STORYTELLING with Maps contest

On Monday, September 16 at 8:30 a.m. Esri and NEURISA are challenging you to tell your story through maps at the Storytelling with Maps Contest held at URISA’s GIS-Pro 2013 event. Registration is required.


The top three story maps will be awarded cash prizes!

  •        First place- $250
  •        Second place- $200
  •      Third place- $150

Esri story maps are simple web applications that combine web maps with text, photos, and other content. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a 90-minute primer on story map creation.  Judging will begin at 4:30 p.m.  A reception will immediately follow the competition.  See: for more information about the concept and available templates.

Programming skills are not required.  Templates, Internet access, ArcGIS Online account, and story map hosting will be provided.  The contest is suitable for individuals or small teams.  

Event schedule

Attendance is not required during the entire event, however, story maps entered must be created at the event to qualify for prizes.

8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Story map tutorial

                15 minute break

10:15 to 12:00 noon- Story map creation

12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch break

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Story map creation

                15 minute break

3:15 to 4:30- Story map creation

4:30 to 5:00 p.m. - Judging

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Contest reception

7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.-  Winners announced during GISPro Ignite 2013

judging CRITERIA

Contest entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

§  Connects with audience

§  Draws in and holds user’s attention

§  Degree that user experience supports the story

§  Well-designed web maps

§  Simplicity

Winners will be announced on Monday evening.



The Storytelling with Maps contest is open to registered attendees of URISA’s GIS-Pro 2013 only. An individual cannot belong to more than one team.  Judges and Esri employees are not eligible to win.


Contest submissions will be reviewed by the judges identified by NEURISA and Esri or by another qualified personnel. The panel will judge the submissions on the criteria identified above in order to select winners. The decisions of the judges are final.  URISA, NEURISA, or Esri are not responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the findings presented by the judges or the functionality of the products beyond the close of the contest.

NOTE: Failure of a winner to claim the prize awarded may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.  The winner is solely responsible for any taxes on the prizes.  Travel, accommodations/lodging, and other related expenses of the applicant, if any, are the financial responsibility of the applicant.

If less than 10 contestants register, Esri and/or NEURISA reserve the right to cancel event.

The New England Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (NEURISA) is the professional association of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) practitioners in New England. NEURISA is a nonprofit 501(c)6 organization whose mission is to advance the effective and appropriate use of GIS and related information technologies to solve challenges throughout the region.
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