Call for Entries - 52nd North Student Innovation Prize for Geoinformatics

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Call for Entries - 52nd North Student Innovation Prize for Geoinformatics

Artur Gil

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:

Please send your application by November 30, 2008 to:
52°North Initiative
Ms. Ann Hitchcock

Martin-Luther-King-Weg 24
48155 Münster

Dipl.-Geogr. Ann Hitchcock
52°North GmbH
Martin-Luther-King-Weg 24
48155 Muenster, Germany

Geschäftsführer: Dr. Albert Remke, Dr. Andreas Wytzisk
Amtsgericht Münster HRB 10849

Tel.: +49 (0)251 74 74- 520
Fax: +49 (0)251 74 74- 530

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