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SLA honours best brains in Singapore

Singapore: The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) announced the winners of its 4th edition of annual GIS competition, Spatial Challenge. This year, 37 teams from 18 institutions took part in the competition. The Guest-Of-Honour, Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs & Minister for Law, K Shanmugam presented the prizes to the winners. 
The winner in the Pre-University GIS Analysis category is DAT team (Catholic JC). The first and second runners-up are Salmon Concerto (Raffles Institution) and Green Schist (Temasek JC) respectively. The winner in the Tertiary GIS Analysis category is Gold River Rush (National Institute of Education), while the first and second runners-up are The Republicans (Republic Polytechnic) and Handsome Seniors (SMU). The winner in the Tertiary GIS Application category is Viva Studio (Singapore Polytechnic), while the first and second runners-up are 117570 (NUS) and Movement Data Detectives (SMU).
This year, SLA introduced a new category for tertiary students – GIS Applications – to encourage students to incorporate spatial concepts with programming expertise to create new and innovative applications. The SLA Spatial Challenge 2011 consists of three group categories – (1) GIS Analysis: Pre-University (Junior Colleges, Millennia Institute, Integrated Programme schools and NUS High School of Mathematics and Science), (2) GIS Analysis: Tertiary (Polytechnic and Universities) and (3) GIS Application: Tertiary (Polytechnic and Universities).
Shanmugam said: “The Spatial Challenge, now in its fourth year, provides the opportunity for students to have a taste of geospatial information science and technology. Students can bring classroom ideas into the field and use geospatial information and technology to devise solutions to practical issues.”
The Spatial Challenge competition was introduced in 2008 with the aim of increasing the awareness of GIS technology among students and encouraging the innovative use of GIS technology in schools. It is supported by the Ministry of Education. Each year, the competition starts in March, with training sessions for both teachers and students conducted by SLA and Esri Singapore.
Source: SLA