Update: GeoTech Center Announces 2014 National Geospatial Technology Skills Competition

The deadline for round 1 (multiple choice test) originally March 15, has been extended to April 15. Updated information is available online (not PDF).

--- original post Jan 24, 2014 ---

As in past years, the contest is open to students who are enrolled in a two year community or technical college geospatial technology program in the U.S. And, as in past years, there's an online test, a project and the finalists will gather at the Esri Education GIS Conference for the final round of live presentations.

But, there are some things that I think are new:

  • participants must have profiles on LinkedIn
  • participants can create dynamic (narrative or interactive, but " emphasize the use of ArcGIS Online for presentation") or static projects (ArcGIS Desktop and Extensions)
  • E sized project poster required (and hung at Esri Map Gallery)

Key dates:

January 21, 2014 - Competition Announced

January 27, 2014 - March 15, 2014 12:00 midnight EST - Round One Exam Available and must be taken by midnight EST on March 15.

March 1 to April 1, 2014 12:00 midnight EST – Round 2 Project must be uploaded to YouTube no later than April 1, 12:00 midnight.

May 15, 2014  - Five Semi-finalists Announced and invited to attend Esri EdUC 

June 1, 2014 - Invitations to EdUC by Semi-finalist must be acknowledged and accepted or rejected.  

July 13—16, 2014 - Conference Attendance by Semi-finalists at EdUC and UC in San Diego, CA

July 15, 2014 - Presentation at Esri User Conference on Tuesday,

July 15, 2014 - Winners announced on Tuesday during the ESRI Special Interest Group meeting for Community Colleges.

Looking for other student competitions? I did just read about an open source software competition: the NASA World Wind Europa Challenge.

2014 National Geospatial Technology Skills Competition web page

Published Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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