YSA Winners Attend Esri User Conference

Esri China (HK) has been encouraging students studying at universities from Hong Kong to participate in the Esri Young Scholars Award (YSA) program held globally by Esri. The competition aims to encourage university students to solve problems with creativity and innovation by Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies. The champion can have a chance to join the world’s largest GIS event — Esri User Conference (UC) in San Diego.

Tommy Chan from Hong Kong received his prizes for YSA 2019 in San Diego.

Champion of the YSA from Hong Kong this year went to Chan Chun Yin, Tommy, who came from the Department of Urban Planning and Design in the Faculty of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong. His project title is “Accessible to all? — Finding out inequality in public transit accessibility for Hong Kong residents”, in which he won the trip to join 2019 Esri User Conference. Tommy has had the opportunity to showcase his study at the Map Gallery and exchange his ideas with other YSA winners and GIS professionals from all over the world.

Tommy Chan received his trophy at the Esri Awards Ceremony.

To encourage more students to submit their GIS projects to the competition this year, our office in Hong Kong newly lined up with the Urban Renewal Authority to offer internship places for the top three YSA winners in Hong Kong. Chan Tin Chou, Isaac won the 1st runner up with the project, “The Geography of the Producer Services in Hong Kong — Planning, Development and Policy Implications”. Isaac, who graduated from the Department of Urban Planning and Design in the Faculty of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong, has made research to see if Kowloon East will become the next Central Business District (CBD2) in Hong Kong.

Cho Hin Ting, Frankie received the 2nd runner up for the project title, “Sensing the force of Typhoon Mangkhut — How remote sensing can help us identify weaknesses in our urban forests and prepare them for climate change”. Frankie, from the Department of Geography in the Faculty of Social Sciences at The University of Hong Kong, studied the impact of Typhoon Mangkhut which hit Hong Kong in 2018, and he hopes our city can better manage the emergency response and recovery process under climate change through this project.