The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) has been selected from more than 400,000 organisations worldwide to win a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award at the annual Esri User Conference in San Diego, California.
The SAG award recognises the SLA for their world-leading Spatial Challenge initiative - an annual competition that encourages the innovative use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology in Singapore's schools.
Supported by the Ministry of Education and Esri Singapore, the Spatial Challenge gives students hands-on experience with GIS technology - enabling them to create dynamic, smart maps of information to support decision-making.
Jack Dangermond, the founder and president of global mapping giant Esri, presented the award at the ceremony on 16 July.
Esri Singapore CEO Thomas Pramotedham said since launching the Spatial Challenge in 2008, SLA has helped ensure thousands of students incorporate geographic thinking into their daily lives.
"SLA is one of the most progressive users of GIS technology in the world - and their Spatial Challenge initiative has seen Singapore students develop smart solutions that address real-world challenges," said Pramotedham.
Vincent Hoong, Chief Executive of SLA, said SLA is honoured to receive this award.
"The Spatial Challenge is a key plank in our efforts to prepare our students for a future where the use of geospatial information science and technology will be pervasive and part of daily life," said Hoong.
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