Apply for the GIS Day Contest 2019

Win the award for the best mapping project idea by entering the GIS Day Contest 2019, open from November 13th to November 27th.
GIS Day contest 2019
Every year, thousands of Geogeeks worldwide celebrate International GIS Day. We are also joining the celebration by launching another GIS Day Contest to promote initiatives and project ideas that influence advancement and sustainability in local communities around the world.
The main goal of the contest is to promote initiative in creating meaningful mapping projects that contribute to communities around the world. Also, to motivate non-profit organizations, citizens, college students, academic staff, and start-ups to engage in the development of their local communities using modern GIS technologies. GIS Cloud team will select the best project ideas and help winners in the project’s realization.
This year, the contest has a theme. We have noticed an immense need for sustainable projects in the clean water and sanitation sector around the world. That’s why we are giving three prizes to projects in the water sector and one prize for any other type of mapping project. So, to qualify for the three prizes, apply your project with a theme from the list below. For the last prize, you can apply any type of mapping project.
Clean water and sanitation themes:

Mapping water resources

Water resource management

Water infrastructure

Clean water and sanitation

The digital water utility

Digital wastewater treatment 

Water sustainability

Alternative drinking water production

Digital drinking water 

Integrated water resource management

Surface water


Digital water cities

Water wise cities 

Water distribution systems


What do we offer?

We will award the top 3 + 1 project ideas with:

  • support in conducting the project idea (GIS Cloud Premium licenses for free, including storage and full user support)
  • project promotion
  • GIS Cloud acknowledgment and certification of participation


Who can apply?

Citizens, non-profit organizations and companies all around the world. If you are a college/university student or attending elementary/high school, part of the academic staff, an activist, start-up company, an organization or a person who wants to make a valuable contribution to a local community, you can apply for the GIS Day Contest. One of the main criteria for selecting the best project ideas is that it has social relevance.

Examples of project ideas

Students from Zagreb, Croatia applied for GIS Cloud contest last year and their project idea was recognized as a valuable endeavor, winning free licenses to execute their plan. They envisioned this project with a goal to collect all relevant data in the city which facilitates daily activities of people with disabilities. Read their report.

Another great example is an NGO that tries to tackle the spread of disease caused by extreme air, water, and soil pollution in Bangladesh. They plan to establish a disease surveillance system and conduct a spatial analysis to determine high-risk areas. Winning the GIS Contest award in 2017 allowed them to finish a pilot project that included mapping of communities and settlements in Southern Bangladesh.


Contest guidelines

Contest submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Community impact
  • Realization potential (is it realistic that the project will be accomplished within one year)
  • The originality of the idea and innovative application of geo-technology

Note: You don’t have to worry about presenting a detailed project plan. We are rewarding an idea, not the fully elaborated project. GIS Cloud will assist with project elaboration and technical support for setting up the project.
* Non-profit organizations can compete with their existing projects in the special awards category.
Contest Entry Requirement: at least one member of your team must possess the English skills necessary for correspondence with the GIS Cloud team and filling in the submission form.
Deadline for applications: November 27th, 2019 (00:00 in your timezone)
Results: Winners will be announced within two weeks of the application deadline.
If you have any questions about the GIS Day contest, contact us here.
Apply by filling in the submission form:

Your Name

Contact Email


ZIP code


Project Name

Project Description (max 500 words)

How will your project contribute to the local community or the society in general? (max 250 words)

Describe which resources you will need to conduct the project. Do you have the technological means to execute the project as per the project description? (Computers and/or mobile phones, Internet connection, additional software or hardware if needed)

Do you need support from governmental and non-governmental institutions to conduct the project or can you collect all your data by yourself? Describe how you will ensure the availability of data in case you need support from external organizations.

Number of Participants

Names of the Participants

Project timeframe (Must be realized before September 15, 2020)

Project location