Esri Young Scholar Award

Submissions are now open for the NZ Esri Young Scholar Award 2022.

The NZ Esri Young Scholar Award enables one NZ Scholar to showcase a GIS Project they have completed with excellence on an international scale at the Esri User Conference. The 2022 NZ Esri Young Scholar will also connect with other Young Scholars from around the world and have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the huge international Esri User Conference itself, an unforgettable experience. The GIS project that is submitted for the Award can include comprehensive research papers, software development, impactful maps, and apps that promote education, conservation, disaster response, and urban planning.

Are you a student using Esri's ArcGIS to complete a project or to conduct a research project? Then you may be eligible to apply to be New Zealand's Esri Young Scholar.

Eagle Technology, the distributor for Esri in New Zealand, is seeking entries for this prestigious award. The winner will receive:

  • Registration for Esri Education Summit @ Esri UC and Esri User Conference
  • An ArcGIS Personal Use License
  • Travel, accommodation and meal costs (to a maximum of 7 nights) - COVID19 dependent

  • Award and photo with Jack Dangermond, President, Esri - COVID19 dependent

If the NZ Esri Young Scholar is able to travel to San Diego to attend the Esri User Conference in-person, the award is presented at a Special Achievement in GIS award ceremony during the week of the Esri UC 2022, July 11 – 15, San Diego, CA. If the NZ Esri Young Scholar attends the Esri User Conference virtually, the award will be sent to the scholars chosen address within New Zealand.


What you need to know:

  • You must be aged 30 or younger
  • You must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in a New Zealand university 2022 OR have graduated from a New Zealand University in 2021


How should you apply?

Submit your entry to by 5pm, 31 March, 2022.


Your submission should include*:

- A brief summary of your project and how you used ArcGIS in one or more of the following areas of benefit:

  • Furthering Scientific Knowledge, in a relevant area of study such as marine biology, geography, geology etc.
  • Better decision making, using GIS to allow an organisation or individual to make more informed decisions based upon locational data and analysis, possibly combined with non GIS information.
  • Managing geographically, GIS is becoming essential to understand what is going on. Using GIS to improve understand of a process such as development of a landform, environmental impact of chemical discharge, spread of disease.

- An A2 or larger poster illustrating your maps and summarising your use of GIS technology in your project (PDF or PNG format at 300 dpi resolution)

 - A self-photo (head and shoulders) at minimum 300 dpi resolution

*A link to a downloadable file on Dropbox or similar is acceptable



Winner of the 2021 Esri Young Scholar Award

The Esri Young Scholar Award was not awarded in 2021.



Winner of the 2020 Esri Young Scholar Award

Bingyu Deng of the University of Canterbury is the 2020 winner of the NZ Esri Young Scholar Award for her project on the use of ArcGIS and BIM in fire rescue decision making. To learn more about her project visit Bingyu was honoured virtually in front of the more than 50,000 attendees at the Esri User Conference in 2020, alongside other young scholars from around the world - Congratulations Bingyu!

Winner of the 2019 Esri Young Scholar Award

Rose Mwipiko of Massey University is the Winner of the 2019 NZ Esri Young Scholar Award. As the recipient of this award Rose will be attending the Esri Education Summit and Esri User Conference in San Diego in July 2019. Rose's winning project used ArcGIS to explore the effects of the Built Environment on Depression in the Wellington Region. If you would like to learn more about Rose's project see details on our BLOG. Well done, Rose!

Winner of the 2018 Esri Young Scholar Award

Daniel Surkalim of The University of Auckland is the Winner of the 2018 NZ Esri Young ScholarAward. As the recipient of this award Daniel will be attending the Esri Education Summit and Esri User Conference in San Diego in July 2018. Daniel’s winning project used ArcGIS to explore the relationship between life expectancy and living near major Auckland public transport hubs. If you would like to learn more about Daniel’s project see details on our BLOG. Well done, Daniel!

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