore
Oliver-Valentin Dinter Romania
Satoshi Kina Japan
Shreeparna Sahoo India
Sumaiya Bano Pakistan
Tim Kurowski Germany
Victoria Song UK
Yi Chen Taiwan
Zichen Yue China

ABOUT THE AWARD

Esri constantly works to develop the next generation of GIS leaders. The Young Scholars Award program allows Esri, our international distributors, and the international education team to recognize the 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 Esri Young Scholars Award recipients also display their work in the Map Gallery. This program was launched in 2012, and this year will be the ninth year that Esri supports this project.

Esri Innovation Program Student of the Year Award

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THIS YEAR’S RECIPIENT

Jacob M. Arnold–Clemson University

ABOUT THE AWARD

The Esri Innovation Program (EIP) 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 system and related elements of the geospatial technology ecosystem. This year, Esri selected Jacob M. Arnold, from Clemson University, as the 2021 EIP Student of the Year.

Tribal Story Map Awards

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THIS YEAR’S RECIPIENTS

Navajo Nation Tribal Government, “Navajo Safe Water: Protecting You and Your Family’s Health”

Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, “Reciprocity in Restoration”

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, “Brownfields Tribal Response Program: A Tour”

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.

Esri Community MVP Awards

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THIS YEAR’S RECIPIENTS

1st Place—Dan Patterson, Retired Geoinformatics Instructor

2nd Place—Robert Scheitlin, GISP, GIS Manager for Calhoun County, Alabama

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

ABOUT THE AWARD

Esri recognizes members of our online community every year for truly modeling the vision and mission of Esri Community. Join us in congratulating our 2020 Esri Community contest winners who have answered hundreds of questions and helped thousands of users with Esri products.