Mapping Horizons

International GIS Competition for Students and Young Geographers

Competition Overview |  Rules  |  Eligibility  |  Submit Your Entry

Competition Overview

A WORLD IN CRISIS

We are confronted today by six intertwined challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten lives around the world, ravaging livelihoods and transforming cities. Climate change is fueling wildfires, flooding, and natural disasters. And both exacerbate issues of rising inequality, including in access to education and health, community safety, and urban development. 

Together, we can solve these challenges: but only if we understand their impacts, see how they affect each community, and ensure that no community goes unseen or ignored. In the Mapping Horizons International GIS Competition, we invite students and young professionals from some of the world’s most rapidly changing regions – Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia – to be part of the solution. Showcase your GIS skills, connect and compete with talented students and young professionals around the world, and make a difference in your community.


The 2020 Mapping Horizons International GIS Competition invites students and young professionals to submit GIS and mapping projects that highlight an issue related to this year’s theme, “Tackling Crises through Geospatial Impact.” These crises include, but are not limited to:

  • COVID-19 and its impact on society
  • Public health and access to medical care
  • Economic inequality and development (including education)
  • Climate change and natural disasters
  • Urban growth and development
  • Security and community safety

If you believe that your project tackles an important and current crisis that we have not listed, please petition the topic using this form. In your project, you should link your map, alongside a brief written analysis of what crisis your project relates to, how it can be used to better understand or respond to a pressing problem, and its implications for other parts of the world.

We encourage you to focus on your community or region; it can be as specific or local in scope as you like. The ideal submission has both local relevance and provides unique perspectives, ideas, or emphasizes new solutions. 

The competition is organized in four regional divisions: West and Central Africa, East and Southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and South and Southeast Asia. Judging panel will name the three best-developed submissions from each region, and every submission will be highlighted in an online gallery to recognize your achievement. 50 USD prizes will be awarded to top submissions. 

You can submit your project through ArcGIS StoryMaps, QGIS Web Maps , and through any other major GIS platform, including self-hosted web maps, Github, and static submissions. Note that should you submit through ArcGIS StoryMaps, your written analysis can be embedded within the StoryMap. 

What are you waiting for? Start by registering today: afterward, you have until 15 November 2020 to submit your project. Good luck and happy mapping!

Submission Guidelines

Submissions must be original work. Data and materials from outside sources must be used within “fair use” guidelines and clearly cited. While a specific citation format is not required, we recommend the 7th Edition of the APA Style (APA 7) or Chicago Author-Date Style.

Submissions containing plagiarized materials will be disqualified. You can use materials originally developed for a class or research project, provided that it is 1) permitted by the class/project in question and 2) you are able to give the IAYG Family full rights to display your project.

This is an individual competition. While you are permitted (and encouraged) to seek advice and review, you affirm that your submission is your work. At this time, group projects are not eligible. 

By submitting your project, you give the IAYG Family full rights to share and display your project on our website, accompanied by your name and affiliation, if applicable.

We are here to help. If you have any questions or need support, please reach out to [email protected].

Platform and Requirements

You can submit your project through ArcGIS StoryMaps, QGIS Web Maps , and through any other major GIS platform, including self-hosted web maps, Github, and static submissions. If you have questions about whether your submission method is eligible, please contact [email protected] for support.

Submission requirements vary depending on the platform of the project. Identify your submission platform and look at the corresponding criteria. All submission platforms are weighted equally, so please feel free to use the platform that works best for you.

ArcGis:

Project must cohesively convey a unique perspective, idea, or emphasize issues and possible solutions in response to COVID-19, Climate Change, Economic Inequality, or a Relevant Crisis of Choice

Submission must be relevant to a local/regional scale.  

Project must consist of a publicly published ArcGIS StoryMap. StoryMap should include a GIS map using multiple layers and refined map design to convey a message. 

