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Meet the winners

Final judging took place during the 2019 Applied Geography Conference, held October 23–25 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Call for competition

We are pleased to announce the Esri and Applied Geography Conference (AGC) Student Competition for 2019. The competition will focus on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Enter the contest for a chance to win and be recognized for your GIS and storytelling skills.
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Processes and deadlines

Application submission is now closed, applied students have until September 15th to complete and submit work. 


Prizes will be awarded to first-, second-, and third-place participants.

  • First-Place Prize: Voltaic solar backpack, Bad Elf GPS unit, one-year membership to the Esri Learn ArcGIS organization, and an opportunity to collaborate with the Esri Learn ArcGIS team to convert the winning story map into a Learn ArcGIS lesson
  • Second-Place Prize: Bad Elf GPS unit, one-year membership to the Esri Learn ArcGIS organization
  • Third-Place Prize: Bad Elf GPS unit, one-year ArcGIS home use license 


  • April 15, 2019: Contest opens to begin accepting applications to compete
  • July 1, 2019: Deadline for submission of applications to compete
  • June 15, 2019: Judges' selection of participants to be invited to compete
  • September 15, 2019: Deadline for story map submission
  • October 2019: Story maps shown at Applied Geography Conference in Charlotte, NC, and winners announced

Competition rules

  • Each participant needs to submit a title and short abstract (250-word limit) describing the story map.All submissions must be in English.
  • Participants must be enrolled full-time at a university.
  • Participants are encouraged but not required to present at the AGC.
  • All submissions must be the original work of the entrant. 
  • ArcGIS Online will be available to students to use in the competition.
  • Application subject should be one of the SDGs. See for information on the goals.
  • All applications will be submitted to a panel for selection. 
  • Up to 30 entries will be selected for the competition.
  • A judging committee will select the top entries. Judges will consider a variety of criteria including, but not limited to, topics, techniques, design, and writing. Students submitting one of the top entries may be asked to supply documentation proving their full-time student status. 
  • The top entries will be invited to present their story map at AGC 2019
  • Presentation at AGC 2019 is not required to place as a finalist, but attendance at AGC 2019 is one of several factors that will be used to determine the finalist roster.
  • By entering, you agree to the official rules and terms of agreement.

Applied Geography Conference

The AGC exists to promote the application of geographic insights and analyses in all areas of society, including applied climatology, business and economic geography, crime, geographic information science, geomorphology, geospatial analysis, health and medical geography, military geography, remote sensing, policy making and planning, resource geography, and urban issues.

The AGC offers two primary venues for applied geography education, communication, and networking: the annual conference and the peer-reviewed journal Papers in Applied Geography,  the official publication covering research and commentary across all areas of applied geography.

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