First GIS Prize to award History Students


GIS capabilities are advancing, and it can serve a wide range of academic purposes. Department of History from Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) and Department of Civil Engineering from Chu Hai College of Higher Education (CHCHE) were embedding GIS into their courses to nurture the next generation.


Dr. Kwong Chi Man, associate professor of Department of History at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), launched the course “Topics Studies in Asian History: Introduction of Spatial History”. Near 40 students from HKBU attended a two days lesson offered by Esri China (Hong Kong) to learn using ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS StoryMaps at HKBU campus and Geospatial Lab. Group projects will be submitted for assessment. The best performing group will win the Esri China (Hong Kong) Prize in Spatial History and awarded with $10000 HKD. Vibrant StoryMaps will be showcased on Esri China (Hong Kong) StoryMaps Gallery.


Historical GIS is an emerging application, but civil engineering has a long history of applying GIS. Esri China (Hong Kong) was invited by Dr. Celine Lee Siu Lan, Assistant Professor of Department of Civil Engineering from CHCHE, to give a guest lecture on the latest GIS capabilities including integration of GIS with BIM. Students were also introduced the Esri Young Scholars Award (YSA).  2022 YSA Competition will be started soon. Fill in the form to receive updates for the competition. Winners will be given an internship from Urban Renewal Authority or Esri China (Hong Kong). They will also be selected to take part in the Esri User Conference virtually.


The 2021 Esri YSA winners from Department of Urban Planning and Design in University of Hong Kong, were invited by City Gallery to give a presentation and showcased their innovative use in GIS for smart city development. Three winners cherished the Common Spatial Data Infrastructure (CSDI) initiative opening a fast lane for accessing government data. Open data has been adopted by the Esri YSA participants. Esri China (Hong Kong) not only established a portal for users to obtain government open data but also provides guidelines of using open data from Hong Kong Geodata Store. 


HKBU Students showed enthusiasm in learning ArcGIS Online for history study.


HKBU students visited Geospatial Lab to learn georeferencing on historical maps. Staff from the Geospatial Lab introduced GIS capabilities and the facilities of the lab. 


Esri China (Hong Kong) delivered a guest lecture on latest GIS capabilities at Chu Hai College of Higher Education.


The second runner-up Mr Daniel Lui (from the left), first runner-up Mr David Cheng, champion Mr Eric Li and senior town planner Ms Irene Man shared a great conversation about GIS application in urban planning.