Story Maps Competition Open to High School Students Around the World

The International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) Story Maps Competition is a contest aimed at young people from around the world to help raise awareness of the global implications of local everyday action.  This awesome Story Map Competition encourages youth to tackle important environmental and humanitarian issues and share their story using the Esri Story Map Technology. Getting started is simple.

International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) Story Maps Competition

If you already have an ArcGIS Online Public or ArcGIS Online Organizational Account, then you’re ready to go! Just create a Story Map and make sure that you’ve shared it with everyone. Then fill out the “Enter the Competition” form and begin – Good Luck!

With a deadline now extended until Feb. 2017, this is a fabulous opportunity for young people looking to tackle important environmental, cultural, or economic issues and leverage the power of geography in doing so.

About The International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) Story Maps Competition

We are inviting high school and college age students to share their perspectives and research on topics associated with global understanding by creating story maps that examine and address the ways in which we inhabit our increasingly globalized world. The story maps you create should relate to the Key Messages of the International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) and be developed under one (or more) of their six themes for the year.

  • Eating/drinking/surviving
  • Moving/staying/belonging
  • Working/housing/urbanizing
  • Communicating/networking/interacting
  • Wasting/recycling/preserving
  • Sports/entertaining/recreating

If you are high school student (age 15-19) with a story to tell, or a higher education student doing research in one of
these areas and are interested in participating, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page to receive an email
with instructions on how to submit your story map. The story map can be submitted in any language. However, a summary in English would be very helpful.

Youth Are Invited to Get started at

Three winning story maps will be selected and receive some great cash prizes!




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