The team win first place in the 2018 Esri Canada App Challenge competition

May 18, 2018

Congratulations to Alysha, Anthony and Chris, the team of our undergraduate students who won the first place in the  Esri Canada GIS Centers of Excellence (ECCE) in GIS 2018 App Challenge. During the week-long competition, teams combined geographic information systems (GIS) skills with computer programming, software tools, geospatial analysis and data handling to develop innovative spatial solutions to selected societal problems.

Alysha van Duynhoven (Computing Science), Anthony Lee (Geography) and Chris Yee (Geography) are also enrolled in the Spatial Information Systems (SIS) Certificate program in the Department of Geography. The team designed and developed GoElectric as an interactive geospatial online GeoApp that compares savings in terms of fuel costs and carbon emissions for typical travel routes of a select set of electric and conventional vehicles for the City of Vancouver as the study area of focus and with publicly available data. The demo and more information on the GoElectric GeoApp can be found at the Esri Canada 2018 App Challenge website. The team was coordinated by SFU's Esri Canada Centre of Excellence (ECCE) in GIS within the Faculty of Environment and Geography Department, and managed by Drs. Suzana Dragicevic and Shiv Balram. The App Challenge competition has been organized for several years now by Drs. Brent Hall and Michael Leahy from the Higher Education and Research Department of Esri Canada. There were more than 20 entries in the 2018 competition from across Canada  with two teams from SFU. The judging was done by a panel of international GIS experts, Ian Wint, GIS Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Dr. Josef Strobl – Professor and Head, Department of Geoinformatics, University of Salzburg, Austria, and Jan Willem van Eck, Chief Research Officer & Lecturer, Esri Netherlands.

As winners of the competition, the team members will each receive a fully-paid trip to the July 2018 Esri International User Conference in San Diego, USA, a major event of several thousand GIS experts, software users and participants from industry and academia from around the world.

Congratulations Alysha, Anthony and Chris, well done!