Student dynamic map competition

NACIS Student Dynamic Map Competition Rules

This competition recognizes excellence in dynamic mapping.


Any student enrolled in a certificate program, undergraduate, or graduate/post-graduate program in any country who has not previously won first prize may enter.

The cartographic work in these maps must be the original work of the entrant. Use of third party or commercial technology is permitted, but must be appropriately cited. The data, if not produced by the entrant, must also be appropriately cited.

Students may enter as many times as they wish, but may only win one prize.

Students may re-enter a map from a previous year’s competition provided the map has been improved in a significant way.

Entries must have interactive or dynamic functionality to be considered.

Entries must have been created during the 2016–2017 academic year.

Entries must be submitted no later than May 31, 2017 midnight CST.

Web sites for all competition entries must be active through October 31, 2017.

Judging Criteria

Maps will be judged and ranked based on the following criteria:

CONCEPT AND ORIGINALITY: This criterion considers how innovative the map is. How much of the work is borrowed from the work of others? Are there many maps just like it?

CARTOGRAPHIC DESIGN: This criterion considers artistic merit, cartographic presentation, clarity of communication, and the quality of graphic composition.

INTERFACE DESIGN: This criterion assesses the design and functionality of the Graphical User Interface (GUI), and how well it works for the intended audience.

RELIABILITY/COMPATABILITY: This criterion considers the reliability and compatibility of the map for its intended platform (e.g. mobile device).


Winning Prize for Individual Entry: $500
Winning Prize for Group Entry: $500

At least one high quality map must be received for each category to warrant awarding both prizes. If no high quality maps are received in one or both categories, judges can decide not to award a prize for the category.

All winners will receive a letter of recognition.

Additionally, winners will be announced at the NACIS Annual Meeting.

Judging Standards

Judges will use the current versions of Firefox, Safari, or Chrome with a true color monitor with a resolution of at least 1280 x 800.

Judges will be solicited from the membership of NACIS. A panel of three judges will evaluate each map.

Judging Process

When a map is submitted, the competition director will make an initial evaluation of the map to determine whether the quality is minimally acceptable, the map is generally working, and appropriate citations and credits are given. If problems exist, the directors may decline the entry with comments or instructions to the entrant. Once the directors accept the map for judging, the entrant will be notified that the map has been successfully entered into the competition.

Initial judging typically occurs just after the entry is received. Final judging of the best maps is done during the week prior to the NACIS Annual Conference.

One purpose of this competition is to reward and foster excellence in Dynamic Cartography. Therefore, at the discretion of the judges and competition director, no prize may be awarded in one or both of the categories.

The winners will be announced at the annual meeting banquet, including screenshots depicting the prize-worthy maps. Within 10 days of the banquet, all entrants will receive an e-mail notifying them of the results and any other pertinent information.

Any questions about the NACIS Student Web Mapping Competition should be directed to the competition director Robin Tolochko.