ASEAN Geospatial, a cooperative network of ASEAN geospatial agencies, companies, and professional networks partnered with NAMRIA for the ASEAN Geospatial Challenge (AGC) 2021: Geospatial Youth Edition. AGC 2021 brings the youth in the ASEAN region together to use geospatial technology and information to support nations in achieving their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It aims to cultivate good relationships and collaborations among the youth in ASEAN, elevate geospatial competencies and facilitate knowledge sharing, and raise interest in the geospatial field. [Source: ASEAN Geospatial]
This year’s challenge is organized by Singapore Land Authority, and supported by Ministry of Development (Survey Department) of Brunei Darussalam, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (Survey Department) of Myanmar, NAMRIA of the Philippines, and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (Department of Survey, Mapping, and Geographic Information) of Viet Nam. AGC 2021 targets geospatial projects supporting the SDGs of students from Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) in the ASEAN Region.
Submissions from Philippine IHLs were handled by NAMRIA. There were 15 participating team projects from various IHLs in the country. The entries were initially judged by NAMRIA’s panel of selected geospatial managers and experts led by Geospatial Information System Management Branch (GISMB) Assistant Director Benjamin P. Balais. The projects were assessed based on the following criteria: Challenge Statement and Relevance (20%), Application of Geospatial Technology (40%), Creativity and Innovation (20%), and Sustainability and Applicability (20%). [Source: ASEAN Geospatial]
The ASEAN Geospatial Challenge 2021 poster
After careful deliberation, two (2) projects were shortlisted for ASEAN-level judging to be held in March 2021. One is Project GEO-AID: A Geospatial Database Crowdfunding Application Development of Team GEO-AID from University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños (College of Forestry and Natural Resources). The other one is HIV and Support Facilities Mapping in the Philippines of Team MapBeks composed of UP Diliman (Department of Geography) and Polytechnic University of the Philippines San Juan Campus.
Screenshot of the sample GEO section of the Project GEO-AID. (Source: Project GEO-AID)
Screenshot of the Philippine HIV Facilities and Support Map from Team MapBeks
The winning team projects in the ASEAN Region will receive a range of prizes. Selected teams will also be featured during the Winners’ Appreciation at Geo Connect Asia 2021. Geo Connect Asia 2021 is an exhibition-led geospatial and location intelligence event with specific focus on Southeast Asia. The event will bring together over 2,200 industry professionals, government agencies, and tech start-ups to discuss and collaborate on tackling today’s key global challenges. [Source: Geo Connect Asia]