Esri Announces Winners of Storytelling with Maps Competition

Redlands, California—July 14, 2011—Esri heralded the winners of the Storytelling with Maps competition at the 2011 Esri International User Conference (Esri UC). Chih Cheng Chang, director of the application system division at RiChi in New Taipei City, Taiwan, won first place for Best Web Map. Dr. Thanos Doganis, director of R&D at Terra Ltd., with Terra Mapping The Globe Ltd. in Athens, Greece, won first place for Best Mobile App. 

Chang's web map shows natural resources data, including hydrology, water resources, geology, and soil, and introduces professional GIS-related information to a general audience. Terra's free mobile app for the iPhone provides points of interest, including hospitals and pharmacies on duty, for numerous cities in Greece.  The winners were selected by a distinguished panel of judges comprised of Jean McKendry of the American Association of Geographers; Frank Biasi of National Geographic; and Allen Carroll, Deane Kensok, and Damien Demaj of Esri’s ArcGIS Online Team.

Jack Dangermond presented the awards to the winners at the Esri UC in San Diego, California, on Wednesday, July 13, 2011. The competition was created to show how maps can visually communicate meaningful and interesting information about the world, people, and places.

Winning Entries

  • First-Place Best Web Map: Chih Cheng Chang—Natural Environment Database Map in Taiwan
  • Second-Place Best Web Map: Tom Sellsted—Yakima Transit iBus Widget
  • Third-Place Best Web Map: Don Barker—The Search for Frederick Douglass' Birthplace
  • First-Place Best Mobile App: Thanos Doganis—Livemap
  • Second-Place Best Mobile App: Chih Cheng Chang—NGIS Natural Environment Maps in Taiwan iOS App
  • Third-Place Best Mobile App: Patrick Bell—iGeology
  • Community Favorite Award Best Web Map: Mark Laudon—Save the Rain!
  • Community Favorite Award Best Mobile App: Patrick Bell—iGeology

View all contest entries at

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