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Esri Canada Centre of Excellence

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In 2014, the School of Geography & Earth Sciences was named one of first 6 Esri Canad a Centres of Excellence in Higher Education for GIS (ECCE). There are now 10 centres across Canada. We are proud to be part of this initiative to encourage innovation in GIS research and promote teaching excellence in spatial data management and analysis. Specifically, in the ECCE we focus on new and innovative aspects of GIS technology, including web, mobile and the 3D components of the Esri Platform, to create software and applications to extend the platform. Our aim is to help students develop skills in spatial data management, analysis, software customization and app development.

As part of this initiative, students participate in app challenges and other competitions that showcase their skills, creativity and innovation.  Additionally, student associates have the opportunity to attend annual Esri user conferences, blog on a dedicated ECCE website and network with other Centres of Excellence across the Canada.  More information about the ECCE can be found at https://ecce.esri.ca/wpecce/schools/

Annual App Challenge

2017 App Challange 
 TEAM MEMBERSAPP NAMEVIDEOAPP
Kipp, M., Leipe, S., Lu, W., You, J Social Bikes Intro Video Try the App
Chastko K., Dardas A., Elford S. Conscious Commuter Intro Video Try the App
Brown, M., Kirchin, M., Pitt Y., Timpau V. e-Range Intro Video Try the App
Kulesza A., Tsang, M., Wong, K. Student Commute Ontario 2017 Intro Video Try the App
2016 App Challenge
TEAM MEMBERSAPP NAMEVIDEOAPP
Koehl S., Robins M., Van Kessel A. LOCALeat Intro Video Try the App
Chastko K., Dardas A., Elford S. Potential to Grow Intro Video Try the App
Pitt Y., Staboon J., Timpau V. reHamilton Intro Video Try the App
Kulesza A., You J., Yousufy S. TorontoOnWheels Intro Video Try the App
2015 App Challenge
TEAM MEMBERSAPP NAMEVIDEOAPP
Alison C., Koehl S., Usyk A. Skate Swim Gym Hamilton Intro Video Try the App

Other Competitions

2017 International Year of Global Understanding (IGYU) Story Map Challenge

The International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) Story Maps Competition was a global competition that challenged students raise awareness of the global implications of local everyday actions. McMaster had two students finished tied for second place, each winning 500 Euros.

Karl Chastko, Food, Water and 7 Billion People: Improving Water Efficiency in Agriculture

Spencer Elford, Concrete Jungle: Urban Expansion and the Rise of the Megacity

See there story maps here

2016 Esri Global Content Challenge

This international competition sponsored by Esri, was a challenge to use ESRI’s premier content which consists of a wide variety of cloud based authoritative data products, for their own geographic analyses, visualizations and predictive models. They had to communicate their results with a Story Map Journal, which is a type of web application. There were 3 categories that students could submit to, LAND, OCEAN and POPULATION, and each category had three cash prizes ($10 000, $5000, $2000 USD). There were approximately 550 registrations from nearly 60 countries, with 70 people successfully submitting their apps. I am very happy to report that 5 of our students placed in the money positions, and one received honourable mention.

Land Category

Ocean Category

Population Category

Honourable Mention

Aside from the cash prizes, these Map Journals will be featured at the 2017 Esri Federal GIS Conference, the 2017 Esri Education GIS Conference and other events, as well as in various social media outlets.

 

For more information on GIS at McMaster, contact Patrick DeLuca, GIS Laboratory, School of Geography & Earth Sciences, delucapf@mcmaster.ca.

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

School of Geography and Earth Sciences
McMaster University

General Sciences Building, Room 206
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.24535
Email Inquiries:
sges@mcmaster.ca

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

School of Geography and Earth Sciences
McMaster University

General Sciences Building, Room 206
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
(905) 525-9140 ext. 24535
Email Inquiries:
sges@mcmaster.ca