Where in the World?: A Geospatial Intelligence Challenge

As the US Census predicts the human population to exceed 9 billion in the next 30 years, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) challenges individuals to discover how this will impact the future. The objective of this challenge is to report the best and worst places to live in 2025. This is determined by the best and worst places for specific criteria. These criteria include, but are not limited to: Water Resources, Food Security, and Risk of Natural Disaster. A place can be defined in this challenge as a region, country, or even a large city.

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Teams for this challenge may be constructed of high school students, undergraduates, and graduate students, with a faculty sponsor. A suggested team size ranges between 2 and 5 individuals.  Bear in mind this is a WORLD WIDE competition. Teams must include UN data in order to be eligible for this challenge.

The intent for this challenge is to create a multi-media geospatial narrative, through an analytic and exploratory approach.  Teams will submit a geo-journalism style presentation with web access, through YouTube or other software. In addition, a written paper describing the process of their discoveries is required. There are few guidelines, and volunteer NGA judges are open to other exciting, novel ideas to complete this task.

For more information on the Where in the World Challenge, please click here.

Registration is to be completed by Friday, February 28, 2014. Follow this link to the registration page!