GeoLeague Challenge 2017

GeoLeague 2017 – March 14th from 10:00-11:30 AM at IGTF 20017

This year we’re hosting a challenge that will put your mapping skills to use and serve the humanitarian and open data communities! When major disaster strikes anywhere in the world the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team rallies a huge network of volunteers to create online the maps that enable responders to reach those in need. *This activity is open to all students. Please create an account prior to the session by visiting bring a laptop and get ready to put the world’s most vulnerable people and places on the map!

At the 2017 Annual Conference in Baltimore Maryland March 12-16 2017

GeoLeague Challenge

We are celebrating our seventh year of the GeoLeague Challenge and teams from across the country will compete in a challenge put forth by the ASPRS Student Advisory Council (SAC). Please review the challenge and guidelines for 2017 below.

Recent disaster events such as earthquakes superstorms wildfires sinkholes and floods demonstrate the massive destruction that can occur when a natural disaster strikes. We need vulnerability assessments to build more resilient communities early warning systems to get people out of harm’s way and fast access to data and mapping capabilities to inform disaster response. How can you as a GIS/Remote Sensing student harness data and geospatial technology to reduce the negative impacts of natural disasters? Your challenge is to use a combination of GIS and remote sensing technologies in conjunction with freely available datasets to identify how a natural disaster could have been less devastating to a community and build a tool that will inform and support disaster response organizations.

These are just a few of the locations available to you for free data:

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Participation Guidelines

Form a group of 4-6 undergraduate and/or graduate students and a faculty advisor in your region (at least 1 student must be an ASPRS student member by the registration deadline and remain a student member through the Annual Conference). If you have trouble meeting this requirement please feel free to contact us. You may also ask for guidance from ASPRS members in your surrounding communities.



To be eligible to compete please fill out a Registration Form and return it to SAC Deputy Chair Jason Blankenship prior to Friday February 10, 2017.


(Go to the ASPRS GeoLeage webpage and follow the link to the registration form or click on the link provided:


Proposal Deliverables and Deadlines

1)   Disaster response or prediction tool

2)   Brief report including background objective method and a description of the project.

3)  At least one representative from each team will be required to attend the 2017 Annual ASPRS Conference in Baltimore on March 12-16th to present the team’s project. GeoLeague presentations are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday March 14 2017.

All materials must be submitted by 11:59 pm EST on Tuesday February 28 2017.


The products will be evaluated both before and during the 2017 ASPRS Annual Conference by judges from different sectors of the geospatial industry (Government Employees Students Private Sector Employees Faculty etc.).

End Product – 50 pts

Technical/scientific merit – 20 pts

Project Presentation – 20 pts

Project Report – 10 pts



Recognition and a published Highlight Article in PE&RS one year complimentary membership in ASPRS for all first place team members gift certificates to the ASPRS Bookstore and many more prizes to be announced.



Please contact the ASPRS SAC Deputy Chair if you have any questions:

Jason Blankenship

ASPRS Student Advisory Council Deputy Chair