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Monday, August 06, 2012

Thirty three teams from 18 schools enterred the contest sponsored by the Singapore Land Authority and Esri. The winners are listed (but not what they built) but the most interesting news is from the Ministry of Education.

SLA and the Ministry of Education (MOE) are exploring the development of a web-based application for A-level Geography students. SLA is also formulating a Geospatial Competency Framework in consultation with academic, industry and public agency partners.” said Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Law Sim Ann.

- FutureGov

Google has a contest for geo developers:

How would you make your community or local government run better? In our first Google Places API Developer Challenge, we’re inviting developers around the world to make something that improves their communities or governments by using the Google Places API and its database of places and tools. The developers of the winning applications will receive a VIP experience at Google I/O 2013.

There are datasets to get you started. Submissions open Aug 15 and are due Oct 15.

- Google Geo Dev Blog

Pitney Bowes Inc. today announced the launch of the Pitney Bowes Entrepreneurial Competition, an innovation-focused contest targeting startup and entrepreneurial organizations. The Company also announced its participation in the sponsorship program conducted by the Stamford Innovation Center, which provides startup-centric programs to accelerate entrepreneurial efforts.

The Pitney Bowes Entrepreneurial Competition is designed to identify and drive the development of growth businesses that can leverage three of the Company’s technology areas: Spectrum® Spatial analytics and location intelligence; the secure evidencing platform; and the Connect+® web-enabled digital envelope and mail printing system.

Winners get a year of office space in Stamford, access to PB services and more. Ends Sept 7.

- details

- press release

Seattle, King County and Washington State are teaming up to offer more than $75,000 in prize money for development of apps that use government data and stimulate economic development throughout the state. State support comes from the Washington State Broadband Office which is a program of the state Department of Commerce. The challenge officially opens today and is open to anyone who lives, works or studies in Washington State.

The contest closes Sept 6.

- Evergreen App Contest

- Maple Valley Reporter

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/06 at 05:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The University of Kentucky uses a GIS Workshop to encourage project based learning and support local orgnaizations.

Students in Wilson's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Workshop course spent the past semester applying their knowledge of geographic technology from the classroom to assist real organizations in Lexington. The course, which capitalizes on resources within the College of Arts and Sciences, provides students with hands-on experience through community-based partnerships. Students incorporate mapping techniques and technology to enhance community organizations' operations.

- UK News

Nice article in the Boulder, CO paper about Front Range Community College's certificate in GIS. Data tidbit:

The median wage for computer GIS technicians in 2011 was $38.43 an hour or $79,930 a year, according to O-Net Online. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts jobs in computer systems analysis will grow faster than average.

- Daily Camera

Stark State College, Ohio, will offer an associates degree in GIS starting this fall.

- The Independent

A newly released set of maps takes this idea down to the neighborhood level – one specific neighborhood. In "Mission Possible," undergrad students in the Cartography and GIS Education Lab in UC Berkeley's Geography Department have created 22 maps exploring the Mission District in San Francisco. The maps offer a detailed look at geographical elements of the neighborhood, from the locations of cupcakes and gang territory to low-income housing, to the contaminated underground sites of former gas station storage tanks. The maps are now available as a printed atlas.

- The Atlantic Cities

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/06 at 03:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Back at the end of July, Barry Rowlingson suggested the open source community consider building an open source/open data atlas to spread the open vision and the cartography is can create. The discussion thread is here and the resulting efforts at Github.

via twitter

TatukGIS Consulting has proposed hosting a two-day TatukGIS Users Conference in Dubuque, Iowa, USA in the month of November. The company is looking for user feedback (survey) to make the commitment and bring staffers from Europe.

- TatukGIS Consulting via GIS Cafe

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/06 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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