StoryMap should have text, images, and other supporting materials to provide context for the underlying map, that answers the following questions:

    1. What challenge does your project address or relate to?
    2. How does this map help us better understand this challenge within a local or regional context?
    3. What implications does your project hold for tackling this challenge in the future?

QGIS + Other:

Project must cohesively convey a unique perspective, idea, or emphasize issues and possible solutions in response to COVID-19, Climate Change, Economic Inequality, or a Relevant Crisis of Choice

Submission must be relevant to a local/regional scale.  

Project must consist of a publishable web map and an accompanying writeup.

Map should use multiple layers and refined map design to convey the submission’s message.

Writeup must provide the story behind the map and answer the following questions within a 750-word maximum. Images are acceptable for supplemental context and will not count towards the word count. 

    1. What challenge does your project address or relate to?
    2. How does this map help us better understand this challenge within a local or regional context?
    3. What implications does your project hold for tackling this challenge in the future?

Eligibility

Mapping Horizons invites an international community of students and young professionals in GIS to tackle serious challenges.

The competition is divided into four regional competitions: West and Central Africa, East and Southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, South and Southeast Asia. 

To participate, mappers must be:

  • A citizen or permanent resident of one of the four regions, as defined below (click on the map for a larger image)
  • Born on or after 1 December 1991 (age 28 or younger)

This is an individual competition. While you are permitted (and encouraged) to seek advice and review, you affirm that your submission is your work. At this time, group projects are not eligible.

Evaluation

Once your project has been received, it will be placed with other submissions from your region (Latin America & the Caribbean/East & Southern Africa/ West & Central Africa/ South & Southeast Asia). Each region has its own unique judging panel and judges will not be able to see submissions from a different region. Your submission will be evaluated in the context of other submissions ONLY in your region, and awards will be given separately for each region. Each region will have a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, as well as an honorable mention.


(Click for a larger image)


Judging Rubrics

Submission Requirements vary depending on the platform of the project. Identify your submission platform and look at the corresponding criteria. All submission methods will be weighed equally in the judging process.

ArcGIS:

QGIS + Alternate:

Support

For all enquiries and questions, please contact [email protected]


Proudly brought to you by:

Phillip Meng, International Co-Chair ([email protected])

Rishi Gorrepati, International Co-Chair ([email protected])

Aaron Francisco, International Co-Chair ([email protected])

West and Central Africa

Isaac Osei Appiah, West and Central Africa Chair ([email protected])

Joseph Ayo Kayode, West and Central Africa Co-Chair

East and Southern Africa

James Magige, East and Southern Africa Chair ([email protected])

Aliwa Brian Ochieng, East and Southern Africa Co-Chair ([email protected])

Latin America

Jasson Mora Mussio, Latin America Chair ([email protected])

 

A WORLD IN CRISIS

In times like these, GIS is especially important for its ability to respond to local and regional crises through effective mapping and data analysis. 

To help highlight and inspire solutions on a local and regional scale, we invite you to create a story told through GIS mapping that fits one or more of the following themes: COVID-19, Climate Change, or Poverty & Public Health.  Submission deadline November 1st, 2020. Winners announced December 1st, 2020.

Stories should have local/regional relevance and provide unique perspectives, ideas, or emphasize issues and possible solutions in order to best respond to current global crises.

Projects are accepted as ArcGis StoryMaps, QGIS Web Maps accompanied with writeups, and self-hosted web maps and writeups using platforms such as GitHub.

The competition is divided into four regions – West Africa, Eastern and Southern Africa, Latin America, and South and Southeast Asia – which will award participants separately in the context of their region.

Learn more about specific parameters, eligibility, and judging through the tabs above.

Register for the 2020 Mapping Horizons Competition

Before you begin the competition, register below.  Once you have registered, you will be able to submit your GIS project anytime. This can be done at any point in the competition, but we recommend registering as soon as possible so that you will receive the most up-to-date information about the competition and related opportunities.

There is no programme or registration fee. Get started:

Submit Your Project

Once you have registered, you can submit your project below.