Geospatial Information Competition

The winners are announced!

Following an flurry of entries and exciting activity, the winners of the 2018 Geospatial Information Competition can now finally be revealed.

The winners

Without further ado, the winners of the Geospatial Information Competition!

In first place, we have Lizzie and Micah from Nowra Christian College in NSW. Studying year 7 last year, Lizzie and Micah completed a storymap called ‘Using spatial technology to optimise nest box placement’. The judges felt that they cleverly used the data they had collected, wielding geospatial tools and geospatial information very well to outline their problem, analyse it and come to a conclusion. You can find their winning entry here.

In second place, it is Bede and Tom who were in Year 9 at Barker College in NSW last year. Their video, ‘Solving homelessness in NSW using geospatial technologies’, examined homelessness in Sydney and NSW. We felt that they used geospatial data well to explain their issue. Watch their running-up entry here.

The prize

Lizzie, Micah and their supervising teacher will be flown to Melbourne for the APSEA Gala Dinner to showcase their work to the industry and to see how geospatial tools can be used in the real world.

First prize also nets Lizzie and Micah $1000 cash, while Bede and Tom receive $500 cash.

The 2019 competition is coming soon

Congratulations to our two winning teams! The standard of entries across the competition was high, and we would also like to extend our thanks to all the students who applied. We hope you got a lot out of the experience and enjoyed the process of using spatial information to help address issues that are important to us in the local area.

We are gearing up now for our 2019 competition, expected to launch in Term 2 to give schools more time to get their responses in. If you have any questions about the 2018 or the 2019 competition, email

The criteria

Students were judged on how well their response:

  • Identifies a challenge and outlines the processes that have led to/caused that challenge in the local area
  • Uses spatial technologies to help analyse the issues around their challenge
  • Communicates their solution to the problem in a clear, engaging and compelling way

Judging the student or group’s year level into consideration.

What the competition involved

This competition helped demonstrate the importance of geospatial science in an increasingly complex and exciting world. Teachers and students were supplied with geospatial science teaching and learning materials to ensure effective engagement with their classroom subjects.The Geospatial Information Competition was a chance for students from grade 7 through 10 to get to grips with how geospatial science works, what it can tell us about our communities, and ways that it can help us solve real world problems.

It was also a chance to have a lot of fun playing with cool technology.

In completing their project, students were permitted to align their entry with the geography, science, mathematics and technology curricula.

Thinking about what comes after grade 12?

There are a number of pathways you can take if you want to study geospatial science in Queensland.