Students Honored with Esri Young Scholars Award


Students who are studying at tertiary institutions in Hong Kong are encouraged to participate in the Esri Young Scholars Award (YSA) held globally each year. The competition aims to promote using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies to solve urban problems. 


Entries submitted by students this year have been of high quality and some of them are making use of 3D visualization in their projects. Hot topics like smart city development has also been covered. As the 2021 Esri User Conference (UC) went completely virtual, the YSA champion showcased his project and shared experience with other participants online at the conference. YSA winners also won a summer internship place working at the Urban Renewal Authority (URA).


The 2021 Esri YSA Presentation & Award Ceremony was held successfully in mid-July at H6 CONET, Central. We were privileged to have Ir Wai Chi Sing, GBS, JP, FHKEng, Managing Director of the Urban Renewal Authority as our Guest of Honor. Sr Paul Tsui, CEO at Esri China (HK) gave a remarkable speech to kick-off the ceremony. 


The top 3 winners David (front row from the left), Daniel and Eric shared a memorable moment with Esri China (HK) CEO Sr Paul Tsui (back row right 3) and Managing Director of URA Ir Wai Chi Sing (back row right 4) and other guests in the Ceremony.


Results of YSA 2021 are as follows:

WinnerTopicStoryMap Presentation
ChampionMr. Li Maosu, Eric, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture, HKUSave people from the concrete barriers — Integrated assessment of visual and physical accessibility to nature in 3D cities
1st Runner-upMr. Cheng Chi Chiu, David, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture, HKUExploring the Transit-oriented Development (TOD) Level of HK — Using Spatial Multiple-criteria Assessment Approach
2nd Runner-upMr. Lui Wing Hin, Daniel, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture, HKUPlan Smart; Build Smart — Improving Urban Development with BIM-GIS Integration

Mr. Li Maosu, Eric — 2021 Esri Young Scholars Award Champion (Hong Kong)


The champion Li Maosu delivered his presentation to the audiences in the ceremony.


The winners delivered a vibrant presentation on the innovative application of GIS in solving urban problems. They further explained their projects in the Q&A session. 


As the 2021 Esri YSA Presentation & Award Ceremony was successfully held, 2022 Esri YSA Competition will be started soon. Fill in the form at to receive updates for the competition.


Apart from YSA, we would like to share with our active participants that the Map in Learning (MiL) Program has been extended to 2025. We would like to see more primary and secondary schools students in Hong Kong and Macau gain free access to our GIS platform for e-learning through ArcGIS Online.