Chris Thomas, Esri’s Director of Government Markets, talks about the Climate Resilience App Challenge—what it is and why you should get involved.
Q: Who can participate in Esri’s Climate Resilience App Challenge?
A: You don’t have to already be a developer or a user of ArcGIS. This challenge is open to anyone who wants to try to save the world. Esri is offering its ArcGIS platform—including maps, apps, services, and APIs.
Q: What prompted this app challenge?
A: We want to support President Obama’s Climate Data Initiative, encouraging tech innovators to use data about climate change risks and impacts in compelling ways to help citizens, businesses, and communities makes smart choices in the face of climate change.
Q: How can people use ArcGIS to help address climate change?
A: With ArcGIS, people can help answer important questions related to climate change. For example: How are changes in weather patterns going to impact the world? How do we start preparing for these changes? What makes cities more resilient to climate change? Climate impacts reach beyond crops and wildlife—what can city planners do to rethink infrastructure design? What impacts will climate have on public health and what do health care providers need to do to adapt?
Q: Let’s talk prizes. What can people win?
A: Esri will provide up to three winners with cash prizes, starting with $10,000 for First Place. If your organization is unable to receive cash prizes, Esri will provide the equivalent value in software. Plus, the winning apps will be featured at Esri International User Conference in front of more than 16,000 ArcGIS users.
Q: What sort of apps is Esri looking for?
A: The sky is the limit. Apps may help communities prepare for, react to, and recover from severe events caused by climate, or enable everyday changes to reduce our carbon footprint. They could address challenges in public safety, transportation, economic development, healthcare, and more. Apps will be judged on the creative and effective use of data, Esri apps, maps, services, and APIs.
Q: What’s the next step for someone who wants to enter?
A: Visit www.esri.com/climate-app. From there you can learn all about the challenge, how to enter, where to find Esri developer tools. Keep in mind, the deadline is June 2.