[OSGeo Africa] Call for Entries - 52°North Student Innovation Prize for Geoinformatics

Gavin Fleming GavinF at mintek.co.za
Wed Jun 11 06:25:50 EDT 2008

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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

hitchcock at 52north.org
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