OAGEE Spatial Technology Mapping Contest

Sponsored by: OAGEE,  Canadian Geographic Education, Esri Canada

This contest is open only to residents of Canada who are teachers and are OAGEE members (excluding Quebec) and will be interpreted according to Canadian Law.

To register for OAGEE please follow the link: Membership

Students will create a spatial technological map using ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Online to communicate a possible solution to a Geographic Issue. 

Submission deadline: April 30th, 2020.


  • to promote students’ observation and awareness of  local or world issues.
  • to promote students’ application of the geographic inquiry model and the geographic concepts of thinking.
  • to apply young people’s knowledge of local and world issues using spatial technology to communicate results
  • to inspire young people to observe and interact with local and world issues through digital mapping.
  • for young people to recognise that digital mapping is an exciting and interesting way to communicate possible solutions to local and world issues.

What’s involved?

This year’s competition is about explaining the story behind a local or world issue; What is where? Why there? Why care? and to develop an action plan (solution) that can be communicated to an appropriate audience via Story Map.

Students must use the geographic inquiry model to help develop an action plan that utilizes the geographic concepts of thinking to better communicate the plan.

How to enter: Teachers with an OAGEE membership will submit, on behalf of their students, a Digital Map/Story Map of a local or world issue with a description (maximum of 250 words) that describes and interprets the problem that has created your issue and a possible solution.

 Submission form:

The competition entry deadline is April 30th, 2020.

The OAGEE website includes advice and suggestions for discovering examples of local and world issues plus tips for creating a digital map. Each entry will be judged on both the quality of the map and the description of the possible solution to the issue it contains.

Esri Canada will:

  • Facilitate virtual training on the use of ArcGIS software to equip students with the spatial skills to participate. Starting with a virtual session on
  • Ongoing technical support for participants in the use of ArcGIS software,
  • Access to ArcGIS software including ArcGIS Desktop, Pro, ArcGIS Online and mobile apps for the participants.


There are two entry categories:

  1. Grade 7-9, 2. Grades 10-12.

Students will work independently to produce their independant Story Map for submission.


Prizes are courtesy of ….

  • 1st prize = OAGEE: Teacher gets free Fall conference and membership for a year

     Can Geo Ed: Free subscription, Prize pack of Special Interest Publication of Can Geo, Poster maps

    Esri: $125 for student

  • 2nd prize = OAGEE Teacher get free Conference

      Can Geo Ed: Student free subscription, map prize pack

      Esri: $75 for student

  • 3rd prize = OAGEE Teachers gets free membership for a year

    Can Geo Ed: Free subscription, current issue and special interest mapping publication

    Esri: $25 for student

Esri will also facilitate virtual training on the use of ArcGIS software to equip students with the spatial skills to participate

All winners and entries judged as Highly Commended will receive a copy of Canadian Geographic from OAGEE/Canadian Geographic/Esri and a certificate.

Prize winning maps will feature on the OAGEE/RCGS/Esri websites.


(a)    Only one (1) contest entry per individual or team. There is a limit of three (3) entries per Educator per class or club.  Duplicate entries, incomplete entries, and entries with falsified information will be disqualified.

 (b)   Use only one (1) email address of the Educator who enters the Contest on behalf of the students. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of an entrant, the entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized holder of the email address at the time of entry. For these purposes, the “authorized holder” is the natural person who is assigned to the submitted email address by an Internet access or online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.

 (c)    Verification of Entries: The validity of any entry is subject to verification by the Sponsor.  Incomplete or fraudulent entries will be rejected. Anyone who enters or attempts to enter the Contest in a manner which is contrary to these Contest Rules or which is otherwise disruptive to the proper operation of the Contest or by its nature is unjust to other entrants or potential entrants will be rejected and that entrant or purported entrant will be disqualified.

 (d)   All decisions of the Sponsor and judges, who may be employees or independent contractors of the Sponsor, with respect to all aspects of the Contest, including without limitation the eligibility or disqualification of entrants or entries, are final and binding without right of appeal and will occur without notice to any entrant.

 (e)   Odds: The odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received.

 (f)     This Contest is void where prohibited, and is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws.

 (g)    Substitution of a Prize: The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, and for any reason whatsoever, to substitute a Prize or any part thereof, with an alternate prize of equivalent value.

 (h)   Termination of Contest: The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify, cancel, extend, terminate or suspend the Contest, in whole or in part, subject to the approval of the Régie in Quebec, in the event of any cause or circumstance, including without limitation any virus, computer bug or unauthorized human intervention, or any other cause that is beyond the control of the Sponsor, that could corrupt or affect the administration, security, impartiality or normal course of the Contest. Sponsor reserve the right to modify the contest rules for any of the reasons above.

 (i)      Communication with Entrants: No communication or correspondence will be entered into with any Contest entrants about their specific contest entries, other than with entrants selected by the judges.

 (j)     In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between the terms and conditions of the Contest Rules and disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest related materials, including but not limited to the Contest entry form, or advertising, the terms and conditions of these Contest Rules shall prevail, govern and control.

 (k)    Personal Information: The personal information gathered about entrants in connection with this Contest will be kept in a secure and confidential database, and will not be rented or sold. Personal information of the entrants will be used for the administration of this Contest only. If you wish to opt-out after the registration process, please send a written request, including your name, address and phone number to:


Attention: Ewan Geddes

Subject: OAGEE Map Competition 2019-2020



Esri Canada Technical Support

Attention Jean Tong



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