Call for Entries - 52nd North Student Innovation Prize for Geoinformatics
The 52°North Open Source Initiative hereby issues a call for entries for the 52°North Student Innovation Prize for Geoinformatics.
The aim of this innovation prize is to encourage students to make a contribution to the development and practical realization of innovative concepts in the field of geoinformatics.
The competition is directed primarily at students of geoinformatics, computer science, business informatics and media informatics. Applications are requested from small teams of students (2-4 members); applications will also be accepted from individuals (who will also be referred to as teams for the purposes of the competition).
The innovation prize is being awarded by 52°North GmbH, con terra GmbH, ESRI Geoinformatik GmbH, the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth
Observation (ITC in Enschede) and the Institute for Geoinformatics at the University of Münster. All of these institutions are working together under the banner of the 52°North Open Source Initiative, with the common aim of promoting research and education in the field of geoinformatics. A central foundation of 52°North's activities is the constant exchange of research matters and innovative developments between academic and business organizations. Located in Münster, the 52°North Initiative possesses a level of potential which is unique throughout Europe when it comes to the development of innovative solutions in the field of geoinformation as a whole as well as in its constituent applications.
The innovation prize will enable the winning team to stay with the 52°North Initiative in Münster for at least a month. During this time, the winners of the innovation prize will develop their prize-winning ideas together
with students and academic personnel from the aforementioned institutions. Their work should culminate in the implementation of a fully functioning open source software programme as a proof-of-concept.
Depending on the size of the student team, prize money of between 1,500 and a maximum of 4,000 euros will be awarded. The money is intended to contribute towards financing the winning team's stay in Münster. Upon successful completion of their activities, the team will receive a bonus of between 500 and 2,000 euros.
The application can be entered in either German or English, and must include the following documents:
· For the team as a whole: an explanation of the motivation and practical relevance behind the idea, a functional and technical draft plan for its implementation, and a time schedule stating the desired dates for the stay in Münster;
· For each member of the team: a curriculum vitae in
tabular form, including previous studies, and a personal declaration.
The closing date for applications is November 30, 2008. The idea which is selected as the winner of the innovation prize will be developed and implemented in Münster from mid-February 2009.
For further information regarding this competition, please see: www.52north.org.
Please send your application by November 30, 2008 to: 52°North Initiative Ms. Ann Hitchcock