Geospatial World Awards 2020 goes digital
September 15, 2020: Geospatial Media and Communications has announced its Geospatial World Awards will take place virtually this year, for the first time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Geospatial World Awards
are an internationally-acclaimed premium awards recognizing individuals and
organizations behind remarkable innovations and ideas in the global geospatial
industry. Initiated in 2007, the awards have recognized over 200+ individuals
and organizations till date.
The Geospatial World Awards 2020 will be held virtually on 6 October 2020, from 2.00PM – 4.30PM CEST.
Registration is now open at https://geospatialworldforum.org/virtual-awards/
Speaking on the awards, Sanjay Kumar, Chief Executive Officer at
Geospatial Media and Communications said: “Although it would have been
phenomenal to felicitate these outstanding individuals and organizations in
person, nevertheless our team is excited to produce our very first virtual
awards. We look forward to hosting the global geospatial community again albeit
Here’s the award categories and list of winners:
Making A Difference
Champions whose exceptional
and most innovative, forward looking visions have made a significant difference
to the growth of the industry and community at large.
Impact – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Art of Living Foundation
For his concerted
attempts at the preservation of natural resources and relentless efforts
towards empowering local communities through The Art of Living Foundation
and Public Policy – Stefan Schweinfest, United Nations
inclusivity in global geospatial information management, leading to the
recognition of geospatial technologies being key to developing a sustainable
& Data Economy – Mariana Mazzucato, Institute for Innovation and Public
Purpose, University College London
For her advocacy in
conceiving mission-oriented innovation policies, making a significant impact on
the overall value chain of Earth observation and geospatial industry, globally.
Geospatial World Leadership
Leadership Awards are drawn from various categories to recognize the undisputed
leader of the year in selective fields. As the geospatial industry undergoes a
drastic process of transformation, these individuals and organizations brought
dramatic advancements in technologies with enthusiasm and innovative thinking in
their area of expertise, driving our industry towards the future.
Achievement Award – Alessandro Annoni
For playing a pivotal
role in the development and proliferation of spatial sciences in Europe for
over two decades; creating major impact on information technology applications
to the management of geospatial data, promoting their openness and value.
Achievement Award – Mark Reichardt
For playing a
fundamental role in bringing together diverse communities to the table for the
cause of open geospatial standards; driving Open Geospatial Consortium into a
truly global organization.
Ambassador of the Year – Janet Ranganathan, World Resources Institute
For exemplary leadership
in facilitating utilization of geospatial data and satellite imageries across
different programs, as well as championing open data platforms for a healthy
Geospatial Champion of the Year – Africa Flores, SERVIR
For her passion towards
facilitating the utilization of geospatial data and satellite imageries across
different environmental programs.
Leader of the Year – Teresa Carlson, Amazon Web Services
For her visionary
leadership in the AWS Ground Station initiative, which has been instrumental in
redefining the overall business value chain of the satellite imaging industry.
of the Year – Rafal Modrzewski, ICEYE
For founding ICEYE, the
first satellite operator to fit the SAR technology into a satellite weighing
less than 100kg, thereby ensuring quick SAR imagery at lower cost.
Company of the Year – Oracle
For decades of
supporting multiple data models, algorithms and workload types in its database
architecture; promoting democratization of spatial data.
of the Year – Cesium
For its an end-to-end
platform that unleashes the potential of 3D data by making it easy for
developers to visualize, analyze and share content.
Geospatial Agency of the Year – Norwegian Mapping Authority
For its continuous
efforts to improve access to data through cooperation, communication and
innovation; making geospatial data pivotal to the nation’s economic activities.
Public Policy & Infrastructure – Office of Land Affairs, Geodesy and
For creating an
integrated data platform comprising cartography, land, and cadaster; improving
the timeliness, availability and accessibility of geospatial information across
& Research Institution of the Year – Chubu University
For serving as a
collaborative lab and communication platform to promote Digital Earth research
in Japan and beyond.
Excellence Awards recognizes exemplary practices in various user segments
across the globe. The winning projects are selected by a panel of judges,
following an open nomination process.
geo-tagging technology in its German Rail – No Need To Fly Campaign, allowing
real-time price updates in the advertisement with detailed cost of travel from
closest airport to the foreign country. The advertisement precipitated a 24%
increase in revenue for the brand.
Engagement – City of Hamburg
For developing DIPAS
(Digital Participation System), an integrated, media-break-free digital system
for collecting georeferenced citizen contributions to planning projects. The
system also allows urban geo-data, collected in the urban data platform, as
well as the cities’ 3D model to be made available on site at citizens’ events.
and Food Security – International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
For establishing South
Asia Drought Monitoring System (SADMS), an operational drought early warning
system, to warn local communities when there is a risk of drought, improving
preparedness and decreasing risks associated with crop and food loss.
For Crowd2Map Tanzania,
a crowdsourced mapping project putting rural Tanzania on the map. With the help
of over 11,500 volunteers worldwide and 1600 on the ground in Tanzania, the
locals now have access to maps of their area, which is vital for community
Governance – Selangor State Government
For Selangor Geospatial
Management System (SELGEM), a comprehensive Geospatial data platform that
supports and enhances existing State systems to achieve sustainable development
initiatives and Selangor as a Smart State 2025.
Biodiversity – National Parks Board (NParks)
For the digitalization
of tree management in Singapore, creating a more efficient and cost saving tree
inspection tools that transforms not only the Board’s operation, but also the
city planning and its forestry and urban greenery management science.
Register to attend the
virtual award ceremony here.
Geospatial Media and Communications
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Communications has been exclusively dedicated to promoting and facilitating
growth of geospatial industry and connect the same with major economic industry
domains worldwide. The organization has gained the repute of being a premier
media organization producing world-class conferences, state-of-the-art
exhibitions, stirring print and online publications, as well as acclaimed market
reports within the domain.
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