Esri Young Scholars Award

Esri Young Scholars Award – 2018 entries now open

The Esri Young Scholars Award (YSA) program was launched in 2012 to recognize the exemplary work in geospatial sciences of undergraduate and graduate students in universities around the world.

Esri (Environmental Systems Research Institute), the world leader of GIS software, organizes the YSA, and, Esri China (HK) gives full support to engage tertiary educators and university students in Hong Kong to participate in this program.

The goal of the competition is to encourage and recognize university students in creating more innovative GIS applications that can lead to a better society and meet the diversified needs of Hong Kong metropolis city.
The Esri Young Scholars Award gives students in Hong Kong the opportunity to be part of the world’s largest spatial technology conference.

a. One Champion: The champion will win a trip to San Diego, California, USA to attend the Esri User Conference – with benefits including:
  • Round-trip flight ticket between Hong Kong and Los Angeles
  • Hotel Accommodation in San Diego
  • Meal allowance
  • Registration for Esri Education User Conference and Esri International User Conference
  • Free subscription of ArcGIS for Personal User license for one year
  • Opportunity to attend Esri Special Achievement in GIS Award presentation ceremony to receive the Young Scholar Award
  • Opportunity to join social events to meet and network with other Young Scholar winners from around the world.
b. One First Runner-up: The Frist Runner-up will receive the following:
  • Award Certificate
  • Book vouchers (value HKD1,000)
  • Free subscription of ArcGIS for Personal User license for one year
c. One Second Runner-up: The Second Runner up will receive the following:
  • Award Certificate
  • Book vouchers (value HKD500)
  • Free subscription of ArcGIS for Personal User License for one year
d. A Certificate of Merit will be given to at least 3 (three) contestant.
Participating Requirements
  • Full time students over 18 years old who are affiliated to a university registered in Hong Kong in undergraduate or graduate program, or have obtained the qualification during 2018 may participate.
  • The following deliverables are required to be submitted by each candidate:
    • A self-explained project presentation by Esri Story Map
      (2017 award-winning Story Map:;
    • A A0 size poster with map elements to summarize the work and visualize the project effort (i.e. 84.1cm x 118.9cm; in two file formats (a) AI/PSD format and (b) PDF format in 300 dpi) (Posters from 2017 award winners worldwide:; and
    • A portrait photo
  • Since the judging process will be anonymous to ensure a fair assessment for all entries, please do not put your name, Department Name and University name in the poster and Story Map. Please use an alias name if the project is related to your campus.
  • Group project or research is not accepted.
  • Only one entry is allowed to be submitted per candidate.
  • Esri reserves the right to reject any submission.
  • Extended Submission deadline is on 5 April 2018 (Thursday), 6:00pm.

Judging Criteria
Esri China (HK) will form a judging panel including the representatives from higher education and industry sectors in Hong Kong. Project will be evaluated primarily according to the following criteria.
CriteriaWeighting Rate
Subject and Content (Investigation, Definition of Problem, Problem-solving Issue)30%
Innovativeness & Design Methodology (Originality and Uniqueness)25%
Presentation (Story Map presentation)25%
Application of ArcGIS Software20%
Should you have any inquiry, please contact Ms. Ada Cheong or Ms. Astrid Cheng at +852 2730 6883 or via email at