GIS Day Contest 2020 – Apply Now

November 17, 2020
5 min read

While the Geoawareness week is in the full swing, thousands of Geogeeks worldwide focus on the importance of geography and celebrate the International GIS Day!
Like every year we are joining the celebration by launching yet another GIS Day Contest to promote initiatives and project ideas that influence advancement and sustainability in local communities around the world.
Win an award for the best mapping project idea by entering our GIS Day Contest 2020, open from November 18th to November 27th.
The main goal of the contest is to promote the 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.
Just like last year, the contest has a theme. 
We have noticed an increasing need for sustainable projects dealing with vegetation management, forestry, tree/plants maintenance and inspection, and other environmental issues around the world. 
We are giving three awards to projects in the vegetation and environmental sector. To qualify for this category, apply your project with a suggested or similar theme from our list below. 
We are also giving one additional award if you wish to apply for any other type of mapping project which is not related to the given vegetation management topic. 
Recommended themes:

If you have a project or idea on any of these or similar themes, be sure to apply for the GIS Day Contest.

What Do We Offer?

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


Who Can Apply?

Citizens, non-profit organizations and companies all around the world! 
Suppose you are a college/university student or attending 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. 
In that case, you can apply for the 2020 GIS Day Contest. One of the main criteria for selecting the best project ideas is that it has social relevance.

Examples Of Project Ideas

Find out a bit about some awesome projects that won GIS Day contests in the previous years, successfully completed their goals and helped their communities. 

Landslides in the Kivu region caused significant socio-economic destruction where people lost their homes and family. These events have deeply impacted the population. African NGO from the Democratic Republic of Congo integrated desktop and online GIS workflow to create a heatmap that would emphasise the hotspots of the landslides and help predict the future development risks of this region.
Read their case study

Another excellent example is an African NGO that mapped water taps for the entire population of Kumba in Cameroon to ensure safe water and decrease the risk of WASH-related diseases. They plan to continue their efforts throughout Cameroon and introduce new data collection approaches and provide visual and secure access to clean drinking water. 
Read their case study

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

Contest Guidelines

Contest submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

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, 2020 (00:00 in your timezone)


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 For GIS Day Contest By Filling In The Submission Form:

    Your Name

    Contact Email


    ZIP code


    Name of organization

    Type of organization

    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

    Project location


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