Esri Launches Global Content Challenge

Students Will Unleash the Power of Maps for Scientific Storytelling

REDLANDS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Esri–Smart mapping leader Esri announced it is engaging students all over the
world in a new contest called the Global Content Challenge. With the
power of Esri content at their disposal, students will tell their own
compelling scientific stories using the Esri Story Map Journal app.
Entrants will use personal geographic analyses, visualizations,
predictive models, and more, to explore a variety of scientific themes.

“Esri views science as helping us to understand not only how the earth
works but also how the earth should look,” said Esri chief scientist
Dawn Wright. “Science is the study of how we should look at the earth.
GIS places scientific data in a visual context.”

Judges will select the best map journals to be awarded prizes. Esri will
share the winning map journals on its Collaborative Resource portal and
feature them at Esri’s Federal GIS and Education GIS Conferences as well
as Esri Young Professionals Network events.

Esri’s Global Content Challenge is open to undergraduate or graduate
students at colleges or universities and to high school students
enrolled in an advanced-placement human geography or environmental
science course. Esri’s land, ocean, and population categories of premium
content libraries will be made available so that entrants can enrich
their stories.

Three winners will be awarded their choice of a cash prize or Esri
software in each category. The first-place winner will receive $10,000
or software of equivalent value. Second- and third-place prizes are
$5,000 and $2,000, respectively, or software of equal value. The
competition will open on August 29, 2016, and entries will not be
accepted after November 11, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. (PST). Winners will be
announced on December 5, 2016.

For more information about Esri’s Global Content Challenge, visit

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think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS technology, Esri
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each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national
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than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on more
than one million desktops and thousands of web and enterprise servers,
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