Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] 52°North announces this year's Student Innovation Prize

Henning Lorenz henning.lorenz at
Thu Mar 3 06:54:55 PST 2011

Great initiative. But not a single woman amongst nine jury members isn't really an encouragement for the 50+% of femal students out there.

On 2011-03-03, at 14:53 , Ann Hitchcock wrote:

> Innovation in use -
> Idea – concept – implementation - application
> 52°North Student Innovation Prize for Geoinformatics
> Innovation is a driving force for the development of our economy. Innovation is based on innovative ideas, on applicable and implementable concepts, generating new technologies and applications. However, a novel idea becomes an innovation only if it meets certain demands and unfolds its use in practice.
> The 52°North Student Innovation Prize encourages students to contribute to innovation in the field of Geoinformatics. The prize will acknowledge and financially reward outstanding innovative and trendsetting concepts and announce them to a greater audience.
> 52°North invites all students of Geoinformatics and related fields, who have not yet completed a Master’s Degree or Diploma in either Geoinformatics, Informatics or a related field, to submit a paper outlining their innovative concept. In addition, the paper must emphasize the innovative quality of the concept and convincingly describe its feasibility and practical use.
> Students may apply as individuals or in small teams (2 - 3 members). Each applicant (each member of a team) must submit a written declaration and a tabular CV along with his or her application. An appropriate form is available here []. The paper should be 3500 – 5000 words long and written in English. All application documents must be submitted in digital form per email.
> Members of the jury are:
> -      Prof. Dr. Edzer Pebesma, Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Muenster
> -      Dr. Ir. Rob Lemmens, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente
> -      Karl Wiesmann, con terra GmbH
> -      Prof. Dr. Gerd Buziek, ESRI Deutschland GmbH
> -      Prof. Dr. Ulrich Streit 52°North
> -      Dr. Andreas Wytzisk, 52°North
> -      Günther Pichler, ESRI Inc.
> -      Prof. Dr. Antonio Krüger, Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
> -      Prof. Dr. Lars Bernard, Fakultät Forst-, Geo- und Hydrowissenschaften, Technische Universität Dresden
> The winning concepts will be presented at the opening ceremony of the “GEOINFORMATIK 2011 – GEOCHANGE” on June 15, 2011 inMünster, Germany. According to the quality of the submissions, the jury will award the following prizes: 
> 	• First Prize: 1.500 EUR, plus reimbursement of expenses for presenting a paper at a Geoinformatics conference in 2011/2012 (travel, accommodation, fees) up to 1.000 EUR.
> 	• Second and Third Prize: reimbursement of expenses for presenting a paper at a Geoinformatics conference in 2011/2012 (travel, accommodation, fees) up to 500 EUR.
> 52°North offers an internship to all prize winners to foster the practical realization of innovative ideas. In an inspiring environment, the winners receive academic and technical support for implementing their technical ideas as a proof of concept.
> The deadline for submitting digital applications is May 1, 2011. The winner(s) will be notified by May 31, 2011 and publicized and awarded at the Geoinformatik 2011.
> Please send your application to:
> 52°North Initiative
> Ms. Ann Hitchcock
> 52nprize at
> The innovation prize is sponsored by 52°North GmbH, con terra GmbH, ESRI Deutschland GmbH, the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente and the Institute for Geoinformatics at the University of Muenster. These institutions work together under the banner of the 52°North Open Source Initiative to promote research and education in the field of Geoinformatics. A central part of 52°North’s activities is the constant exchange of research ideas and innovative developments between academia and business. Based in Muenster, 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.
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> Ann Hitchcock
> 52°North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software GmbH
> Martin-Luther-King-Weg 24
> 48155 Muenster, Germany
> tel. +49 (0)251 396371 -0
> fax: +49 (0)251 396371 -11
> a.hitchcock at
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> Dr. Albert Remke, Dr. Andreas Wytzisk
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